"......... I would imagine it'd be quite easy for any
band to come back from Japan still buzzing off what was happening
over there and think maybe it'd be like that here in England.
We just treated it as an isolated week separate from what
was going in over here."
So have you been writing any new material on the tour bus?
"We try to write songs not on the tour bus, more in hotels
and also at sound checks. You can only go through the sings
in the set so many times. You don't really want to go through
the full set every sound check. So we start doing other stuff
because as long as you get the levels right it doesn't really
matter what you play. On the tour bus we read and play a lot
of scrabble. We've got a bit of scrabble book going on at
Mansun are often associated with the eighties as a key influence.
However Chad a great deal to say regarding this matter.
"It's the eighties and the seventies. We're fans of music
from both decades. I think the reason why people notice that
is because we are one of the few bands that mention those
two decades! I mean there's the nineties and then there's
the sixties and the music is just repeating itself in the
nineties, as if the seventies and eighties didn't fucking
exist you know? So the fact that our taste is so eclectic
we tell everyone because we're not ashamed of anything that
we're into. We like our pop music as much as we like rock
music. We tend to like the darker side of pop music. The kind
with melancholy tunes, nothing too aversely happy. Basically
a good tune is a good tune regardless of genre or the year
it was made or what the artist was wearing."
And what of Mansun's trademark drum machine sound?
"That was very much through necessity as much as by design.........."