It's almost a revolution in itself that thanks to local promoters
MONO, Pure Reason Revolution are playing tonight inside the
realms of a Milton Keynes shopping centre. It certainly gets
the vote of Chloe; "It's great to walk out of a venue
into a nice warm complex and to a plethora of restaurants
and bars. Fuck character, I want comfort."
Indeed, as I drink with guitarists Chloe and Jon in such a
bar on the shopping centre's lower level, I confess it's been
a while since we last met. It was in fact last July, when
the band played at one of our promotions in Luton. I would
like to say that the Luton gig played some part of the band's
success, but it's doubtful. Instead their manager Jonathan
Cook, will later tell a tale of how the band got signed. A
story that includes late night calls from America, bribery
and frantic hunts for lost demo disks amongst other things.
As I recall the band members were multi-talented and would
often swap instruments on stage. Was that still the case?
"Yes, it's nice to have a bit of variation and no-one
gets bored," admits Chloe.
So it's like an office thing, you cover for when someone else
Chloe, proclaimed band tambourine shaker, laughs. "It
would be a bit tricky," she continues after regaining
some composure. "Though we might be able to. It would
be more interesting to watch as well, to see the rotation
The last time I watched the band, they were supporting Hope
Of The States at the London Astoria. It was the one where
the smoke machine went a bit over the top for everyone. Chloe
laughs as I reminisce. It had been mentioned previously in
an interview that those gigs were the biggest that the band
had played. So how did they come about?