Mo*Ho*Bish*o*Pi have been gaining something of a cult following of late, what with their cutting edge views on life and current affairs. Then of course they decided to soak their audiences with water pistols at one gig. Atomic Duster caught up with them on their date at the Charlotte in Leicester. The questions were answered by all the band members, so instead of singling out who said what at the interview we have marked their responses purely as replies from the band .
AD: One of my favourite opening lyrics of the past year is "I'm in love with your daughter / You'd better call the police". That sounds very dodgy. Can you explain yourselves?
MO: (Deadpan) No. (Pause). Well it's about paedophilia isn't it? (Quotes:) "It's all over to automatic 'til I'm not yet deceased". Particularly inspired by the whole Gary Glitter thing. I think it's not only that but it's a feeling from an over protective father towards his daughter's boyfriend. There's always different sides to it.
AD: Have you still got your water pistols?
MO: Oh, they got nicked a long time ago. Oh no we've still got one in the box. They weren't the ones you pump up, but we did have one where you could spray it at an angle so it goes all over the place in different directions. No we played Terminator for the first night at Cardiff and I think we had a couple nicked that very same night. You have to make sure the crowd are into it though, otherwise you could end up getting a good kicking. The crowd on that night were just bewildered, but we used to squirt eachother as well though. The funniest thing was when Mike used to do a Bez and me and Riuchard just used to sort of try and put him off and make him go wrong.
AD: Being a band on such a tight budget, can you explain how this restricts you as artists?
MO: It just means you can't do things to the extent that you want to which is a good thing in a way and a bad thing in another. Sometimes, you want to be able to have the money to be able to spend it. Sometimes, not having the money means you have to customise your own things and do things yourself which sort of makes it more idiosyncratic to yourself. Having more money would be more useful just for practical things, like having somewhere better to live or not being bothered about paying for rehearsals. It's just the practical thing.
AD: You've been touted as the best new band in Wales, although none of you are Welsh. So what do YOU think of Anne Robinson?
MO: I think it's just a sad reflection of the Welsh people really. I don't even think it was an insult. I think they're dying so much to find someone to burn that when Anne Robinson makes a comment which was actually a compliment she gets hung out to dry. I have a mate who's Welsh, and he was really embarrassed about it - that it had blown up to this extent and that his country had taken offence to it. I mean, they have Welsh language nights over there and he can't go .even though he's Welsh! I mean it's just pathetic. It's all about being bigoted.
AD: You seem to be attempting to inject some fun back into music. What made you star wearing silly hats and make up and is there any danger of you ever becoming a 'serious' band?
MO: We don't wear them anymore. And we ARE serious. We have always been serious, and when you listen to the lyrics and you listen to the songs you realise that. I just find it really tedious that there's a lot of bands who go on who are really straight and really boring. What we wanted to do was to not only write better songs, but we wanted to look better and create a different atmosphere to other bands. I mean, it's just press photos and stuff where we're wearing the hats, but we've always been a serious band. You described "Playboy" as a fun song but it IS an argument. It's not like crappy rhymes - it is an intelligent song as well, you know.
AD: The new single, "When I'm thinking of names (for nameless things)". What's that supposed to mean exactly?
MO: I was actually flicking through the TV and honest to God, through the three, four, five channels, people said "Thinking names for nameless things". And that's how it came about.
AD: Finally, The NME has recently featured such bands as Hear'Say and Dsetiny's Child on their cover. What do you think about that?
MO: I think they're just trying to reflect what's going on in the music world today. I can understand the Destiny's Child cover because they are a worldwide phenomenon. It's like when the Spice Girls came out, they were featured on the cover because you can't just ignore it. It's happening. As for Hear'Say, they can just f*** off.
A sentiment no doubt echoed all across the universe I would think.
Interview by Tone E and Nick James
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