Landing have been featured quite a lot recently in the NME. You might
wonder why this is such an achievement, but how many bands do YOU know
who have done absolutely EVERYTHING themselves and managed even a thimble
sized article in that music paper?
Andrew Ferris, the bands Derry Born vocalist and guitarist made
a space in his ever expanding diary to tell us how he saw things going
AD: How did the NME/Ash gig go at the London Astoria? Any interesting
tales to tell?
We had a fantastic night the other bands were really cool and
helpful. I think I had a bit too much aftershow and tonic though
so Im probably not the best person to ask about what happened
AD: On your website, you said that Andrew would like to apologise
to Colin from Hundred Reasons for boring him to death at
the after show party. What on earth was he talking about to achieve
AF: We got locked in a discussion about the Promise Ring and Braid
I think, its all a bit fuzzy. I think we got into My Bloody Valentine
B-sides at one point, but that may have been someone else.
AD: How has the gig affected you, personally and financially?
AF: Personally, it is a fond memory, Ill always remember the
first time we rocked the Astoria. Lethal! you know, its nice
to do these things and its a great treat to have your van
unloaded for you. Financially, bands are better off when they book a
show themselves, take a split with the promoter and sell their merch
to loads of punters. The machine needs to be fed by thousands of fans
before gigs like that make economical sense to artists. We try never
to lose money on a show, and I think we broke even just, on that
night. Corporate math is a scary animal. We got paid £100. Most
bands at our level dont get paid anything when you do big shows,
so thanks to the promoters for that.
AD: You seem to be doing a lot for other bands as well as yourselves,
offering to sell merchandise for them whilst out on the road, and reviewing
stuff in the fanzine. How important is this to you?
AF: Id say its important to us as people rather than as a
band. Weve all been in loads of bands, for loads of years and
have done countless shows. The DIY aesthetic is something we hold very
dear, and actively encourage other bands to get involved in. There is
such a huge burgeoning scene, involving promoters/fanzine writers/bands
willing to get things done. Its amazing once you start to uncover it.
The UK is so far behind the US infrastructure-wise, US bands can tour
themselves interstate and actually make money. Slowly, through the internet,
email (like this interview) and people dedicating their time for love
of new music, things are changing. Actually, youd be surprised
about how many popular bands out there who lend their support to the
AD: How come youre only giving away a lyric sheet to your new
single with every tenth record you sell as opposed to all of them?
AF: Financial reasons. We hand press all the sleeves and lyric sheets,
so it costs quite a bit. Actually in the end, for summer ends it wasnt
every tenth sleeve, 50 were inserted at random, we got a bit confused.
AD: How are you managing to keep your feet on the ground at the moment,
given all the excitement of late?
AF: Well weve got a UK Tour starting March 13 www.jetplanelanding.com/live.htm
so rehearsal for that as well as recording the new EP (out in May) has
kept us fairly busy. There are always things to do!
AD: What kept you going after being dropped from your previous label,
culminating in your recent success?
AF: I think your decisions are made for you. Jamie and I began writing
together, as the previous band were dropped from Geffen. If we hadnt
really enjoyed that material, then jetplane wouldnt have happened.
There was never really the discussion of packing it in we just
changed. I hadnt sung a lead vocal until 3 years ago, up until
that point I had just played guitar.
AD: You will more than likely be a featured interview alongside the
one we recently carried out with Norman Wisdom! Are there any similarities
between yourselves and the man himself?
AF: I too can fall down stairs in a humorous way.
AD: Can you plug yourselves and your forthcoming single and album
in ten words?
AF: JETPLANE LANDING ROCK! THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW.
AD: Is there anything else youd personally like to talk about
that we havent covered? If so, go ahead, heres your chance
AF: Just that zero for conduct the bands first album
comes out through Yoga Boy Records on March 4th, summer ends
the new single is out February 25th. The tour starts March 13th in London
and goes through most of the UK. After that well do another Southern
England tour in April/May. Thanks to everyone for all their support
and well see you soon at a show. Keep it TENSE! And get in touch!
Enough said really. Check out the bands website, www.jetplanelanding.com
If youre suitably impressed with them, you can contact
them by email
and the ever amiable Andrew will more than likely get back to you. Especially
if you have a band that wants to support em. Hurry though
it wont be so easy once theyve taken over the world.
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