Your last Bristol show fell on Valentine’s Day and there was a lot of love in that room for you – how did you enjoy that one?
All the Bristol shows we’ve ever played have been really good. Always a good responsive audience and of course the legendary Jeff always brightens things up for everyone.
Everytime we’ve seen you, you look like you’ve been having a right good time on stage. Is that always the case? And what’s your worst gig experience to date?
Yeah we’re usually having a laugh- I spend a lot of shows laughing at stupid mistakes that one of us has made or turning round to laugh at James as he drops his drumstick because he was spinning it round like Tommy Lee. I think we’ve been pretty lucky- we’ve had one particularly disastrous show which was at a festival in Spain. We were playing really late and we had taken advantage of the free bar to the point we had forgotten how to play a lot of the songs. We kept apologising down the mic because we knew it was really bad. I think we had to fight the promoter to get paid that night- we refer to that night now whenever we feel like someone in the band might have had too many pre-gig beers. We’re not proud of that one.
You’ve each got quite distinctive characters – how would you sum up each of you in just three words each?
I’m going to use popular Glaswegian promotional mottos/phrases from the past to sum us up if that’s okay.
James- Glasgow Smiles Better. Simon- (There’s a) lot Glasgowing on. Steev- Glasgow Coma Scale.
Do you prefer your own headline gigs or festival slots? And why?
Both are really good to be honest. Festivals are a good way of exposing new people to your music and are often in more interesting places than conventional shows. Obviously headline shows are good because it’s very flattering to see a big room full of people who have turned up because they like what you do.
Any collaborations, covers or remixes (of you or by you) in the pipeline?
I’ve been working on a collaboration with a Glasgow based artist called Alex Frost. We built a machine that “reads” a pattern on a shirt I own then I responded to the outcome of this with a piece of music which has been pressed onto a limited run of flexidiscs which will be given away at the Glasgow International Festival of Art in May.
What does ‘post-electro’ mean to you?
Nothing really to be honest. As with most hyphenated labels/genres I don’t think they are very helpful, particularly with regards to our music which I think borrows from a wide range of genres.
We’re digging your headwear…run us through your collection…
Simon wears bobble hat by British Heart Foundation. Steev wear deerstalker by Marks and Spencer. James wears baseball cap by Twin Peaks.
What’s the biggest error you’ve ever made?
Leaving the house one day and realising I had accidentally dressed up in the same colours as the Lidl bag I was holding.
See Errors at Simple Things Festival in Bristol this Sunday (May 6). Tickets £35adv from www.simplethingsfestival.co.uk