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to necessarily sound just like that, but I
wanted to express myself in that way,
hear something and not necessarily like
it, but be completely intrigued by it. You
couldn't disregard it as something that
wasn't worthwhile; you could see the
value in it somewhere, even if you could-
n't feel it immediately.
TMD: Who do you look up to?
FT: Everyone that I've ever played
music with, every one of my friends in a
band is someone that I look up to just for
performing. With everyone in Michigan
making music right now, it's an exciting,
exciting time right now. But it's almost
exciting to the point where you have to
work harder to make something good,
not giving into any sort of bandwagon.
You know what I mean?
TMD: Like changing your name to
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ing the Dirtbombs and the Stripes has indirectly
helped us. I am very thankful for all they've done
But I never started this band to get signed, we knew
as a band that it's all about the music. And that is
where the coolness of being from Detroit seeps
TMD: Can you talk about the evolution of the
band's sound? Early on you were pegged as mods,
but you seem to have a much broader range now.
EB: I was a mod when I was 16. I'm no longer a
mod. But part of the challenge with my writing is try-
ing to combine rawness with a pop sensibility.
Now it's like 'Hey, you guys aren't garage rock.'
Well no shit we aren't, we never said we were. It's
everyone else in the press and too much lazy journal-
ism that promotes it. It's too easy to be a band that
only plays riffs but tries to sell them to the public as
songs. And I see this everyday. It's disgusting. It's all
about the songs, when are bands gonna get that?
TMD: What does Jim Diamond (the Dirtbombs)
bring to the table as a producer?
EB: It's funny, 'cuz it's just Jim. Jim is the greatest
guy I've worked with, and I can't see myself working
with anyone else. It's not like he has a certain sound;
he basically lets bands do whatever they want. When
we get stuck for a harmony part or an organ riff, he'll
throw in some great ideas. What I like about him is
you'll find him listening to crazy Spanish guitar
music or some weird Brazilian chant stuff. He isn't
just into stupid punk rock, and that's his charm.
TMD: What are your plans for the next record?
EB: It will have more dynamics. More slower
stuff, some moodier songs. A bit of a darker feel on
some songs as well. Not all of it is written, but we
have about seven or eight songs ready to go.
TMD: Do you have any advice for the few people
left in Detroit who haven't been interviewed by NME
about how to deal with the rabid British music press?
EB: Basically, just have fun with them. Play with
them. I would make stuff up just to see if they would
interview it about me later, and they would!! I would
make up bands and then a few weeks down the line
some dork from the NME would ask me about them.
If you don't respect me, then I don't care about you.
The Sights play Saturday night with the Datsuns at
the Magic Stick in Detroit.
Courtesy of PolyVinyl
Saturday does look good to these guys.
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