Interview LaFaro

'Tea, Crumpets and Buckfast for Breakfast'

By Daniel Robinson


It’s August, 1994. Therapy? have just come off stage at the Reading festival. Helmetand The Jesus Lizard played earlier in the day. They were all phenomenal.

It’s August 2010. A mean little band from Northern Ireland have just played their first shows at Reading and Leeds and although they claim they’ll never be as good as The Jesus Lizard, they’re opening for the other two over the coming months.


For Lafaro, the happenings of 2010 have been more vital than a Tennent’s festival. Playing beneath Therapy? and Helmet brings about a puppy-eyed awe, the realization having set in of playing on the same bill as two veterans of the kind of metallic alternative that drove them to creating their own.

And while the change in musical climate may prevent Lafaro’s debut from making as wide an impact as “Troublegum” or “Meantime” did, the rippling whispers below the surface suggest Lafaro will at least in time end up alongside Therapy?’s landmark album in great long-players from north of the border.

“The Oh Yeah Centre would like us to believe that it’s all been about Ash and The Divine Comedy, whereas Therapy? were bigger than any of those two bands, probably combined” said Jonny.


Our interview was recorded in the band’s rehearsal space itself, the belly of the beast if you must (or the web of the “eight-legged riff machine”), not a minute after they’d set their picks and sticks down, still frothing at the mouth and with the smell of riffs filthier than Embarrassing Bodies: After Hoursfresh in the air. ASIWYFA once upon a time refined their trade in these very rooms, so aside from the aroma of Kentucky Fried Marshall  amps, there was an aura of history about the place.

However appropriate the setting though, nothing could compensate for the tuneless banshee next door – whose absolutely offensive Gaga attempts can be heard throughout our entire chat. My apologies.


Aside from the glee you’d normally reserve for Christmas morning on display, its business as usual for the Belfast and Portrush boys with much of the discussion being worthy of their renowned between-song skits. A quick fire question of whom the band would have as an extra “member” saw Dave gaze longingly towards his crotch (during a recent gig Jonny Black likened it to two Coke cans welded together) and the mention of Axis Of somehow led us onto the subject of sex with other men. When they’re on before you it kind of puts the willies up you” understandably triggering this off.


Though Black is adamant that a gig is a cold experience without the banter. I always found it a bit snooty if the musician doesn’t talk to the audience because…he’s just a musician. He’s another guy…he’s not Jesus.”