"For years the English have been trying to convince the world that the Germans never laugh, that they all wear storm-trooper uniforms and that they are all called Siegfried. But the German people are some of the warmest, funniest people we have ever met." - Jonny
It's been a super-busy month for Our Krypton Son with the release of his debut single 'Catalonian Love Song'. Here's a snippet of what he's been up to and what the reaction has been.
Feldberg talk to Lithuania's second largest news website '15min.lt'
Andrew talks to the Irish News about the formation of Smalltown America, how he missed out on signing Arctic Monkey's and his aspiration to create a STA prog-rock supergroup...
"The first song on the EP we wrote in about 20 minutes, which was amazing. Then it was five months until we wrote another.” - Kris
"No one with any integrity that does what we do started doing it to become rich and I suppose to have some measure of critical success would be the main goal." - Chris
"We’re much uglier and don’t have cool hair or nice threads. That’s all I seem to see in other bands these days."
"I'm not down on it but for every Villagers there are twenty fuckers that sound like him; for every Two Door there are fifty drummers playing that disco beat. It's kinda annoying - but I'm hungover today, so perhaps slightly grumpy!"
"...Comparisons, ranging from Cursive for their similarly narrative songs to the restrained rage of Fugazi and At The Drive In."
"The Belfast act's new EP, 'The Letters,' combines influences ranging from Fugazi to System of a Down into a unique amalgam of instrumental music that's as aggressive as it is melodic."
"It's reassuring to know that Fighting With Wire are flying the flag for hook-laden, head-spinning riffola."
"When we started this band it wasn't really a concious decision to be post-rock it's just that we didn't have a singer and that was just it. None of us sing and none of us wanted to start singing" - Rory Friers
"There was a unique sense of unparralled support, the stuff you dream of when you're a kid" - Tony
"We’re all country bumpkins..."
"Chris would probably be one of the Dragons on Dragons' Den. The other three of us would be dead" - Tony
"We got footage send to us by our record labelof our album release in Japan. It was so funny to see cardboard cutouts of ourselves in an HMV store in Japan! We’re only wee country bumpkins!" - Rory
"Heaven is in rehearsals, getting a new tune together" - Tony
"Who is really going to be interested in four creeps playing heavy instrumental music?" - Rory
"The guy was an ex-pat from Belfast and also bad-mouthed a lot of people we really respect from home. I think his name was BALLBAG.” - Rory Friers
"Three Irish shits trying to sell that back to Americans 15 years down the line; you know, I'm not really sure how that will go down." - Cahir O' Doherty
The rise and rise of JPL touring "We were a shithot band but complete zombies by the time it was over. Our minds had turned into the inside of a Travelodge room..."
"I think I've learnt that if you behave like you're the underdog, then that's what you'll be. Life's too short." - Pete Dixon
“People still make such a huge deal when someone in the public eye comes out, and it’s strange, really. It's worrying to a certain extent that people can still raise eyebrows, like Katy Perry has. I think sexuality is still a weapon in this industry as much as it ever was.” - Alan MX
"I get the bus from Derry to Belast quite a lot. Loads of mavericks on buses" - Cahir
"Record deals don't matter, good music matters" - Cahir
"Playing for Jetplane Landing, I realised there hadn't been a big band from Northern Ireland since Ash and that really annoyed me. When we came back from England, I wanted Northern Ireland to have a scene like the old Seattle scene." - Cahir
"We don’t follow any fashion trends. I mean I’m still wearing the same coat for the last seven years!" - Cahir O'Doherty
"I realised very quickly that ambulance people do not know what a Stone Cold Stunner is" - Cahir
"I suspect it involved buckets of both red wine and boundless optimism" - Daniel
"We're not interested in being famous for five minutes and fucking someone from Hollyoaks" - Cahir
"We're like a creepy travelling Irish gypsy family with songs and strange names." - Cahir
"It's about solidarity, about pushing not only ourselves but Northern Ireland as a whole." - Rory Friers
"We couldn't be happier with the set of songs we've chosen to record for this. We're feeling pretty confident at this stage. We don't want to be jumping the gun, but we certainly feel it is our strongest collection to date" - Tony Wright
"The one about the boy who is lying on his bed furiously jerking off..." - Cahir
"The one about the boy who is lying on his bed furiously jerking off with his headphones on and his eyes shut. When he opens his eyes his mum has left him a cup of tea and sandwich on the bedside table" - Cahir O'Doherty
"Phil Coulter body-slamming Madonna" - Andrew
"The whole thing is played in reverse after shooting it with them walking and rapping backwards" - Rory
'Man Vs Monster is the best honest-to-goodness alternative rock record to come out of Northern Ireland since Therapy's 'Troublegum''
"All of us in the band identify with that 'fuck it' mentality - life is much too short. If you're going to go down for making a bad record, you might as well go down fighting. You'll never regret taking a risk."
"If you get dropped, then try and steal a fax machine or a laptop on the way out of the building" - Andrew
"If you download our record, love it, can afford to go out and buy it but if you don’t, then you’re an asshole because you’re killing the wrong type of band. Do that to the Artic Monkey’s - they can afford it" - Andrew
"Everyone who has ever been in love helped invent it" - Bateman
"Stick them in a room with PJ Harvey and let her kick the shite out of them" - Jamie
“We always get the Robert Oppenheimer (inventor of the atomic bomb) thing, but it was just a name that we liked the sound of. From now on, I shall tell everyone that it was after Alan Oppenheimer, so thank you!” - Rocky
'Cahir wanted to to call the album, ‘In Bin Laden’s Mountain’ but we went for ‘Backlash Cop’ in the end.'
"What the fuck am I? EmoBands'r'Us? "Really appreciate it", I bet you fucking would - you fucking weirdo." - Andrew