We only came across these guys recently on 6 music and to be honest we are quite ashamed of the fact. Obviously we are not slagging off 6 music but the fact we have only just discovered DRR leaves us feeling somewhat lacking when we pride ourselves on our musical knowledge… That said its a delight to discover a band that have been recording for 10 years or so and you can dive headlong into their back catalogue…
DEATHROWRADIO used to go out under d_rradio and their sound differs to that which they are putting out at the moment… We will let you have a delve and discover the difference…
deathrowradio is Chris Tate and Paul Christian Patterson and they kindly answered a few questions for us…
TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?
Paul: From Monument To Masses, Human Don’t Be Angry, Mogwai – ‘Les Revenants’.
Chris: Laura Nyro, Paul Pena, WAR.
TLE: What’s the most Rock and Roll situation the band have found themselves in?
Paul: Playing at the Paradiso, Amsterdam in early 2007.
Chris: I don’t know how Rock and Roll this is, but it was a huge thrill when John Peel first played us on the radio and then invited us to play a Peel session. Sadly he died before we could record it, which was inconsiderate of him.
TLE: What’s been your favourite gig so far?
Paul: Truck festival nine, in summer 2006.
Chris: For me it was probably the gig Paul mentioned in the last question, at the Paradiso. That’s where we met Lianne Hall, and that was powerful in so many ways.
TLE: How do you describe your sound?
Paul: Forever changing and hopefully progressing.
Chris: To be honest, we usually try not to describe it.
TLE: How long have you known each other and how did you meet?
Paul: We met around 1995, possibly at Chris’ birthday party. Or maybe it was shortly before that, in one of the houses we shared with friends.
Chris: We had quite a large group of mutual friends, all pretty much living between two houses. There were lots of parties, lots of music and not much sleep.
TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing together?
Paul: Our music evolves as we do, we just try to keep improving and keep doing the best we can.
Chris: Our plan was always to evolve and change our sound, to change direction entirely every so often. We like to throw it all on it’s head, just because we can. We always loved it when artists change the style of their music, but the music maintains a recognisable certain something.
TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?
Paul: Good fun!
Chris: Definitely good fun, although these days they’re also pretty focused. We try to make the most of it because we know how hard it is not having a space in which to rehearse. But it’s great fun, constructive fun.
TLE: What is the ultimate direction for the band?
Paul: To continue making music and hopefully making people feel good.
TLE: How do you write your songs?
Chris: It depends on the style, it’s nearly always different for each album. Every time we change style, we learn or invent a set of entirely new skills and take a new approach.
Paul: We start with a basic musical idea; a riff, a melody or a chord sequence, and then allow the songs to take shape around that.
TLE: What do you think the music reflects about you as people, or is it pure escapism?
Chris: We try to always remember the beautiful feeling of hearing music which really moves us, and we try to put some of that into what we do. So our music hopefully reflects our love of the escapism that beautiful music can provide, and the way music can soundtrack certain times. That was always a big part of our plan, and that’s partly why we’re called deathrowradio.
TLE: What’s the hardest aspect of being in a band?
Chris: Lack of funds, without a doubt. I’m concerned that young people in this country with original, vibrant ideas won’t be able to fully realise them in the future, if things keep going the way they are. If creative people aren’t lucky enough to have money and their artistic ideas don’t fit with what MPs consider to be commercially viable, they won’t be nurtured the way they should be, especially if those ideas are even slightly far out. True art has nothing to do with making money, but the UK government think art should only be made with financial profit in mind, and they’re taking steps to make that the norm. Having said that, the best art often comes from having something to kick against, so something very culturally exciting could be just around the corner. I hope so.
TLE: What’s the one rule that must remain unbroken?
Chris: Never kill anybody.
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