Faintest Idea – Ignorance Is This Interview
Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?
Faintest Idea: Hello, we’re Faintest Idea, a punk band that plays ska from the East Anglian region of the UK. The band was started quite a few years ago now but only really started getting serious when we started touring around 2007(ish) and just keeps getting busier and busier haha. The poem at the start of our album ‘Voice of Treason’ kind of explains the name but the basic thought boils down to small actions and idea’s can build and build to create bigger actions and change.
Redstar73 Blog: Tell us about your next album.
Faintest Idea: We’re bang in the middle of recording our new album right now. We’ve been lucky enough on this one to work with Jerry Melchers, who’s worked with and produced bands like Capdown, King Prawn, Citizen Fish and a load of others. He’s definitely on our wave length and is really laid back to work with, which has made the whole experience really great so far. We’ve recorded 6 of the 11 new songs and they’re sounding really big. We’re definitely putting a lot more time into the production on this album, it’s taken a little longer to do but will be worth it. We’re heading back next month to record the next 5 and then it’s off to mixing and mastering and then we’ll be back out on the road.
Redstar73 Blog: What’s up next for Faintest Idea?
Faintest Idea: Finishing the album and then touring, touring and more touring. The albums taken longer than we were planning and so we haven’t been out and about as much as we usually are but that will no doubt change next year. We’re in the planning stages of taking our first trip over to Italy and hopefully Japan next year as well as the usual UK and mainland Europe tour schedule. Then obviously there will be the usual summer of festivals etc. So next years already looking pretty busy.
Redstar73 Blog: How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?
Faintest Idea: Well we all very much grew up in the DIY scene and have all been involved in it for years, so it’s very important to us. Everyone of us at some point has been part of either booking a gig, running a gig, cooking for bands, putting bands up, drawing flyers, helping to promote and all the other great things that make this scene a fun one (most of the time!) to be part of. Obviously when you’ve got a scene built on sharing and community spirit, left leaning politics are going to go hand in hand with that and I can only speak for myself (Dani) but the DIY scene definitely played a massive part in the way I view the world and the things I believe. Lyrically all the songs are political in some way but it’s not something I preach about on stage. I’ve always felt a bit uneasy standing on a stage with a microphone and talking ‘at’ people. It’s a very one way thing. That’s not to say some bands don’t do it very well because they do, it’s just not something I do. Although I’m always very up for having a conversation with anyone about these things. I think it’s important people educate themselves by reading more and discussing things with each other.
Redstar73 Blog: Highlights of the Faintest Idea story so far?
Faintest Idea: I can’t think of specific things as such but the fact we get to just travel about the world with our mates playing music still amazes me and I feel really fucking grateful for the opportunity. Oh, and touring Russia. That was insane.
Redstar73 Blog: Last Words
Faintest Idea: Not to be too pessimistic but the way things are looking at the minute, thing’s are going to get pretty fucking shit for people over the next few years, unless you happen to be really rich. The people at the top are going to keep spreading hate and try to cause tension between people because it’s a distraction away from the fact our generation has been completely robbed of our future. The thing’s that have happened since the latest in Capitalism’s long history of crisis’ in 2008 I don’t think you can call anything other than robbery. I would urge people to just try to educate themselves as much as possible, try to look at every argument from all sides and to question everything. Two people I’m reading a lot of at the minute are David Harvey and David Graeber. They both write about complicated subjects in a fairly accessible way. Check them out. Also keep your eyes and ears peeled for our new album early next year. Then come say Hello at a gig some place.
Buy their CD:
Faintest Idea – Ignorance Is This CD