The only other celebrity lookalike in the band is Matt's hair which has been
known to have come straight from Graham Norton's head.
Matt's a serious surf dude. There's yet to be a time
when he's been in my studio and hasn't taken the opportunity
to check on numerous web cams to see how the surf is.
Exactly what he would do if he found out that the surf
in Croyde is 10ft I'm not sure, other than the possible
use of words such as rad, man, grinding, etc.
It's lucky that Matt has some useful skills unfortunately
DIY is not one of them. He may have an electric screwdriver
and big drill, but their use in putting up shelves is
still a mystery to him.
Moby, or Pete as we like to call him
is the band enforcer. He likes to make sure that we
all turn up for gigs at least 2 or 3 days before we
are on. His party trick is to wait until we are all
ready to sound check then ask "are your monitors
working ?" as you lean towards them he induces
the kind of feedback that shatters teeth.
He also is the producer & mix master of all our
recordings. There is nothing Pete likes more than to
see me turn up at a recording session with my mandolin
in hand and a bluegrass songbook in my pocket.
Things you won't ever hear Pete say include "I
really don't fancy a kebab tonight" and "I
hope Radioheads next album is as good as Kid A"
At last the band has its own Tia Carrere
lookalike to go with the Moby lookalike who plays bass.
Often seen sporting the band
regulation red body warmer (Matt's is a lot cleaner)
Johanna appears to be able to play any instrument placed
in her hands, although we haven't tried a Bolivian nose
flute or Hurdy Gurdy yet, although I'm sure that now
I've mentioned them Matt will be thinking of ways to
incorporate them into our future recordings.
She's far from being a tambourine
playing, backing vocal singing, one fingered keyboard
stroking, vegetarian pie making tribute to Linda McCartney.
As an integral part
of the band her vocal talents shame the rest of us.
Her vocals are a pleasure to record and mix, but I do
sometimes wish they weren't quite so good because I
waste valuable studio time just listening to them for
pleasure. Recently she found out just how hard tambourines
are after a gig spent slapping a tambourine against
her leg only to discover some rather large bruises on
her leg the next day. It's good to see that one member
of the band is prepared to suffer for their art.
Carl is a collector of historic drum kits. His first ever kit was given to
him by his parents and (this is totally true) was a
beautiful sparkly blue kit that had belonged to the
touring drummer with Frank Sinatra in the 1970's.
To help preserve and admire this piece of musical history
Carl imediately went down to the local hardware shop
and bought some matt black bike paint and covered the
whole kit, chrome hardware as well, in black paint,
a true way to treat a little piece of history.
Sadly you will not see this piece of kit at our live
shows as Carl, after being approached by auction house
Christies, decided to sell now legenary kit for £40
or in Carl currency 20 pints of beer.