Spray – Interview
Interview with Ricardo Autobahn of Spray andPete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
RA: A crying-on-the-inside type.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
RA: Spray was formed out of the ashes of pop-art terrorists the Cuban Boys. After we’d had our million selling novelty top 5 hit we got sick of giving our royalties to whoever we’d sampled. So we recorded a synthpop album Living In Neon and never looked back, or forward.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
RA: Musical: Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty
Non musical: Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
RA: We used to dream about falling in love, now we dream about falling asleep.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
RA: Nobody’s entirely sure, but there is a common theme often running through Spray songs which is our simultaneous love of pop culture and our hatred of how vapid it can be.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
RA: It’s a perfectly sensible and efficient way of listening to music. By any metric, it’s the ideal way to consume, hear and experience music. But downloading and streaming was implemented incredibly badly by an industry that ignored it for years and has been playing catch up ever since – at nobody’s expense other than the artists.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RA: Oh any of Ed Sheeran’s tat, for the money.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
RA: How incredibly middle-of-the-road musically and unambitious lyrically pop music is these days. See previous q.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
RA: We have many, but they’re few and far between. Secretly representing Eurovision is one – Ric wrote the 2006 entry Teenage Life and Jenny sang the chorus on the record – we also battled Cliff Richard for the Christmas number 1 in 1999 and Ric went to Glen Campbell’s house and made a record with him once. That’s not counting being remixed by DEVO and Ric’s role as synth player for punk pop legends Helen Love.
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
RA: We bought a bunch of new synths in February and lockdown has caused a spike in Spray creativity, but we’re not sure how that creativity will manifest itself yet.
PD. What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
RA: Spray.bandcamp.com is the central hub for anything, four (or is it five?) Spray albums, a bunch of remixes, oddball instrumental albums and hymn books.
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