Serpents' Cove, Auckland
From New Zealand music industry awards (Spreadmouth band interview):
"Well that's a very generous sentiment. But to be fair to the others Silke, Spreadmouth is a unit in which we all play a role. I think of ourselves as an army in the war against mediocrity. Yes, perhaps I, Matthew, am the general of that army. But there's a great deal of pressure that goes with the responsibility of that leadership and the direction that I take our war dance...."
"It is indeed true that we are very very good. I feel a bit funny saying that about ourselves but when you're good you're good! Any modesty would be falsely applied and we're not about being false Silke. We're the real deal. You can trust us."
"No Silke, I don't think you could call us an overnight success. We've done the hard yards to get where we are today."
"Pardon me, I' don't usually eat squid; When I woke up it was all through my bed, couldn't help myself. Nasty the next day, sorry."
"Fuck that stinks"
"Oh yeah sure there were times I thought about packing it in Silke, it hasn't all been a bed of fucken' roses I'll tell you that much for free; but I didn't want to let our millions of fans down so I stuck with it. Sure there's heaps of glamour and stuff that goes with it but sometimes you just get sick of all the adulation...it's not why we do it, that's just not what its been about for us.....yeah......"
“I’ll probably marry a film star and like settle down in a mansion, you know? Just like just a totally normal regular person, or maybe a rapper, I love talking! Or James Cameron – I sooo loved that documentary about those poor people on that planet. You know the mining industry has so much to answer for. I’d never marry a miner. Not after they did that.”
“The worst thing about being in an international touring band?, ha, ha....well...um.... sometimes I think half the guys I root are just doing it so they can say they rooted off so and so from like that band.”
“I must be like a notch in the headboard in like 20 countries, Charlotte.”
“No, my mom said you can’t pregnant if you have a pee afterward. I once pissed in this guys face.”
“I thought he wasn’t looking but he knew it was me.”
"Sometimes it's hard, Silke, as Jeff is away so often with his international fashion hand- model side project."
"Probably nothing until South By South West and then London."
"I can still smell it, open a window."
"Yep, the new album "MUSIC FOR FUCKWITS" is well on the way and should be in shops for Christmas. I'm sure you'll love it."
"An ethereal choir lays the sweet nest upon which the rest of the arrangements would rest. A mixture of classical scales, indian bangra, greek felafels, Oscar Wilde, post post-punk, Jerry Lee Lewis and Griffin Fairmont bring the songs into reality."
"On top of an obstinate and strangely queer percussive tempo (softened by wearing a beard), you hear the sometimes sweet and sometimes savage expressions of the guitarist telling us his story..."
"Our bass player is a fuckwit, Troy. But has met the Queen so that must count for something.
"No, he's absolutely correct Troy - I really am a complete cock."
"There are a lot of nutlickers out there, Charlotte, trying to be too fancy, too clever with music, Spreadmouth keeps it simple. It's just bass, guitar, drums, vocals. No overdubs, no multitracking, no pitch correction. We just drink some piss and play music. The magic happens live - not on a fucken computer. Any guitar, any amp will do. One fucken note is enough."
"If you can't play it pissed without a computer it's probably shit anyway. That's why The Beatles broke up."
" We just decided to play what we wanted to hear 'cause no other cocksuckers were playing it"
"Well "BUTTER MY BREAD" (which went to number 1) is basically just 2 notes."
"LONG E" is called "LONG E" 'cause the bass plays just E for a long time. You could play it with one fucken hand.
“At the end of the day it’s the fans that matter, Silke, but hey, if we can save a few dolphins all the better.”
"10 and a half inches"
(Shouted) "This is Spreadmouth and you are listening to 95 BFM!"
"No, it was a privilege talking to yous."