THE RESEARCH

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Ellos mismos dicen que suenan como si ELTON JOHN estuviese en un garage con las RONETTES. Russell (THE DISASTER) toca los teclados (más sucios y garageros que los del ELTON, por supuesto) y canta bonitas canciones pop. Mientras Georgia y Sarah hacen las voces como en los mejores grupos de chicas de los 60 a la vez que tocan el bajo y la batería. El debut de esta joven banda inglesa ya ha despertado más que el interés de la prensa especializada en su país. Suenan a medio camino entre el pop sintetizado y melancólico de THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS y una versión dulcificada de QUASI.

Descubrí a este fantástico trío de Wakefield (UK) en su única visita a nuestro país hasta el momento, en el Festival Faraday de Vilanova i la Geltrú, y nos encantaron! Les mandamos unas preguntitas, que Russell amablemente nos contestó…

1. ¿Quién escribe las canciones? ¿Dónde encontráis la inspiración para escribir unas canciones tan bonitas?
Yo (Russell) escribo canciones cuando estoy solo y entonces se las canto a Georgia y a Sarah y, si a ellas les gusta, las tocan conmigo.

2. ¿Qué grupos influyen en el sonido de THE RESEARCH?
THE CRIBS.

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3. ¿Hay escena musical en Wakefield? ¿Algunos otros grupos de allí que deberíamos conocer?
Los chicos de Wakefield crecieron para formar excelentes grupos como THE CRIBS, PISKIE SITS, THE OLD HOUSE y LAST GANG. Somos amigos de todos ellos.

4. ¿Venís de otros grupos o tocáis en la actualidad con otra gente?
Hemos figurado como invitados en grabaciones y en conciertos de algunos de los grupos que te he señalado arriba. Georgia tiene también un discutible grupo paralelo del que no podemos hablar por razones legales a pesar de resultar explícito.

5. Ya que casi nadie vive de la música hoy en día, ¿cómo es un día normal en vuestra vida?
Wakefield es un pueblecito muy barato para vivir, así que somos como reyes aquí viviendo tan sólo de la venta de nuestros CDs.

6. ¿Cuáles son vuestros hobbies?
Russell: skateboard y nadar a braza de espaldas.
Georgia: conocer a chicos europeos en internet.
Sarah: arañar cosas, igual que un gato.

7. ¿Cómo os pusísteis en contacto con «At Large Recordings»?
Creo que nuestros mánagers contactaron con ellos por teléfono.

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8. ¿Hubiérais preferido un sello indie a una multinacional?
No, no, no. Estamos multi-contentos con los chicos de la EMI.

9. ¿Os gusta de verdad Elton John?
El álbum ‘Goodbye yellow brick road’ es bueno. También «Rocketman» y esa canción con
K.D. Lang son excelentes.

10. ¿Has podido ya hacerte con un teclado mejor o aún prefieres el sonido de ese cacharro que compraste por 9 libras?
Exacto! No utilizaba el teclado porque fuera barato necesariamente sino porque sonaba como una guitarra. He estado aprendiendo a tocar mejor la guitarra para el siguiente disco, así que con suerte la tocaré cuando estemos de gira.

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11. ¿Con qué grupo os gustaría iros de gira?
THE CRIBS.

12. ¿Está Georgia saliendo con alguien ahora mismo? ¿Tengo alguna posibilidad con ella? 😉
Ahora está saliendo con un buen tipo. Pasaron las navidades juntos, pero él se irá pronto de vacaciones con sus amigos, así que tendrás una pequeña oportunidad.

13. ¿Puedes nombrarnos tu grupo favorito de cada década?
50’s: ELVIS PRESLEY
60’s: THE BEACH BOYS
70’s: CRAZY HORSE
80’s: ORANGE JUICE
90’s: PAVEMENT

14. Dinos un disco reciente que no puedas parar de escuchar…
‘Tanglewood numbers’ de THE SILVER JEWS.

15. ¿Vuestros planes para el 2007? ¿Más conciertos en España? Nos encantó vuestro
concierto en el Faraday Festival!
Grabaremos un nuevo álbum; ahora mismo estamos negociando con EMI sobre el productor. Tenemos un nuevo compañero de grupo, Johnny White, a la guitarra eléctrica, así que tocaremos mucho para que se adapte. Si hay suerte, tocaremos en el Festival Faraday con THE HORRORS; me he obsesionado con ellos desde la última vez. Subimos un árbol y fui el ganador!

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[ENGLISH]

Unless otherwise stated, all of the following events occurred in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Georgia smiled at Russell in the corridor of an old converted hunting lodge with a huge stainless steel kitchen as they were moving in. Russell looked straight past Georgia, but it wasn’t his fault… he is socially retarded. Nevertheless, she still holds it against him. Every day they would share a car to college where they would see Sarah. They didn’t actually speak to her for another two years. She was unapproachably friendly. Sarah wrote and performed pretty songs on a blue acoustic guitar. Russell loved songs platonically, from a distance. Georgia loved boys, less platonically, at quite close range. In the summer of 2003, Russell asked Sarah if she’d consider playing the drums in a new band with him. She said she couldn’t play the drums. He said «how hard can it be?» By this time Georgia and Russell had the kind of relationship that had surpassed politeness and consideration. Russell informed Georgia she would be the bass player in this new band. They thought ‘The Research’ sounded like a fashionable name. By the time they realised they needed an ‘s’ on the end it was too late.

The first step was to get some instruments. Russell found a keyboard for £9 in Cash Converters and an ‘EZ Organ’ book with chord diagrams. Initially, the drum kit and bass guitar were borrowed from friends. They couldn’t believe how easy it was to make music. When they had three songs to their name, a girl called Lucy asked them to play a charity event at the local Salvation Army hall where they had to plug the bass into the speaker cabinet on the organ. After that they played at a swanky wine bar in the centre of Wakefield where they met three funny brothers called ‘The Cribs’. They recorded a demo tape with a Scotsman who lived and worked in a haunted tower called Green Mount Villas. There were six songs on it and they were really proud of all of them. Some other people liked them too. Sarah went to America to get away from Georgia and Russell, but while she was gone, they had lots of conversations with record companies. Most of them hadn’t even heard The Research. Russell couldn’t believe that A&R people sit in their offices in London and phone promoters in Wakefield to find out whether a band was any good, so he charged them all £2 for demo tapes. He never cashed the cheque from Sony because it looked so funny.

Sarah returned to England 5 months later to find that Russell had extended his name to Russell (THE DISASTER) and Georgia had got a new haircut and a new boyfriend. They played a gig on the night she returned and fell in love all over again. A lovely guy called Whiskas booked them loads of brilliant gigs in Leeds. The Research saved up £60 and bought a bass guitar. Then, when they could afford it they bought a snare drum. The bass drum and the hi-hats are still borrowed. They can fit all their equipment in the back of a Ford Escort Estate along with themselves and one extra passenger at the same time.

THE RESEARCH are a fantastic band from Wakefield (UK), I saw them live on their unique visit to Spain, in the Faraday Festival, near Barcelona, and we loved them… Here are some questions we asked them, and Russell answered us…

1. Who writes the songs? Where do you find the inspiration to write those beautiful songs?
I (Russell) write songs when i am alone and then i sing them to Georgia and Sarah and, if they like them, they play some music along with me.

2. Which bands influence the sound of THE RESEARCH?
THE CRIBS.

3. Is there a musical scene in Wakefield? any ther interesting bands from Wakefield that we should know?
The children of Wakefield grew up to form excellent bands like THE CRIBS, PISKIE SITS, THE OLD HOUSE and LAST GANG. We are friends with them.

4. Do any of you come from other bands or have played in other bands in the past or today?
We have all been known to guest on recordings and at rare concerts by some of the local bands listed above. Also, Georgia has a very controversial side-project that we are not allowed to speak of for legal reasons regarding it’s explicitness.

5. As almost no-one lives on music nowadays, what do you do in a normal day?
Wakefield is a very cheap town to live in so we live like kings here solely from the income of our CD sales.

6. …And what are your hobbies?
Russell: skateboarding and swimming the backstroke.
Georgia: interacting with European men on the internet.
Sarah: scratching things, like a cat.

7. How did you get in touch with «At Large Recordings»?
I think our managers got in touch with them on the telephone.

8. Would you have preferred an indie label instead of a major?
No no no. We are major-happy with the emi guys.

9. Do you really like Elton John???
The «goodbye yellow brick road» album is good.  Also «rocketman» and that song with K.D. Lang are excellent.

10. Have you managed to buy a better keyboard or do you still love that sound from the keyboard you bought for £9?
Exactly… I didn’t use the keyboard because it was cheap, necessarily, but because it sounded more like a guitar to me. I’ve actually been learning to play the guitar better for the next record so hopefully I’ll play that when we tour again.

11. Which band would you love to tour with?
THE CRIBS.

12. Is Georgia going out with anyone now? Do I have any possibility to go out with her? 😉
She does have a good man at the moment. They spent Christmas together, but he is going on holiday with his friends soon so there is a small chance for you.

13. Can you name your favourite band from each decade?
Best of the 50’s: ELVIS PRESLEY
Best of the 60’s: THE BEACH BOYS
Best of the 70’s: CRAZY HORSE
Best of the 80’s: ORANGE JUICE
Best of the 90’s: PAVEMENT

14. Name a recent record you can’t stop listening to.
‘Tanglewood numbers’ from THE SILVER JEWS.

15. Which are your plans for 2007? Any other gigs in Spain? We really loved your gig at the Faraday Festival in July 2006!!!
We will be recording a new record – we’re just negotiating with emi about the producer.  We’ve got a new bandmate, Johnny White, on the electric guitar, so we’ll be touring a lot to toughen him up.  Hopefully we’ll play the Faraday Festival with The Horrors – I have been obsessed
with them ever since the last time. We raced up a small tree and I was the winner.

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