Sexy Sushi: Seriously
The Nantes duo, who have recently released a new album, 'Cyril', are not the most straightforward interviewees. The questions didn't help much either! Welcome back Rebeka Warrior and Mitch Silver...
Rockfort: How is Cyril doing?
MS: Cyril’s doing ok, but generally he’s not in great health because of his liver.
RW: Christ, I’m so hot, is this heat a killer or what?
Rockfort: Do you write songs before or after breakfast
MS: I make music in the morning at around 11am and often in the evening at around 5pm before my wife comes home from work.
This afternoon I think I’m going to go and see the Dynasty exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo
Rockfort: You performed at Glastonbury Festival recently. What can you tell us about the experience? How did the audience’s respond? What did you think of the festival?
MS: What I recall most about Glastonbury is the toilets, a real paradise. Otherwise the English audiences are very polite. It was too hot to sleep in my tent at 7am and my neighbours were making love in Spanish.
I’m also going to have an Italian ice cream. Chocolate
Rockfort: What’s new with your live performance?
We’ve got a new banner, an executioner
and a PAR can
. The combination of these little accessories makes for a mystical show.
Yesterday I watched Gattaca again. In fact during the flight back from Slovakia I was listening to the soundtrack by Michael Nyman
and it made me want to re-watch the film. I remembered finding the whole thing with the hair a bit rubbish the first time round but I enjoyed it. Just like that, one day you like something that you hate the next day. I also wondered what’s happened to Ethan Hawke? He directs films now, doesn’t he?
Rockfort: What’s your attitude to political correctness?
MS: I’ve always been to vote to I think I’m pretty correct, politically.
There are still six or seven dates to go on the Cyril tour and I’m beat. When I think that Mitch nearly killed me the other night! Do you realise that, Mitch? I saw my life flash before my eyes… seriously, my head came so close to the corner of the table that I thought we were going to re-enact the Trintignant-Cantat
incident. I swear, if you injure me you’ll pay for it big time!
Rockfort: What's your opinion on fox hunting?
MS: I'm pretty much in favour and I think you Brits should take up hunting again.
When I lived in Manchester, at night we’d see the foxes rooting around in the bins. The Mancunian foxes
live on a diet of fish and chips.
Rockfort: Has Rebeka missed her train train today?
MS: Once she made me miss a plane and I can tell you I was pretty incensed.
RW: As a result they’re big and fat. They like football and drink Bud! I like Manchester, it reminds me of my home town of St Nazaire. They’re both beautiful towns. Moscow was a lovely place too. We were lucky enough to play there and to stay on for a bit. I like the imposing buildings. But I still prefer the industrial charm of St Nazchester.
Rockfort: What is your favourite French dish? Who cooks the dinner, Mitch or Reby?
The ‘blanquette de veau
’. I cook, Mitch cleans.
And I like drinking a small glass of red wine while the guy from EDF
reads the meter.
Rockfort: How do you feel about adultery?
MS: I only watch porn channels in hotels.
Ahhhh how I’d love to be in St Brevin
today. We’d play a little table tennis beneath the pines. And maybe I’d get my hammock out.
Rockfort: You are something of a phenomenon in France. Can you explain it?
Naturally, it’s because I’m a total arsehole from the 3rd arrondissement
I’m happy to go to the Dynasty exhibition but I would have preferred table tennis
. We can’t always do what we want, as my aunt would say.
Rockfort: Who would you like to see as the next president of France and why?
RW: I’m completely uninterested in politics. But then again only very few things interest me.
RW: No, Nothing at all.
Rockfort: How do you feel about the cultural policies of President Sarkozy’s government?
RW: Pfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff bing bang paf.
MS: The same?
Rockfort: Would you consider a collaboration with Mylene Farmer?
MS: I don’t mind Mylene Farmer at all actually.
I like Mylene Farmer’s music. I would never make a big fuss about it but I have listened to it… and compared with other people she isn’t in your face all the time with her TV appearances
, she’s pretty discreet
… I prefer that. Discretion is a great quality that I don’t have.
Rockfort: What is your next project after this album?
RW: Killing someone.
MS: Having a holiday!
Interview by Ludovic Merle