Indeed, I better stop myself from going
on. Luke switches sofas to help Rob while Joel enters the
room. Discussions then begin between the band members on the
course of the action for the rest of their free time.
"I haven't got a Scooby", comes the loud cockney
cry from Luke as Rob reads aloud one of the questions. Some
of the questions in the new interview are proving not to be
too favourable and to prevent the interview becoming farcical
it's suggested that the band go over it tomorrow. So it's
break time. Grant has disappeared, Luke leaves the room talking
on the phone and Joel and Rob decide to watch the Real Madrid
vs Arsenal game.
After accidentally setting off the alarms at the venue Rob
and I eventually make it to the pub. For the time being we've
left Joel back in the dressing room to listen to some of the
mixes that Ian's sent by email. Eventually he joins us half
way through the first half. There's not much talk and if there
is, it's of football.
At half time Joel reveals details of the band's experience
on Soccer AM. "They kept calling Luke 'Robin Hood' because
he kept his hat on all the time. The next thing you know there
are shouts of 'Robin Hood' at the gigs. We were playing a
new song and we didn't have a title for it. I asked the audience
for one and someone shouted 'Robin Hood'. So we're calling
After the match as I walk back to the venue with the two Hammers
fans, we discuss the game's highlights but then the subject
moves to the naming of their tour manager as 'Tron'. Between
them they tell an anecdote but the details get lost later,
over time and alcohol consumption.
However I don't forget that the debut album is expected around
May, with or without Arsenal in the cup final.
Interview by Andrew Mclean 2006, Photography
© The Rifles