Sunday, 29 September 2013

SO WRONG: Our interview with Frans and Magnus of The Most!

Photo: Our next interview will be with Sweden's finest new beat band, The Most! Watch this space! AB Records 

Photo by Roger Degerman
1 - What was your earliest musical memory and what inspired you towards pursuing a career in music?
Frans: "Hearing Elvis and realising what impact he had. When I was about ten living in Manchester I had a friend, who later turned out to be a girl named Pete! We used to sit in the grass and listen to 7" Beatles vinyl's on her portable record player."
Magnus: "Alice Cooper. I hate snakes."
2 - Had you been involved with any other bands prior to The Most?
Frans: "A psychedelic outfit called 'Infra'."
Magnus: "Yes!"
3 - How did The Most begin?
Magnus: "Frans and I got together and started writing."
Frans: "Yeah, we felt like we were exploring new grounds."
4 - Where did the name The Most come from?
Frans: "Oh, many years ago, going through different name changes and accepting the fact that with 'The Shirts' we had reached the lowest watermark we decided to be 'The Most'. Chris Dreja from The Yardbirds once suggested that we'd called  ourselves 'The Others' after seeing a sign at the airport." 
Magnus: "It just feels great to be on stage and say 'We're The Most'."
  5 - How would you describe the sound of The Most?
Magnus: "Beat music."
6 - You have a very retro look about you as a band and your music also harks back to the 60s beat boom. Do you consider yourself to be a retro band and what do you find so inspirational about the 60's?
Frans: "First of all, what we do comes absolutely naturally. Subconsciously we draw inspiration from what we like but most of the time it might be from the same roots as most sixties bands, that is, delta blues, bluegrass, black soul and R&B."
Magnus: "There are three things that make a good song: melody, groove and energy." 
7 - Your latest single is called 'So Wrong'. What is the song itself about and what influenced it?
Frans: "The vulnerability of human nature...sounds pretentious doesn't it! And that it's OK to be wrong, we love you anyway...haha."
8 - Who would be your dream collaboration?
Magnus: "We've already worked with Andy Bell from Oasis and Beady Eye..."
Frans: "Maybe to have Glyn Johns and Jimmy Page as producers."
9 - Any new songs in the pipeline?
Magnus: "Always, and maybe some good ones to."
10 - When can fans be expecting a new single, EP or album?
Frans: "Hopefully before Christmas."
11 - Any live dates coming up?
Magnus: "Working on dates right now. Confirmed are Pet Sounds Bar, Stockholm, November 9th and Purple Weekend, Leon, Spain, December 6th with The Flamin' Groovies and French Boutik among others."
12 - Who would be in your dream supergroup?
Frans: "Gene Krupa on drums, Paul McCartney on bass, Bo Diddley on guitar, Brian Wilson on organ and Ray Davies lead vocals. Hmm...and The Most on tiny, tiny triangles...haha."
Magnus: "Sorry, I'm not into supergroups. A great band is just four guys who know each other well and have played together so much that they make a very strong unit."
1 - Favourite Beatle?
Frans: "John McCartney - the grandfather in A Hard Day's Night...very clean!"
Magnus: "Pete Best definitely had the best title on his solo album - 'Best Of The Beatles'."
2 - Favourite band?
Frans: " Boys!"
Magnus: "The Impressions."
3 - Favourite new band?
Frans: "Beady Eye"
Magnus: "French Boutik."
4 - Favourite song?
Magnus: "Wolly Bully."
Frans: "Marmalade's 'I See the Rain'...because it rains today."
5 - Favourite album?
Frans: "Piper at the Gates of Dawn."
Magnus: "The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society."
6 - Vinyl, CD or download?
Frans: "Definitely vinyl! CD for mass consumption and downloading single songs from iTunes when desperate."
Magnus: "7" Vinyl."
7 - Style icon?
Frans: "Pete Townshend, he's got a great nose."
Magnus: "Steve McQueen."
8 - Favourite clothing brand?
Magnus: "David Watts, they're new."
Frans: "So many. Art Gallery Clothing got some nice stuff but I'm also going to follow the new David Watts brand."
9 - Favourite film?
Frans: "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls."
Magnus: "The Fly. The 1958 version, with Vincent Price."
10 - Favourite TV show?
Frans: "Don't watch much TV."
Magnus: "Monkees."
11 - Who would play you in a film of your life?
Magnus: "Steve McQueen."
Frans: "Bob Dylan...haha."
12 - Favourite food?
Frans: "Spaghetti with tomato sauce."
Magnus: "Spicy."
13 - Football team?
Magnus: "Djurgardens IF."
Frans: "The Orlando Pirates - South Africa."
Hope you enjoyed this feature on The Most! Check out our previous feature on Reckless Abandon!
Photograph by Roger Degerman
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