Where and when was your first show? Our first ever show was in Leeds, UK in a pub called The Vine. It was an old man's drinking pub where someone had the great idea to put bands on while the extremely un-interested customers poured pints of Tetley's* down their throats. I remember there were rats out back where you loaded in. It's closed now. * Tetley's is a local ale made in Leeds, but also (rather confusingly) a brand of hot breakfast tea.
What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence? Growing up in the UK we're brought up on Beatles music from a very young age. We even sing them in school assembly, so that's obviously a huge influence on most British bands. We were all children of the 90s Brit-pop era and the Blur/Oasis/Supergrass etc, so that's probably why melody is such a vital thing to us. Now, we all have such varied musical tastes within the band that we draw on all these different influences. If you're ever (un)lucky enough to ride in our van on a long drive you're just as likely to hear Fleetwood Mac and Radiohead as you are to hear Yazoo or Rihanna.
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences? We once played in Smuckers jam factory at 7am.... I don't think any further explanation is required?!?!
Favorite Food: Pakistani Curry with chapati Favorite Drink: Hard to narrow it down (we are British don't you know)... Guinness, vodka soda and a "Cheeky Vinto" for Driver!
If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself? I think we're a lot like the Ninja Turtles. I don't care what you say, that first movie they did in 1990 was awesome! (Other band members and/or the rest of America may disagree with me here). Danny would have to be the leader, Leonardo. Nova is the clown so he's obviously Michelangelo, and Aimee has a certain charm that always gets her own way so she's Raphael. Guess that leaves Me (Chris) as Donatello... the undeniable genius of the group. BOOM!
Cat-Person, Dog-Person, or both? Aimee has a little terror called Vinnie (see pic).
What two words would best describe your music? Turtle Power