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Interview: Sam Endicott

UNCUT:What’s with all the Duran Duran comparisons?

ENDICOTT: I can say in all honesty that I don’t own a single Duran Duran record! I’ve heard them on the radio of course, but I don’t really know their stuff.

Do you worry that you may be over-hyped?

Hype's a double edged sword. On one level it's great since it draws people’s attention to you. But on the other side, you get people who want to be the cool guy who hates the popular bands. Everyone wants to be the first guy to call 'Emperor’s new clothes'. So what it means for us is that we have to work harder to make sure that, when you come to see us or listen to our album, we kicked your ass; we have to work harder to prove that it’s not bullshit. Which is good, cos it keeps us on our toes.

Interview By Kirsten Brearley


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