The former Czar and singer-songwriter talks us through his back catalogue
Welcome to The Czars: purveyors of fine arthouse indie tunes. Self-released, this was recorded in the basement belonging to the producer’s mother.
JOHN GRANT: I haven’t listened to Moodswing since the day it came out. I don’t really listen to my old music. I was in this hostel in Reykjavik recently and “The Hymn” from the Goodbye album came on while I was sitting there having my dinner. It was like having a conversation about diarrhoea while eating a plate of chilli. The producer on Moodswing was Bob Ferbrache, along with the band. Bob is a bit of a Denver institution; he’s done a lot of stuff with David Eugene Edwards of 16 Horsepower. He was very eccentric… a bit tricky. But he really loved me and I liked him and we had great conversations about movies because we both loved Fassbinder and Herzog. He lived in his mother’s basement and had a studio there where we recorded the first two albums. We didn’t know shit about anything. I was scared shitless to sing in front of anyone. You had to just drag everything out of me ’cos I didn’t feel I had the right to do anything. My singing is very mumbly because I didn’t want people to know what I was talking about. Some of the old stuff I’m really proud of. The reason it’s painful to listen to is because of who I was and how much I didn’t like who I was. The rejection I received when I was young for being a homosexual… that’s nothing compared to the number you do on yourself when you’ve been taught that you are not a human like other people.