J.S.: I think so. Heh heh. This is Jim's first tour, this is the longest tour Jim's ever done and we've still got a long ways to go. I think Jim's a brilliant guitarist and I'd love to include him on the songwriting, and I think it'll be quite fruitful. I think Jim's got a very unique style, and it fits in really well with what we're doing.
So have you been able to stage dive in all the states you've been in so far?
J.S.: No! There's a couple I couldn't. There was one show where the promoter had gone on holiday, and so there wasn't enough people, and other shows where there were big bouncers with these huge signs that said: THOU SHALT NOT STAGE DIVE! But I've been pretty good, and I've gotten it in most nights, and I've a got a few scars to show for it.
What's the best and worst part of being in Pitchshifter?
J.S.: The best part is being able to explore our ideas creatively enough without having to get down on our knees and suck Mr. Boss's cock, or flip burgers at a fuckin' McDonalds. The worst part, I guess, is when people project upon you what they want you to be like although they might not know you. People who've only seen us jump up and down on the stage for forty-five minutes that think they already know what I'm like.
Do you run into a lot of people like that?
J.S.: Oh yeah, I mean people see you on MTV. "You must be a millionaire, drive around snorting cocaine in a limousine." You know, whatever. Quite a lot of women have been flashing us their breasts on this tour which I find quite perturbing! I don't know if it's my prudish Englishness, but I'm like, "Don't do that!"
Does it make you lose your concentration during the songs?
J.S.: Yeah, they just kind of go, "Here, look at my breasts." And what do you say? "Thanks." I don't know, it's kinda weird. I just try to look away most of the time...
Who are some of the people, both politically and musically, that have influenced you?
J.S.: Noam Chomsky, Jello Biafra, William Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski, Cassidy, Kerouac.
I saw on your webpage that you had Alan Moore listed as an influence.
J.S.: Yeah, Alan Moore is the man! I mean, when I was a kid reading Watchmen and V For Vendetta and a lot of others. Alan Moore is kind of like Bill Hicks, he gets away with sayin' lots of stuff because it's a bit tongue-in-cheek, or it's a comic book so it doesn't really matter. But if you actually look at the political content, it's really, radically extreme. And he can get away with it 'cause it's "just a comic book."
What are you listening to these days?
J.S.: I'm on a big retro kick at the moment. I went off guitars for about a year, now I'm mad on guitars again. The Specials, Sex Pistols, The Jam, The Who, the Subhumans. I'm still listening to a lot of old punk. New stuff: Plug, Aphrodite, Squarepusher, Spacecube... lots of mad drum 'n' bass. You know, stupid fucking mish-mash. Johnny Cash is on the player in the bus. God, tour madness, you know! "Mood music--I need Johnny Cash!!" Heh, heh, heh!
What are the five essential things you've got to take on tour with you?
J.S.: Right, number one is the laptop! I won't be goin' on tour without the laptop, I'd be fucked, I wouldn't know what to do. Number two is going to have to be the digital camera that goes with the laptop. I use it to take the pictures for the tour diary that I've been sending in. You're going to need a cd walkman with headphones, number three. Otherwise you'd go fucking insane if you can't hide in your bunk and get away from everyone and listen to music. Number four...what do you really, really need? A good book. I'm re-reading On The Road by Jack Kerouac for like the third time. I haven't actually decided if it's shit or not. Heh. I think it might be shit. I think it's the worst book he wrote, but it's his most acclaimed book. I think it might be a lot of charlatanistic bollocks compared to Bukowski and Cassidy, I'm not sure. Ha, ha! A literary comment from Jon Clayden! And five would have to be as many Hanes red-tipped white socks as you can possibly get your hands on! I go through 'em like two, three pairs a day when we're giggin'. They smell so much we throw them out the bus window while we're driving down the freeway.
What's the number one fucked-up wrong thing with the world today?
J.S.: Phhh... Humans. Ha ha ha ha ha!!! Heh!
What's the number one fucked-up right thing with Pitchshifter today?
J.S.: With Pitchshifter? Umm... The fact the people fucking finally realize that we exist after fucking being in the wilderness for like eight years!!!
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