1) What do you want people to hear most when they hear your music?
Basically I want people to feel moved when they hear a Presents for sally song..whether it be from a certain guitar sound or chord change or whatever..I have always loved albums where the last song tends to be an epic that truely makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up but honestly I dont think theres an excuse to not have every song on the album give you that same feeling.
2) Having music on Band Camp, along with other such platforms in music right now such as Sound Cloud, Spotify and others, do you feel that music is moving into a virtual age? Personally, I fully support the idea of downloading songs for free from Band Camp and then if I like them buying them on vinyl.
I think the internet has certainly helped in getting your music out there to a wider audience but the problem that comes with that is that there are 10 million other people doing exactly the same so a lot of good stuff goes unnoticed and gets swamped in amongst music which is maybe not as good but promoted better..i mean at the end of the day if someone has access to the internet all day to push there music then thats going to help but as nieve as it may sound I still believe that the great music will win in the end.
Plus I have only really ever bought vinyl as it sounds so much better but its also much more satisfying to have a proper product than just a download..we put a lot of thought and effort into our artwork and for all of that just to be a little square on an iphone or ipod seems a shame as it looks so much better 'in real life'.
3) How important of a factor do you feel that record labels play in music these days when pretty much anyone can put their music on the internet as opposed to having to hand out demo tapes at shows, the distribution record labels can offer, etc. It just seems like it’s a bit easier these days to succeed as a band- and even build up a strong fan base- before a label possibly comes calling for you.
Yeah like I just said it's definately a lot easier than I imagine it used to be to get heard but with that I think the gap between putting out music online to getting wider exposure through mainstream radio and magazines is bigger than ever. We have been really lucky and managed to get singles we have released independently played on radio 1 etc but for all the internet radio stations (which are great by the way) you dont have something or someone like John Peel who would literally have a 2 hour show on the biggest radio station in the country just playing new music and very experimental music exposing it to the widest audience possible..its a big shame..I still have random 7" singles that I bought from just hearing them on his show which I wouldve maybe never heard was it not for him
4) If you could tour with any single band or musician who would you pick and why?
I think it would have to be No Age..not only is the music amazing but they are great guys aswell, and we eat the same food so all in all it would be a winner.
5) Who is your favorite New Kid on the Block?
It would be Donnie Wahlberg..he was just hardcore right??
6) Who would win in a musical fight: Jack Black or Jack White?
I think if Jack Black told his best few jokes and then Jack White responded by playing some early white stripes stuff then Mr White would win hands down