Wednesday, 21 May 2008
So Extra Mundane caught up with generic indie band Coulis this week, who were in the studio putting the finishing touches to their new album, Fifty Years Of Culture – Diluted!
EXTRA MUNDANE: So what would you say your main influences are.
COULIS: Well we like everything from The Beatles to Oasis.
EXTRA MUNDANE: Cool! So how did you come up with the name Coulis?
COULIS: Well originally we were called The Marmalade but our manger said that it was a bit close to The Jam, so we thought, what’s a diluted form of jam? Hence Coulis!
EXTRA MUNDANE: Wow! So on your new album there’s a lot of songs on there that I would describe as deep. Can you elaborate on this please?
COULIS: Sure, it’s basically because we read the encyclopedia a lot so I guess its obviously going to come through in our songs. It just seeped through like osmosis or summat. In fact we've got one song called The Encyclopedia and another one that’s called Philosophy, which is all about thinking and that.
EXTRA MUNDANE: Amazing. So how did you guys meet?
COULIS: Well it’s actually a really interesting story. We both worked in Comet for six months after leaving school and we basically met there on our first day… Our first day! We got on boss and then we started talking about music and we were like 'boss we like the same bands. Wouldn't it be boss if we were in a band or summat.' So we started to write some songs and we were like these are boss. It was like fate of something.
EXTRA MUNDANE: So how do you deal with the accusations that although you sing about drudgery of working class life you don’t really have any real experience of it?
COULIS: Well… we worked in Comet for six months.
We tried to transcribe the rest of the interview but it was so garbled that the only words we could work out were Widnes, Our Kid and Two's on that. So here's the rest of the interview on video (We should have subtitled it.)
You can catch the boiler-faced idiots on their nationwide tour, which starts next month in support of their new album.