ROA Interview 1987

Transcript of an unidentified interview, circa Always There single.

“Touring with The Mission was good for us” nods singer Phil Morris. “The sort of people that will go and see The Mission may never have heard of us but will go for us anyway ’cause we’re a similar sort of band”

So they wear sunglasses after dark?

“Uh, I have done” Phil admits Don’t people laugh? “Uh, only ’cause theres never any sun” Glenn replies. A sense of humour is present, folded neatly on top of an innocence which doesn’t even suspect the ugliness The Rose of Avalanche might have come up against if they hadn’t timed their arrival with the second coming of Led Zep.

“It seems to me The Cult started doing things they wanted to do instead of doing music for an indie scene or goths or whatever”

Fair enough and , thankfully, ROA don’t sound much like the heavy bone crushing dinosaurs they idolise. Always There is a romantically catchy guitar tingling single.

“I think I’m a romantic at heart, and my best songs are about women and all the business. Always There is saying to my girlfriend, even if she died she would always be there and be my friend and all that crap”

Everybody wants to be super human, and thats why rock ‘n’ roll bands that have that escapism element do well” says guitarist Glenn Shultz.

“You’re living out other peoples fantasies. I don’t think people often actually have casual sex… I can’t imagine anybody just having sex with someone they didn’t like! It seems pointless somehow”

“It might to you” Phil splutters, “but…”

Glenn “Okay, I’ve got it sussed now. I think romance is a byproduct of sex. If you have sex with somebody more than a few times you’re going to start liking them”

Sweetness aside, these boys have their eyes fixed on American, on the charts, on the major league. The new single’s b-side is the Doors Waiting For The Sun and the complexity of the song thrills them. “I don’t think it hurts being associated with The Doors or any classic rock band from the Sixties. I think what’s gonna happen soon is people are going to start listening to all these older bands, even further back like Cream. I think its coming back to the stage where being a good musician means you play really well.