Cross the line

Cross the line

We don’t know why we came here tonight

So sings Adam Kidd on “A New Low”, the hooky rush of a new single from Brighton, England’s Fragile Creatures. The track feels especially triumphant coming on the tail end of eight years of fan base building and constant gigging, a triumphant plateau of sorts. Not that this is a happy song by any means. “This is a brand new low where you’re reaching for the gutter”. The FC is on that “Street Fighting Man” grind as their country faces what the press is fond of calling “uncertain times”. Like only the very cream of protest songs, however, “A New Low” stands on its own as a great track no matter the struggles it may chronicle.

Kidd himself was nice enough to answer our questions on the new jam and much, much more.

 

You mentioned your parents went through a divorce. You think of kids as being “fragile creatures” when they are coming out of the womb and beyond. Do the other Fragile Creatures members have similar experiences?

I don’t think so…I think I am the only child of divorce from the five of us – maybe that is some kind of record nowadays?

What got you into music?

Hard to pinpoint – I played violin from the age of 7, I think, as part of a school programme. I wanted to play trumpet or cello but my parents couldn’t afford them, so violin served me well. Although I loved singing at this young age and had been playing in school orchestra, I didn’t really properly get into rock and pop music until I was about 14 and my friends asked me to join their band and play bass for them. This prompted me to learn the guitar (no bass available), listen to contemporary music (it was all Beatles before), and start-writing songs – all of which seemed to happen in the blink of teenage eye.

How would you describe the music scene in Brighton now?

So many good artists are from there. We’ve got a lot of music going on, and there are lots of amazing bands coming through all the time, in part thanks to all the music college here and nearby. I do the listings for a local music mag/label/thing called Brightonsfinest and it strikes me that we’ve got this great audience for touring bands, but don’t really have a scene for locals, at least not as strong a scene as you’d expect. I suppose too many people in bands, and audiences who want guaranteed good nights! I think there are some great local promoters working against that though, but it’s always a battle to get people out for unheard of acts. We’ve been around 7-8 years though, so I guess I probably don’t know the scene as well as a 21 year old who’s at music college.

What music do you listen to?

I listen to lots of new music because I present a new music show on TotallyRadio.Com. Cousin Kula were probably my favourite from the last show we recorded. Cool band from Bristol. For pleasure, I have this obsessive tendency to listen to one or two artists on repeat, lately that’s Father John Misty, Theo Katzman, and Andy Shauf. I did a big Clash retrospective recently, and I’m planning to do the same and revisit all of Blur’s albums, then The Mars Volta, then Little Feat. Favourite album this year is Weyes Blood’s Titanic Rising.

Do you find using social media to promote your music a drag or do enjoy it?

I hate it but it is a necessary evil. I have a love/hate relationship with social media. It gives you a bit of a kicking now and then, but it also lets you connect with people you otherwise would never connect with. I’ll take the smooth with the rough. If I could leave Facebook though I absolutely would – insidious thing. I think I’m not alone in this though – I may plan a strategic exit from Facebook over the next year or so.

Good luck with that. Tell me a fun fact about the band.

Our drummer, James Crump, can spin anything on his finger. He used to play a lot of basketball, but he’s way beyond spinning a basketball. Pass him any object and, after taking a second to figure out the centre of gravity, everything spins.

Was the latest single, “A New Low”, pointed at Brexit?

Not exactly. I was triggered by Katie Hopkins, when she compared refugees to cockroaches.

So really it’s about this polarisation of opinion, the politics of hate we all are facing, day in day out. I think we should all try and learn how to be nice to each other again.

 

 

Tina Romano