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The Sick-Leaves - Tunnel Vision

2006-09-07 13:07
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Jean Barker for Are the Sick Leaves still in the SA rock band honeymoon period - or do you fight?

All: Musically we're very together at the moment and that's the most important thing. But we do fight now and then over beautiful women… When have you felt most understood as a band?

Eks: Playing great live shows, getting play listed on national radio and being seen everywhere. Every time someone comes up to give a compliment or when you see someone move to the music in the crowd. If people like your music, who else should they listen to or buy?

Eks: Our influences are very wide but bands we have been compared to is Radiohead (before Kid A), Suede, Kings of Leon and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. What do you do to make money - or is this it?

Eks: Unemployed regarding 9 - 5.
Quin & Wesley: This is it. What would a fan have to do or say to really impress you?

All: Everybody needs a bosom for a pillow. If there's one onstage memory you all laugh about, that's a big touchstone or that's really important to you, which would it be?

Wesley: Quin's face staring at girls going topless.
Eks: A important moment for us was playing Oppikoppi this year. Personally I regard it as a watershed for The Sick-Leaves. To play that big a festival with only 5 shows behind us as the three of us together took some doing. I think it brought home the fact to the other two that this is not just a hobby anymore but something much bigger and important. How was touring overseas? Are you trying to reach the overseas market with your music?

Eks: Our overseas trip was postponed until next year because of commitments here to promote Tunnel Vision, our debut album. Our main aim is to get an international record deal and with the people we have surrounded ourselves with in the past few months we are very optimistic and excited about what the future hold for us. What is South African about your sound, or your band?

All: Determination and perseverance. Praise a South African and he will disappoint you, write him off and he's the most dangerous creature you'll ever encounter. (Ed: I refuse to believe you all said that at the same time, even in an email interview.) If you had pets, what would you call them?

Eks: Flaps
Quin: Abbarates (I made up this word) Wesley: Napoleon Who's the worst smelling member of your band? Eks & Wesley: Quin!
Quin: No I'm not!
Eks & Wesley: Yeah, maybe we're a bit harsh. Quin's gotta a girlfriend so he looks well after himself. In general we're a very "clean" band. Who in the band is going to settle down, get married and have kids first? Or is this forever?
Eks: Who knows what the future holds, but at this stage I’m in this forever with a twist on the side. Wesley: Forever.
Quin: Together. Where do you see yourself five minutes from now?
All: We're about to play a show so probably on stage.

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