- Fri, 2008-10-03 13:55
Robots in Disguise are Dee Plum (guitar, vocals) and Sue Denim (bass, vocals) Their third album We're In The Music Biz was released at the beginning of 2008 and was well recieved, gaining the girls praise for their blend of electro, call and response lyrics and general style, charm and wit. Aside from their fame through numerous appearances on The Mighty Boosh, Robots In Disguise stand up underneath the disco ball in their own right, with attitude, a wondeful electro mish-mash of music and a sense of humour, it seems there will be no stopping them. I Like Music caught up with Sue Denim for a quick chat.
"I Like Music because… it moves me up down sideways backwards forwards, life is music!” Sue, Robots In Disguise
ILM: Can you give us your own personal description of your latest single Tears?
Sue: It's a paranoid love song and one of the more lighter or phone waving worthy Robots songs!
ILM: What can fans expect if they come to see you live?
Sue: A few bruises and a warm and happy feeling in their tummies.
ILM: Is there a track you like to play live the most?
Sue: I love playing all the new ones and I still love playing Turn It Up too. In fact I love them all a bit like musical children, but the new ones are always really fun to play out.
ILM: Can you describe the Robots In Disguise process of writing and recording such good music?
Sue: Thanks! With writing me and Dee have a seed each and then we musically mate and see what comes out. Or sometimes we just jam together until a song develops. So far Chris Corner has recorded all 3 albums.
ILM: What would be your ideal night out?
Sue: A bike polo rave, then sex and sleep.
ILM: If you could change one thing about modern society what would it be and why?
Sue: Bring back penny farthings and floggings. .. Nah, I don't know, that question is endless, there's SO much about society that could be changed. My personal aim is to live a good life individually and try to be good to other people and try to be happy. One thing I do think is boring about modern society is the elevated place drink and drugs have in UK society - I think drugs should all be legalised so it's not so exciting and they'd earn loads of tax too - but also the 'partying' culture is very glamourised and really it's just about making boring situations more exciting instead of really looking at your life and making your actual life more interesting and thoughtful and exciting. For me partying is about good music, dancing, having fun, not about the stimulants you eat drink or sniff. Bear in mind I am recently turned straight edge so am still at the evangelical stage. Haha!
ILM: What are the future plans for Robots In Disguise?
Sue: Another album, hopefully produced by Peaches! :) We hope... and pray... we love her! We gotta write it first though. We've done a few bits n bobs but have been spending a lot of time on the road and also gardening (Dee) and riding bikes (me) so need to get focused!
ILM: What’s in your CD player right now?
Sue:Hercules And Love Affair, Jonathan Richman, Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush, Charlie Revel.
ILM: What is your earliest musical memory?
Sue: My mum and dad singing in the car on the way to Wales for holidays, folk songs, one called 'It was pleasant and delightful' sticks in my head, something about William and Nancy, a tail of a sailor leaving his missus for the high seas.
ILM: What is one of the best gigs you have ever been to?
Sue: Hercules And Love Affair at Koko a couple of weeks ago was amazing. I was really blown away and acting all shy and groupie-ish afterwards.
ILM: Where do you get your inspirations?
Sue: Life, death, love, the usual. Things that make you angry.
ILM: What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
Sue: I laughed a lot at this Youtube video called Fix Push that my friend Juli sent me over today. And I also laughed a great deal on holiday last week when my mum thrashed me at crazy golf and I was stuck at the Eiffel Tower pathetically hitting away and getting nowhere. Me and Dee laugh a lot together at the most retarded things, when we're not arguing!