Old favourites Proto Idiot have just released their long anticipated new release Proto Idiot For Dummies. So in the name of punk and discovery, Third Outing caught up with one of the idiots, ill-advised and irrelevant front man and brain behind the threesome Andrew Anderson. Here's what he had to say about the new release and the last time he faced @3rd...
The last time we spoke we said you were the "Return of the Punk". How did you react to that?
We reacted by singing Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison who was, until recently, the most successful thing to come from Leicester. I'm not sure whether we are punk or not, and I don't think it matters. We do what we do and we're not embarrassed about it, although our friends and relatives might be.
We said "when you find Frank Sidebottom and Eddie Tenpole Tudor in the corner of a pub cutting fingers on cheese wire guitar strings, playing the fruit machine and shouting out single sentence punk anthems 'I'm in love with the girl on the Manchester Virgin Mega-store checkout desk'". Did we get it right?
I am a big fan of Frank Sidebottom, but until now I've never listened to Eddie Tenpole Tudor. This illustrates two things: I am very ignorant about music history and one of the best things about making music is when someone says "you sound like this" and then you discover a band you've never heard of but instantly like. I'm listening to Wunderbar right now. It's utterly idiotic...naturally I approve.
Proto Idiot For Dummies is the new record. What's changed since January when we did the first interview?
We're dead famous now, and it is quite hard to live a normal life. I'm looking forward to the backlash, the wilderness years and then the triumphant cash-in comeback tour. Some bands spread this process out over a period of decades, but we're hoping to get through the whole cycle before the clocks go back in late October.
And you will! Old favourite Idiot Blues fronts the new record but what else should we be looking out for?
Look out for Better Version of Me and Razor's Edge off the new LP. Also look out for your friends, for the less fortunate and for buses and bikes when crossing busy streets.
Go on explain the rather interesting cover photo for the record?
Dressing up is fun to do. The idea is that I am a king, with Michael Floyd Seal on bass as head of the military and Callum Trent D'Arley on drums as Prime Minister. It could mean all sorts of things, equally it might not mean very much.