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How did Calling All Astronauts come about? How long has this line-up been together? David: JJ and I bumped into each other about 18 months ago. We were old friends from when I managed his old band, Caffeine, and we just decided to see what we could come up with. We put it to Kristi and she was well up for it, and we’ve never looked back. Many current electronica or electronic-inspired alternative rock artists are admitting to their throwing back to or reconnecting with the 80’s. What were your feelings about that music when it was current? Does 80’s music bear the same stigma in the UK as it does in the U.S.? David: People only need to listen to us to hear that we are inspired by traditional alternative rock acts. We’ve kind of taken bits from NIN, Killing Joke, PIL, Sisters of Mercy, Pop Will Eat Itself, Psychedelic Furs, and Joy Division etc. and tried to mash it all together, having the vibe of that era but making it sound modern. Cheese 80’s like Duran Duran or Wham has just the same stigma here as it does over there, but proper alternative 80’s is still considered cool. As a former member of the punk pioneers Caffeine, guitarist JJ toured with AFI. What was his impression of the band? What other artists inspire you? JJ: Yeah, we were touring with AFI and The Offspring at the same time. They were all very cool guys, I’m inspired by good music, whoever makes it. Have some big guitar hooks and catchy melodies, and they’ve got me. Have you all always shared a love of industrial, techno and punk? How did you get to this point musically? David: We’ve always been into the same kind of scene, but isn’t that what you do in life? You don’t hang out with people that you have nothing in common with musically or politically. You mention there are a lot of political influences in Calling All Astronauts. Care to share your feelings on the riots in England? On the American Occupy movement? David: Whilst we don’t condone the riots, and it has to be said that there were a lot of people out there profiteering, it’s the underlying current of a society of haves and never will haves that is the problem. A large percentage of a whole generation has nothing to aspire to. When The Pistols sang “No Future, No Future for you” I doubt they realized just how prophetic they were. It all started going wrong in the UK when Thatcher (who was probably the most evil woman in the world at the time) sold off public

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ART, MUSIC, LITERATURE AND COMPELLING SOCIETAL VIEWS THAT LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE BOX

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ART, MUSIC, LITERATURE AND COMPELLING SOCIETAL VIEWS THAT LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE BOX

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