Internet Forever interview
Often causing a commotion on The Music Fix stereo are the wonderful Internet Forever. We ping’d off into cyberspace to meet up with Laura Wolf, Heartbeeps and Christopher Alcxxk for tea over telnet.
So, who are Internet Forever and what is this wonderful sound you are making?
HB: I'm Craig, or Heartbeeps. I suppose Internet Forever is the sum of its parts, right? Three pop musicians making pop music. This is not revolution rock.
LW: I think this wonderful sound we are making is called indie pop music. I am Laura. I like all sorts of music but mostly I am into weird conspiracy theories and eating pizza.
CA: I am Chris and I have very little serious interest in anything other than music.
How did you all meet to form Internet Forever?
LW: Craig and I were friends on the internet for years and liked each others solo stuff. We talked about collaborating together then one day he said he wanted to start a band called Internet Forever - I asked if I could join it. He said yes! I had known Chris for years and then when we needed to play live I asked him to join the band.
HB: Do y'see what we did there? We met on the internets and formed a band called Internet Forever.
It’s a good job you didn’t meet in Woolworths then. So meeting on the internet decided on the name?
CA: The name existed before the band did, so it's not so much why we chose the name as wondering why the hell a band with a name like this came to be our main use of free time.
HB: I think I saw someone say that they were leaving the internet forever. I just liked those two words together. It made me think about whether the internet would actually last forever. Could I still log on and tweet (@hrtbps, y'all) about what I was doing in the event of a zombie apocalypse - par example?
The internet was designed to withstand a zombie invasion, but amazingly it is vulnerable to Terry's Chocolate Orange. So, what’s your favourite thing about the internet?
LW: I am completely addicted to Twitter, mostly. The amount I am on there is getting ludicrous. Loads of other people in bands are totally addicted too, so I think it's OK-ish. We have a Twitter clique made up of Los Campesinos!, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Slow Club, Copy Haho and Sky Larkin members. It's pretty sad really. Find me @meganormal.
I’m tweeting more this year too – If we are plugging ourselves I’m @adge_uk
LW: I am also really really into badly written conspiracy theory websites about doomsday. Anything to do with the planet Nibiru or Mayan prophecy gets my vote. I have a Tumblr called 'Roswell That Ends Well' where I put stuff like this that I find - http://roswellthatendswell.tumblr.com
HB: At the minute it's all about Twitter for me, too, though ten years ago I thought nothing would ever surpass MSN Messenger as a means of online communication. Then I discovered Livejournal. Then I caved in and joined Facebook - you get the picture.
Have you found the internet is an important tool for getting your music out there?
LW: It's been our main tool. We put up all our original songs straight away because we wanted instant feedback and then the blogs picked up on us, so I guess that's the main reason we have had any success whatsoever.
HB: Ha ha ha…. Tool. But seriously, we wouldn't be a band without the internet. We certainly wouldn't have formed in any case. Getting our music on blogs is vital to building a fanbase. It's as simple as that. Can a band exist without the internet? It's possible. Islet seem to be doing OK without having any online presence. It just happens that we all individually love the internet.
I like the buzz around Islet as hearing their stuff is quite hard to do. This means when you do finally hear something it has more value than the endless torrent of music. It's like finding a hard-to-get record whilst flicking through the racks in your local emporium. Which leads me nicely into streaming: there are lots of people moving to a subscriptions-based model for experiencing music. Do you think there is merit in the streaming model?
LW: I like getting records and tapes, but I only buy ones that look really special and are by people I really really love. Mostly I prefer buying mp3s because I'm into not owning much since I move house so often/fake some sort of ascetic zen thing. Streaming is weird because being able to listen to things on Spotify has definitely stopped me buying some music I would have purchased. This makes me feel terrible, actually. Our single is on Spotify, which I think is good for us at this stage because it means more people will hear it. It's not like we're going to make money from it anyway.
CA: One plus side of illegal download is that no albums will ever be lost forever. Once it's online it's online. You could almost say it's on the Internet Forever.
“Boom! Tish!”… Are you currently working on an album?
LW: We have enough songs for an album and we have recorded most of them at various points ourselves or with other people. In 2010 we definitely want to bring all these songs together to make an album, but I think we have to search for something that'll make them sound like a cohesive thing. This might mean recording them all again with an awesome producer. We're trying to work this out at the moment!
Your MySpace page says “Good at songs, bad at fidelity”. I think that statement sums of some of my favourite records – with that magical “discovered a tape in a charity shop but it’s amazing” feel. How important is production to the band?
LW: I think at first we didn't give it much consideration. We made our first songs in our bedrooms on Garageband (which we didn't really know how to use) with no proper mic and it sounded how it sounded.
Now we have the option of using proper studios and proper producers it becomes more of a stylistic and aesthetic choice. We've played around in the studio with different things and what I think works best is keeping the fuzz and warmth that was in our original recordings, but actually recording and mixing things properly. We're definitely not shy of overdubs and post-production stuff anymore. That way it's not offensive to anyone’s ears. Plus it gets played on the radio and stuff, which is always nice.
Crucial stuff now: who’s your favourite robot?
CA: One of my favourite hardcore bands, Down I Go released an EP called This Is Robotcore. The best song on that was about T1000.
Next. What was your favourite album of the noughties?
HB: Here are my favourites - http://internetforeverandever.blogspot.com/2009/12/15-albums.html
CA: I'm just going to list 10 incredible albums from that decade that come to mind - this won't represent the band at all: Owls by Owls, Of Montreal's Hissing Fauna..., Tyrant by Down I Go, Shield 'Em by Shield Your Eyes, At The Drive-In's Relationship of Command, Fugazi's The Instrument, Rated R by Queens of the Stone Age, Pagan Wanderer Lu's Fight My Battles For Me, The Strokes - Is This It, Q and Not U -No Kill No Beep Beep.
You are supporting Eddie Argos’ French Resistance live dates soon. His album consists entirely of “response songs” – what song would you most like to respond to and what would you like the say?
CA: If there was an answer to this question, we'd probably have already done the song.
How does the live experience of Internet Forever differ from the studio?
LW: It's hard to answer this because, as I insinuated before, we've had lots of differing studio experiences. I'd like to say it's not really that different these days. At first the live show was different because we included live drums and noise intros to songs and stuff like that. But nowadays our new songs are written with more of a 'live' thing in mind so it's not really that different. Also, we are better at playing our songs than we used to be, so hopefully we don't sound worse than we do on record anymore!
Who in the band has the best non-musical talent?
LW: Craig definitely has a talent for photography. (http://hrtbps.com/)
What does the rest of 2010 hold in store for Internet Forever?
LW: We're going on tour in February and we're currently booking festivals and supports for bands we love too. I would really like to go over to America, perhaps for CMJ, especially since we have a 7" coming out on Art Fag over there. We have some other releases in the pipeline as well. Plus, as I said earlier, we're thinking a lot about making our album too.
HB: There should be one or two Japanese releases at some point. On a personal note, I'm hoping to put out a book of photography too. Our blog (http://internetforeverandever.blogspot.com) is updated pretty regularly if people are interested in what we're doing.
So there you have it. They are without doubt an interesting bunch of people with some great songs and wonderful ideas. We’ll be peering anxiously into the TMF router from now on keeping a close eye on Internet Forever.