Our very own Ned Dylan recently interviewed Alabama 3's Larry Love about the new record, industry changes and the internet! Check out what he had to say...
Aurora Dawn kicks in with her powerful vocals as the show starts and the man I’ve just interviewed, Larry Love aka Rob Spragg enters the stage oozing casual cool wearing a leopard print jacket. He soon throws the jacket onto the floor and the band burst into new album Aurora Dawn-penned track ‘Bam A Lam’. Despite being new, the crowd lap it up as if it was an old favourite.
Talking of the new record ‘the Wimmen From Womble’ Larry tells me..
“it’s an ongoing gamble that we are willing to take because of the quality of the players around us. If you notice the album is under Alabama 3 presents, not Alabama 3. If you, as a musician, are willing to collaborate, you end up with revolutionary music.”
“People really hated it [Womble Album #1] or really loved it, which I really like. We like to f**k with people’s heads you see.” The album is not just another record for A3 as it is released on their own record label Hostage Music. They’re truly cutting out the middleman and letting fans into their world; from their stomping ground the Jamm Brixton to their new signings.
“I think that any artist worth their weight in the music industry knows that a lot of the industry was utter bullsh*t. These w*nkers in A&R who get paid loads of money to f**king sniff coke and f*ck innocent people over. They aren’t there any more. Setting up your own label is the new way forward.”
“This whole new way for misogyny is developing on the internet. And I think it’s gonna have a backlash. The girls all getting together and saying ‘F**k you motherf**kers.’ We’re up against the wall – but what do I know? A man says he’s a feminist; he’s not he’s a f**king pr*ck. I’m just very interested in strong women and what they do, they’re scaring me.”
“I think the Internet can be good and bad. Talking to people face to face, in the pub, I think is much more important than having a virtual relationship. I find the Internet contaminating; Alabama 3 have always made an effort to interact with their fans on a real basis. I think that’s why we’re still going today.”
“It’s sick. As the industry’s shrinking, labels are getting more and more desperate to market their artists. And they’re using Facebook, and they’re all f**king squabbling on there. Paying for them to have likes and all that sh*t. It’s getting twisted.”
Published on 09 November 2014 by Wayne Feltham