(FORMLERY CALLED LIVING WITH EATING WITH DISORDER)
WITH ANFREA KERR AND JARED HAWKES
DATE 2ND JUNE 2004
Written by Gordon Taylor Of Infectious Unease Radio
With Eating Disorders are band that takes you on a journey
of wonderful lush exquisite original sound that challenges
all the senses and subconscious in a delightful way. So
enter the world of Living With Eating with Disorders with
an open mind with out fear
Living With Eating with Disorders
Andrea Kerr, Jared Hawkes, Mark Bishop, Jamie Morrison
DISCOGRAPHY: no official releases. 12 track demo ‘selling
self hate’ and 3 track demo ‘more than this’
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something to listen to, Po Box 3276, Barnet. EN5 4YT.
GORDON TAYLOR OF INFECTIOUS UNEASE RADIO
Andrea Kerr Jared Hawkes
2nd June 2004
all come from different parts of the Uk. What were your
earlier experiences of these places? When was the first
time you started playing an instrument? And when did Living
With Eating with Disorders form?
Kerr: The south side of Glasgow was a fantastic place
to grow up, Glasgow is a big enough city that there is
always a good night life and my fondest memories from
my teenage years are of the gigs I was able to see. Most
bands who come to the uk play Glasgow, and where the shows
in London may sell out or be in quite large venues, a
smaller city means smaller venues and less chance of gigs
selling out. I have seen some fantastic bands in great
little venues. As well as growing up in a city I was only
hours or minutes drive from mountains and Lochs, and the
west coast and a lot of my childhood was spent on the
west coast of Scotland or helping out on a farm. I have
always liked singing for as long as I can remember and
it’s not something that you need to buy an instrument
to be able to do though my dad plays guitar so there were
always guitars in the house. And there was always music
playing, in the house and in the car, I am instantly calmer
when there is music playing.
Hawkes: I grew up in Bournemouth which is a small tourist
town on the south coast. I didn’t like it much.
I bought a keyboard when I was 17. I thought I’d
just make noises with it, I never intended to write music
because at the time I didn’t believe I could. Months
went by, then, when no one was looking, I started to write…..
mostly rubbish. I’ve got a cassette somewhere and
if it ever gets out, I’m finished.
previous bands have you been involved in? What styles
of music did you play in these bands?
Kerr: There was a band at school I was in, for about a
week I think, apart from that I have only written with
other people, this is the first band I have gigged with.
I guess the stuff I used to write would be similar to
what I do now, the music may have been a little different
but my vocal style and lyrics would have always been similar.
Hawkes: This is the first band I’ve been in.
What instruments and equipment do
you use when producing and performing your music?
Kerr: a microphone usually helps! My voice is a little
hard to hear above the racket the others make without
one. I have a nice green bullet microphone though usually
we just use a 58.
Hawkes: The setup is pretty simple. For gigs, I use a
keyboard and sampler. For recording, it’s the same
again but with extra keyboards, a Mac and some guitar
music expresses many strong emotions that touch the listener’s
senses and subconscious in many ways. When you compose
your lyrics and music what is it that you are feeling,
and inspired by at that particular moment of creative
process? Do you write the lyrics and music at the same
time or at separate intervals?
Kerr: Anger, rejection, confusion and hurt are all things
that I might be feeling when I write. Writing is difficult
unless I am feeling a particular emotion and I find that
I can’t just sit down to write something, it has
to come naturally. Expressing my emotions through writing
is something I have always done and its just luck that
some of the things I write can be used as lyrics. The
Music and lyrics are always written separately, I write
when I feel I have to and Jared writes the music. When
Jared has something new for me to listen to I get the
feel of it, find some words to fit, and sing the melody
as I hear the music.
Hawkes: Well, for me, the emotion the most important factor,
it’s the anchor for the music. When I’m in
a writing mood, I sit at the keyboard and pick a sound,
more or less at random and using the keyboard, kind of
feel around for something, just letting my hands make
the decisions while the brain focuses on the emotion.
Eventually, the hands come up with something interesting
and that inspires me to take it further, then the brain
Andrea on a lighter note does your
rabbit still has a taste for electrical cables and music?
Kerr: And carpet, and skirting board and wallpaper. Anything
he can get his teeth round is fare game and they are sharp!
A few pairs of shoes have suffered his curiosity recently.
He also discovered chocolate, which has changed his life.
has the response been for your albums?
Kerr: there has been a fantastic response so far and that’s
been for the demos. Our first official release is due
out in July so we still have to wait and see how that
will be received but the demos have all had really great
you working on any up and coming albums?
Kerr: as soon as the final touches have been made to the
demo we will start work on the album. I am hoping to finish
recording the album quickly so we can start writing new
material. Writing is what I think I enjoy doing best.
are signed to John Fryer’s label “Something
To Listen To”, a man who has produced such bands
label like 4AD, Nine Inch Nails, Love and Rockets, This
Mortal Coil, Him, Sister Machine Gun, Die Krupps, Cocteau
Twins, White Zombie, Sarah Mclachlan, Laibach, Depeche
Mode. How did you meet him? I get a strong impression
that he is encouraging with peoples music and makes sure
that he gets the best out of them for a finished project.
Kerr: John and I met a few years ago in a studio I was
working for. It’s a sort of fairytale really, the
kind of thing you think doesn’t happen in real life,
I moved to London to pursue a career in music and found
a job in a recording and rehearsal studio. John was working
on the Rico session the first time we met and a few years
later was back in for a meeting when we got chatting and
I gave him a copy of our demos. He just fell in love with
the music and offered to help us, even before he started
his label, so being part of ‘something to listen
to’ felt like finding the music it’s natural
Hawkes: Yeah, John completely understands what we’re
about and what we’re trying to achieve. He’s
an amazing engineer too.
music has many styles of sound. To people who may not
have heard of Living With Eating with Disorders how would
you describe your sound to them?
Kerr: It is a building of sounds and guitars that can
be quite slow and quite timid then it can be loud and
aggressive. I have difficulty describing it to be honest.
Hawkes: oh, not this question – it’s too hard.
I find it impossible to describe without over simplifying
it - “you know, it’s got electronic bits with
some guitars and Andrea sings on it……”.
you get the time what music do you enjoy listening to?
Kerr: Bowie is a big favorite at the moment. QOTSA, 80’s
Matchbox, I think I go through phases where I listen to
one particular thing on overkill and at the moment it
is Bowie, there is a lot to listen to!
Hawkes: Talking Heads, Soul Coughing, David Bowie, Brian
Eno, Beastie Boys, Severed Heads, Autechre
have many interesting photos of the band. Who took the
photos and where were they taken?
Kerr: Richard Mitchell took the photos in a Victorian
mental asylum. The hospital is still used from ground
level up and has patients living there but we were shooting
in the basement, which has been unused for years. It was
really hot down there and it was hard work in all that
heat, but rather suddenly at about 9pm the temperature
dropped and it became really dark, there were some dull
thudding noises that we hadn’t heard earlier in
the day and we all got the creeps and abandoned the shoot!
have had some controversy about the name of band from
ill-informed people. Would you like to tell us about this?
As I know you are not making fun of this condition, if
anything making people aware that the condition does exist
thanks to society’s pressure.
Kerr: yes I am surprised at the number of people who have
thought we would actually be taking the piss! I can only
assume they are people who know nothing about us, I am
a supporter of self-injury awareness and was picked on
at school and I would never make fun of anyone. At the
same time I don’t think I have to apologise or explain
to anyone why I chose the name or what problems I have
or may have had with eating disorders and I think a lot
of the criticism is just a way of digging into my personal
life to get the dirt.
from playing music what other things do you and enjoy
Kerr: cars and horses. I miss having a car, when I lived
in Scotland I loved to escape, loading the car with great
music and driving out into the countryside. Cars and music
are magical together.
And horses need nothing to be magical. To have a horse
is to know how to fly.
Hawkes: I like photography, it’s refreshingly different
from music - less control, less decisions, less interference
from me. It’s like, “oh , that looks good”,
aim, fire, forget.
gigs did you enjoy the most and what was the audience
Kerr: One of my favorites was the Devonshire arms, the
gig was packed, it was Jared’s birthday and our
ex guitarist, Doug’s last gig with us. The audience
was great, really close to the front and they seemed transfixed.
It was a real confidence boost as far as playing live
Hawkes: The Glasgow gigs were my favourite, the audiences
there are great, really supportive and enthusiastic.
bands have you performed gigs with?
Kerr: so many I can’t remember. Leisur hive are
great to do gigs with, we have done a few with them.
memorable experiences have you had when playing live?
Kerr: forgetting to sing at the start of horsemilk the
first time we played live was pretty memorable!
Hawkes: Absolutely shitting myself everytime for the first
ten gigs. I just mildly shit myself now.
understand you played at the Devonshire Arms, I have read
it has a very interesting English history about it, and
is some what haven for death rockers and Goth metal heads
could you tell me more about it.
Kerr: one of my favorite gigs! It’s a funny place
actually because a few weeks after we played there I took
a friend for a drink and got turned away at the door because
of their dress code. I was told that I looked a bit smart
which should give you an idea of the regulars if I tell
you I was wearing little more than shredded Victorian
you got any up and coming tours? If so where will these
Kerr: A few gigs but not a full tour yet. We have London
Winchester and Colchester this month and a few unconfirmed
gigs for next month too. Cambridge, Southampton, Redhill
and Glasgow should all get a visit pretty soon too.
you have any funny or interesting experiences you would
like to talk about?
Kerr: no we are all tremendously serious! Actually our
old guitarist Doug started playing horsemilk in the wrong
key at one of our gigs once. That was hilarious and we
all just looked at each other and stopped playing. If
you had heard the wrongness that came out of his amp then
you would understand.
Hawkes: yeah, just before I bought that keyboard, I dreamt
I went into town, and with all the money I had saved working
through the summer holiday, bought a dress. I remember
getting it home and thinking, what the f&*k have I
receive press, electronic press, radio airplay and DJ
airplay. What countries, radio stations and DJ have been
positive about your work?
Kerr: we have had a good response in Germany, Austria,
France, and of course with you.
do like to go out of evening in your area?
Kerr: I hate going out I’m so antisocial (this is
a lie – jared). If I do go out it’s usually
Hawkes: I like to go to the cinema if there’s something
good on. Sometimes I go to a pub or a restaurant with
friends. Usual stuff really.
are your future plans?
Kerr: I would like to move to a little castle in the middle
of nowhere and find my horse, she should be ready to retire
about now and I can look after her, make her pretty. In
reality I will be trying to hold down a job just so that
I can make ends meet while I am gigging, writing and recording.
Hawkes: Well, short term plans involve, finishing the
album, touring, basically trying to promote our music.
In the long term, the next album, I’d like to get
into film soundtracks too.