San Francisco band Honeycut have had a busy 2007: they released their debut album, performed at the Virgin Festival Toronto and had a song in a Mac commercial. "Pimpin' ain't easy," laughs Tony Sevener. "If someone wants to use our music, then we'll evaluate it on a sliding scale. The lamer it is, the more money they better put on the table."
Is an obsession with websites like MySpace and Facebook ruining our culture? Most Serene Republic's Ryan Lenssen seems to think so. "I think what has happened is that it's much worse. This is the grey period in which everyone is lost. People talk about the '60s and '70s as the lost periods, but through being lost they found identity."
"I think it's really interesting. It doesn't take away anything from the original," says Enter Shikari guitarist Liam "Rory" Clewlow of their rock songs being reinvented into dance remixes. "I'm always fascinated by amateur remixes that people have done on MySpace. Some of them are shit, but most of them have something."
After years of anticipating their arrival in North America, the time seems to finally be right for Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro, says bassist James Johnston. "It was kind of frustrating for us, not getting a chance to tour somewhere that was such a source of inspiration for us when we were younger. Growing up and listening to music, it was always American indie rock bands that we were listening to."
"I ended up having a drink with Chris Blackwell in Strawberry Hill, two houses down from where Marley hid," says Paolo Nutini of his vacation to Jamaica, referring to the 1976 assassination attempt on the reggae star's life. "He could tell you first hand stories about these people. I just felt, I didn't really understand why I was there."