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Saturday, May 02, 2009
Gem Archer Interview For Argentinean Rolling Stone
Before their show in River, the band's guitarist speaks. Plus, everything you need to know before their fourth concert in Buenos Aires.
Prior to joining Oasis, Gem Archer had his shining hour as a head of Heavy Stereo, a band that joined the second line during the 90's Brit pop. And he also worked with Paul Weller, his adolescence hero.
Before River, five questions to the guitarist that goes side by side Noel Gallagher in Oasis.
This will be your third visit to Buenos Aires with Oasis. Do you confirm or do you deny the legend of the public's passion in this part of the world?
People are crazy in Latin America. We know we have awakened something big there, and the feeling is mutual as we love playing for you. I don't know what they put in their drinks, but something generates between the audience and the band that is hard to explain if you don't live it.
What you can tell me about your collaborations with Paul Weller?
I grew up listening to The Jam: it was my adolescence band and I am convinced that Paul Weller is one of the greatest. Only being by his side inspires you and frees you to give the best of yourself. And the best part is that he's always changing direction, trying new things, he never stays still, and he's fifty years-old. He is the only guy that can be admired by two people as different as Noel Gallagher and Robert Wyatt.
When you listen to music, what format do you prefer: vinyl, CD or MP3?
Every time I'm at home I listen to vinyl, the sound is insuperable. For example, today I had a very spiritual and soulful morning with Reverend Al Green and Ray Charles, and their voices in vinyl are top.
The British press usually boost an artist as soon as they release an album, and then they abandon them. What do think about it?
The press, and even more the English one, always boost an artist, mainly because that's their job, they always worked that way. ¿Are you telling me a band like Good Charlotte is as good as they say? If at least they'd boost someone like Jimi Hendrix! (laughs)
What's true about Noel's statements on Oasis stopping for five years?
I haven't talk to Noel about that subject. Please note that the source is The Sun, so you always should doubt about it. But what I do can say is that we are in a time of the tour in which we feel like stopping, missing the kids and all that.
Via L4E source: rollingstone.com.ar
Translated by L4E member Eva
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