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3 Colours Red

"3 Colours Red"

Pete Vuckovic - lead vocals/bass guitar .....Chris McCormack - guitars/backing vocals..... Ben Harding - guitars/backing vocals Keith Baxter - drums "

 

ROCK: Was your first single "This is My Hollywood", a turning point for the band in the music world?

CHRIS: In England, Koran and stuff were touting what happened there, and a lot of people wrote about us in England and in rock magazines. Something was happening. You could sense something. Major record labels were looking us up and coming down to see us play and offered us ridiculous record deals and at the last minute just dropping out, because it was such a hard time and people were getting fired and that was all weird. So, every time we got that close to a record deal, the person got fired. It was just bad luck you know. So we were just messing around and waiting for the vibes disappear. So we released a single with them and published a small independent just to get something out there to build a profile so we could go on tour and stuff. It sold so much; it's like people were just dying for something. So, it was just good timing and once that happened we got onto the charts and went to the top ten and stuff which was amazing, for four weeks. The record companies were just falling all over us, so we had to say the right things and really cool it. We had meetings with record companies and we're going to give you all this money because you are a good band, but we don't think you're going to sell many records, because it's not a good time. Fuck off, I'm going to be huge. If you don't want to be hearing this before you even put a record out. Have some faith. So, Alan McGee came along to see us play and he just says, "Look, you could be next biggest rock band. You could be the Led Zeppelin for the '90's". Everybody's going and we want to sell our records, is what we want to do, so you know, and he taught me how we can have control and say what we want, and we say what we want to do, which is the perfect situation. We have a good working relationship with "Creation" since the beginning.

 

ROCK: How different is your new album "Revolt" from "Pure"?

CHRIS: The first album was a lot more straightforward pop songs, more or less, and use every hook. It's like you sing along before the end of each song. This one is a little bit deeper. You've got dig a little bit. Again, once you've actually heard it a couple of times, it just stays in there and it's like a big hooks and courses. You do need to dig a little deeper, but I think it's a much more better sounding record. It's a bit louder.

ROCK: In England, were you popular right from the beginning?

CHRIS: Kind of, yeah. After our single made like 20-22 on the chart, the second single went top 20, they were all top to 20-30 singles on the first album. The album was top 20, so we did all the popular TV shows. We have been really popular in England for a long time, for one album. The second album's, "Beautiful Day" is number 11. I think it's the biggest EP single that Creation ever had, even better than "Oasis".

ROCK: Your song "Beautiful Day" gets a lot of airplay here in America. How about England?

CHRIS: Everywhere, yeah. In England and Europe. I understand that takes a long time to create something, weeks and weeks, it's work really well and it's we're getting quite a lot of play, and this tour has been a really good success. We've enjoyed it.

ROCK: Who do you listen to?

CHRIS: I listen to every kind of music. I'm a big Bob Dylan fan. Pete listens to Mick Jagger. You never hear much punk music on the bus.

ROCK: Is the song "Paralyse" a good example of your real intense type of music that you play?

CHRIS: I think so. I wrote that song for the audience. I never write songs for fans. I wrote that song for a gig environment. I just heard do-a-de, I just saw the crowd do it as soon as had the rhythm in my head, so that was the vibe to that song. So every song can be different and it's a million different emotions and everything. You can give out your song from a drumbeat. Basically, it just can come from anywhere, so you can't be sure when you write your song. But, I always write songs for myself, cause there is so many types of fans. You have one fan saying we love "Paralyse", we love all your hard stuff, you know "Age of Madness", and things. You have the others saying oh "Beautiful Day",
"This is My Time", and other favorites, so you can't say, "hold on a minute, I'll write songs for you". Pete and me write all the songs and we are very different personalities, very different songwriters. So you are going to get two sides of the band anyway. And then we don't want to be writing the same kind of songs, and that's why such a different album.

ROCK: Do you and Pete Vuckovic have different writing Styles?

CHRIS: We are very different. Even as a band, Ben and Keith bring a lot to the band as well, but they are very different personalities. We come from four corners of England, all very different upbringings, and we come together as a band. Maybe that's why it works, there is some kind of spark there. It's definitely something in. None of us think the same or are the same.

ROCK: Where did you meet Pete Vuckovic?

CHRIS: When I met Pete, he was living in Birmingham and I was living in London and some guy who we both knew, said maybe you two should work together. So we started sending each other our tapes because we were both unemployed, just making our music. So I used to send him a tape of music. I used to write music on a 4-track. Pete had the same kind 4-track. He used to sing on it and send it back, and then I would yeah, and we would swap it and write songs backward and forwards. When we had saved up enough money to meet, when he came down to London, we would start rehearsing.

ROCK: What do you feel about the labeling they give bands nowadays, names like Punk, Alternative, do you think it's finally run it's course and people should accept the music for what it is?

CHRIS: I hope so, because I think it's about time that it happens. We are not ever going to say we are a punk band, or just a rock band that can play, or had that kind of energy that punk hard, and punk was such a fashion thing. Maybe, it was just like a tide, I mean, the whole thing about punk was to think for yourself, to be an individual. In the mock sense, you were very punk, but in the sense that if I have my hair spiked up, doesn't mean I'm a punk.

ROCK: Do you have time to write on the road?

CHRIS: There is no time to chill out at all. We get a week off to write a song, or 2 songs, or 3 songs, then we have to go to Europe for 3 l/2 weeks and then we go to England, and do a job here, and then we go to Japan and Australia, and do all the festivals in Europe in between.

ROCK: Did you play the big venues?

CHRIS: We toured the big venues with Bush, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, and Aerosmith, with 80,000 people. We can totally adapt to that as well. We can play on any stage. The bigger the better for us.

ROCK: What were your main influences?

CHRIS: It could be anything. We grew up on the "Pistols", the "Clash", and the "Buzzcocks". The band grew up on real thrashers, like "AC/DC", like "Slayer", "Metallica", and all those. We really love all the real heavy stuff. I love Bob Dylan and I love P.J. Harvey. \

ROCK: Now that you're taking off and getting well known, does writing come easier to you?

CHRIS: I think it's harder actually. Because you get less time to do it. You don't have as many things to complain about. The first album was about "I'm broke, I've got no money, you know, this is shit, but, hey let's fucking get pissed anyway". The new album is like "well we have a few quid now, and we can afford a good drink. Fuck it; let's have a good time. We can afford cocktails now instead of cheap lager".

ROCK: So basically your first album was kind a party album? Are you still keeping that momentum?

CHRIS: It's a celebration of the philosophies. It's a celebration of being fucked up, everyone. Hey, I'm fucked up. Yeah, so am I. So let's have a party. Everyone's a bit fucked up, everyone is. No matter how rich you are, no matter how well you think you're doing, you still are crushed now and again. We're all in the same boat. We just celebrate the fuck that it's not always. You can make the best of what you've got some days and make the best out of a bad deal.

By Randy Cohen
                 

 
 

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