Close-up: Interview with Sergeant

Posted on 28 October 2009
By Danielle Pugh
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Danielle Pugh from Purple Revolver takes five backstage with Scottish indie kids Sergeant.

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Nick: We have known each other too long! We all met at school, I was a few years older than the rest. But yeah all in the same school so that’s how it came about.

What’s the direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
Nick: Fortune mainly, nah, just being with friends and doing something that you enjoy doing is the main part of it, and if you got that it’s fine.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
Nick: Err somewhere in the sun, in a place. Just the same again as long as were happy then that’s fine.

Who are your major influences?
Nick: Not sure 60’s and 90’s musically anyway.

What is the craziest thing any of you have ever done?
Nick: Got the word c*nt tattooed on Bill’s body. I’m not lying! *laughs*

If you could have any magical power what would it be?
Nick: Be invisible definitely, so you can sneak up on people, and watch people doing things you wouldn’t normally watch *laughs*
Bill: I was wrecked one night. I would want to fly!
Nick: Or be able to grow money on trees. Could be anything probably growing money on trees would be the best.
*Bill shows off his tattoo*

Why are you called Sergeant? Is there a story behind it?
Nick: Yes, the story behind it is that he *points* looks like John (I think it was John he said hard to understand Scottish haha) Sergeant that’s it that’s why were called Sergeant.

What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have any routines? Do you mess around alot?
Nick: We laze around alot, nah it’s just like a normal job really but we get in there slightly later than everybody else gets up for work. But we’re in there pretty much all day. Rehearsing and waiting for something to fall from the sky.

What movie makes you cry?
Nick:  Makes you cry! The bit where Mufasa dies in the Lion King! *laughs* The Lion King is one I can remember from being younger.
Titanic as well that makes me cry not because it’s sad but the fact I have to watch it.

Which song do you most like to hear at a disco?
Nick: A disco, any dance song really. Wait let’s go back to the disco thing like in the 70’s?
*laughs* anything really dance like a nice compilation of 90’s dance.

Best onstage moment?
Nick: It would have to be onstage with Oasis when we played with them.

Worst onstage moment?
Nick: When I fell! Or tripped up! Or probably one of the first gigs we played, or being on stage at Glastonbury at half ten in the morning!
What artists and bands do you dislike in the charts at the moment and why?
Nick: That’s pretty difficult; I don’t know going thought a weird period of time for me at the moment.

Do you have any hated bands
Nick: Yes the Foals! I guess I don’t really pay much attention over the last year well probably longer than that, got not interested in it and not listening or paying attention. It’s kind of hard when you get asked a question like that you’re in your own little world listening to your own record collection and that. Yeah hard question.

What is the strangest thing a fan has ever said to you?
Bill: Ooh I don’t know… There was that annoying one the other week, who kept saying she was going to marry me… while she was sat with her boyfriend.

What band or artist would you love to perform with?
Nick: Mike Skinner from The Streets that’s me personally. I don’t know about them. Probably prefer to write something then perform with them. I think it would be quite cool to play with the Prodigy. Because it would be quite different.

What did you like best about high school?
Nick: Everything, it’s just when you leave you realise.

What would you spend half a million pounds on if I gave it you right now?
Nick: I would invest it and make more money.
Bill: Aye probably the same.
Rest of the boys: Buy a house and loads of clothes and then sit in your house… in your clothes looking at your cars *laughs*

If you had to live on one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
All chime: Steak and chips *laughs*

Were you nervous when playing your first gig?
Nick: Surprisingly no I would say we didn’t the hardest part was actually getting in the garage and writing songs by time our first gig came we were just really excited. You don’t really know what to expect with your first gig you don’t know what’s going to happen.
We thought we were the best band in the world…and we weren’t even the best band in the venue that night *laughs* you learn from your mistakes.

What’s the biggest audience you have played in front of?
Nick: That would be with Oasis about 10,000 or something like that.

Online – How obsessed are you with the internet (some bands have a Facebook/Twitter addiction)?
Nick: Scott’s got an obsession with eBay he is on eBay every hour of the day. We choose not to get hooked in to it all.

Heroes – met your heroes, what were they like? Starstruck or disappointed?
Nick: Again with Oasis just normal people, suppose everyone got kind of scared imagine meeting them… they were really nice, we went away feeling glad.

Style – describe your style, what you’re wearing, whose style you like?
Nick: Style of what? Clothes… I think I dress well… character.

What are you obsessed with? 
Nick: Obsessed? With getting enough sleep I have only had seven hours.

What makes you mad?
Nick: Being the wrong temperature or not having enough sleep.
People that put ketchup in the fridge! That annoys me it’s like you’re putting it on chips … hot chips cold ketchup! That’s one thing that annoys me. Drama annoys me like when people get dramatic about ketchup!

When was the last time you cried and why?
Nick: Yesterday … because it was twelve years since my granddad died.