Latitude 2009: Q&A with Doves, iLiKETRAiNS & Post War Years

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Getintothis’ festival of 2008 kicks off next weekend, and in the second part of our Q&A with artists set to feature we’ve asked the same eight questions to gloomy trainset enthusiast David Martin, avant-rock new boys Post War Years and future winner of the Mercury, Jimi from Doves.



David Martin of iLiKETRAiNS (appearing at Uncut Arena)
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Latitude festival and why?
DM: I’m really excited to see Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. They’re a huge influence on us. I got to see him with Grinderman at a festival last year, but this will be my first Bad Seeds experience. Other bands – Wild Beasts, The Irrepressibles, SonVer and Hjaltalin.

Wild Beasts
What aspect of Latitude Festival interests you the most and why?
DM: Well I’ve heard great things about Latitude. Lots of things other than music to see and do, and a warm friendly atmosphere. So I’m hoping for some fine weather and a chance to get out and meet some interesting people.
What can people expect you to bring to the festival and do you have anything special planned?
DM: We will be bringing new songs.
If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
DM: Well we’re playing in Belgium on the Saturday night before making a mad dash to Suffolk for our Sunday afternoon slot at Latitude. If we weren’t doing this, we would probably be making a more leisurely trip back to Leeds.
What do you always bring to a festival?
DM: Wet wipes.
Have you been to Latitude before, and if so, what has your favourite performance been?
DM: No
Do you have any festival tips for those in attendance at Latitude?
DM: A few pointers: Don’t over do it on the first night. Don’t play your bongos or Djembes anywhere near my tent thank you. Your hat is not nearly as funny as you think it is.
What is your favourite colour sheep?
DM: I appreciate all colours of sheep. It is important not to discriminate.

iLiKETRAiNS: Terra Nova
http://www.myspace.com/iliketrains

Jimi Goodwin of Doves
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Latitude festival and why?
JG: The Pretenders, Casio Kids, Regina Spektor, Bat For Lashes, Mr. Cave and his Bad Seeds and the phenomenal Grace Jones.

Grace Jones: Live at Sonar 2009
What aspect of Latitude Festival interests you the most and why?
JG: Never having been before I wouldn’t know but I’m looking forward to finding out! I’m going to try and see some literary stuff, comedy, theatre – get out of my comfort zone after all it’s not just about music, a festival is about people gathering and communing and happening upon something unexpected.
What can people expect you to bring to the festival and do you have anything special planned?
JG: Hopefully a truck full of good songs and good vibes.
If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
JG: Camping with the family but not at a festival!
What do you always bring to a festival?
JG: I try and always remember to pack myself.
What is your favourite colour sheep?
JG: Black and white ones.

Doves: Winter Hill (live)
http://www.myspace.com/dovesmyspace

Post War Years (appearing at The Lake Stage)
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Latitude festival and why?
Simon PSW: Quite looking forward to seeing the XX, I want to hear what their new songs sound like live. We’ll also be catching We Have Band, and Danny Wallace at the Literary Arena – he has some bizarre stories about tramps following him around and stuff.

The XX: Crystalised
What aspect of Latitude Festival interests you the most and why?
Simon PSW: Latitude interests us because we have our album coming out and it means that some people might see us play and enjoy it.
We’ve never been before, but our friends tell us that it’s beautiful and tranquil.
What can people expect you to bring to the festival and do you have anything special planned?
Simon PSW: We’ll be layering up synthesized layers of noise for people to close their eyes to. Then we’ll just jump around – and hope everyone does the same.
We have a new sub-bass sample which we are eager to play through a decent PA system, so people should turn up just for that.
If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Simon PSW: Probably delivering laundry to hotels.
What do you always bring to a festival?
Simon PSW: A picture of my mum.
Do you have any festival tips for those in attendance at Latitude?
Simon PSW: If it rains, get naked together.
What is your favourite colour Sheep?
Simon PSW: Red with four heads and a tail made of a human being.

Post War Years: The Black Morning.
http://www.myspace.com/thempostwaryears
Latitude Festival takes place July 16-19.
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