December 4, 2009

12 Q’s Christmas with David Barnett of New Royal Family / White Witches

Filed under: Uncategorized — pxpl @ 6:55 pm

1. Highlight of 2009?

Taking my mum to the Rhineland for her 60th birthday. My first holiday
in about 7 years.

2. Low point of 2009?

Waking up to find I’d attempted to slash my wrists with a blunt razor
wasn’t good. Still, at least it wasn’t a sharp one.

3. PopArt moment of 2009?

I was lucky enough to play three (or was it four?) PopArt gigs this
year in various guises which were all very enjoyable, but I think the
best would have to be The Man Who Bowled the World complete with a
spaceman and Sue Denim from Robots in Disguise dressed as the clown
from Ashes to Ashes. Dave Rees’s indie bingo always cracks me up too.

4. Single of 2009?

I’ve absolutely no idea. Do people still release singles? I quite
liked that pale lass with the red hair. Is that allowed?

5. Album of 2009?

Charlotte Hatherley’s New Worlds is the only album I bought this year.
So let’s say that one.

 New Royal Family

6. Best live band of 2009?

The Primitives was probably the gig I had most fun at as a punter. A
very pleasant surprise.

7. Film of 2009?

An Education

8. TV show of 2009?

The Thick of It, Peep Show, Question Time. Predictable I know.

9. Hero of 2009?

Paul Guided Missile - particularly for doing his pop quiz live from
the fourth plinth.

10. What do you hope to achieve in 2010?

The New Royal Family will be playing their farewell gig to coincide
with my birthday in February. Should be quite a tear-jerker. My newish
band White Witches have been busy recording with Jason Buckle (the
other half of Relaxed Muscle) so hopefully that will be released in
some form or another. Oh and Keith Top of the Pops’s album should be
out too, featuring cameos by my humble self and a host of indie
glitterati. I’d also like to stop smoking again. It’s been an
emotional year.

11. Who else is worth looking out for in the coming 12 months?

Factory Floor are good.

12. How will you be spending Christmas?

And the End of the Decade Bonus:

13. The Noughties - how was it for you?

Surprisingly it was the year when I disengaged myself from Guy
Debord’s Society of the Spectacle and actually began doing things
rather than passively observing. And the same seems to be true for
many other people. The death of the music industry can only be a good
thing for creativity.


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