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ROB SQUIRES (Big Head Todd & The Monsters)

I met up briefly with bass player, Rob Squires prior to their support gig the same night with George Thorogood. The band's new album `Crimes of Passion' is out now Thanks Lucy for setting-up the interview & gig passes - much appreciated.

1. What are you currently up to?

I have recorded Currently over here in Europe for only the second time in ten years, supporting our new album `Crimes of Passion'.

2. What has been the highlight(s) and low point(s) of your career to date?

Highlights have been getting a platinum record and being in this same band for over 18 years now. As for lowlights...lot of politics in the music business. It's lost the fun part.

3. Highlights of the new album, `Crimes of Passion'...

`I See You In Everything', a soul song and I guess `Lost Child Astronaut', Zeppelin meets futuristic Zeppelin (laughs).

4. What are the band members' musical influences?

Todd is classic Motown, r'nb and classic blues like Albert King. Brian and myself are classic rock radio - Springsteen, Led Zep, Tom Petty. Our sound is a combination of all that and with a modern twist. Todd calls it `techno Delta' - hard core blues but with a modern twist on top like synths etc. Aim to bring the blues updated.

5. What was it like working with John Lee Hooker and also Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison? Who else would you like to work with given the chance?

It was a highpoint to meet John Lee Hooker. We covered one of his songs, `Boom Boom'. Everyting you'd expect from a blues legend, a Cadillac and a girl under each arm! Mr. Cool Blues guy. Jerry Harrison was a nice guy and he produced the record John lee Hooker appeared on. Very smart with great ideas and it was a treat to work with him. Can't think of anyone we'd like to work with of the top of my head - certainly Robert Plant though.

6. How did the band get their first big break?

Playing for fun to start with, like bars. People started to like us and ask us for a tape. Then we did our first records as independent releases and started to do well on our own.

7. How did you hook-up with Sanctuary?

We left Giant, part of Warners, and then went independent again. We tried to get more help and signed with Sanctuary, who have been great especially promotion wise. It's an album by album deal, although we have a DVD out in August from our last tour with Sanctuary as well, plus a CD to go with it.

8. What have been the live highlights down the years and why?

Robert Plant when we supported him in the US. It was an honour to see him perform and to meet him. We've toured with a varied bunch including Sheryl Crow, the Allman Brothers, Dave Matthews, BB King and Buddy Guy.

9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Sports, fishing and skiing - the complete opposite of music I guess.

10. Message for your fans...

Thanks to our fans. You are the reason why we make music for a living. It's a great reward. People support us and seek us out. By all our records at our website!

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Interview © 2004 Jason Ritchie/
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