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The Peace & Freedom Magazine Prayers Interview


The Prayers interviewed by Paul Rance for Peace & Freedom, Vol. 6, No. 2, Summer 1989

The Prayers were a promising and talented Scottish indie band of the 80s who never quite made it. Here's some of their thoughts...

PR. Some background info to start with, ages, when you all joined, early days, etc. 

TP. We were formed in late '87. In October of the same year we recorded a demo called “Sister Goodbye”, and played our first gig. Our bass player left in March '88, who was later replaced in Autumn '88. The band consists of four people, and our ages are 23, 22, 20, and 22. 

PR. You have a good soulful sound, similar to bands like The Sea Urchins. Do you feel a better acknowledgement of your music in recent times? 

TP. No, not really. There couldn't be a worse time to release a “guitar pop” record. The current trend is towards dance music, which is often thoughtless and has little to do with music, it's all to do with image and lifestyle. Even in indie circles the trend is towards noise records or pop revivalist stuff. We lie somewhere in between. I think soul music is better acknowledged, but I guess this is not due to the quality of the songs, rather more to do with revivalism. The advertising and music industries are repacking and reselling old hits, with no risk investments needed. 

PR. How helpful have gigs been to your popularity? 

TP. We've only played three gigs, all in Glasgow, so they haven't done anything for our popularity yet. 

PR. Do you think programmes like “Snub”, and mags like “Offbeat”, etc. really help indie bands? 

TP. No. They're just cheaper than “NME”, etc. 

PR. What are your plans for the rest of '89? 

TP. We are doing a 12 inch track, and releasing a single in the Summer, probably. Then we are doing a tour around England. We are writing songs and will hopefully record in the Autumn. 

PR. “Sister Goodbye” and “Under the Deep Blue” are two great tracks on one single (unusual these days), are you always meticulous about B-sides being so good? 

TP. We try not to call it a B-side, or to see it that way. We believe that each track on a single has its own merit. 

PR. What things do you detest about Britain today? 

TP. Too many to list. To begin with, the government, the inadequacy of the opposition, the exploitation of Scotland and its people, the exploitation of the environment, and the laughable, supposedly new awareness of it by the government. The weather, the callous nature of most of the population, TV, newspapers, cost of things, lack of intelligence of my generation. I could go on...!

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