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10 April 2004
The Big Interview: All About Eve
All About Eve
All About Eve on Top of the Pops
 

By Peter Woods

All About Eve are probably best known for their top 10 acoustic hit single from 1988, 'Martha's Harbour' (and infamous Top of the Pops appearance which was broadcasted live, where they couldn't hear the backing track).

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However, between 1987 and 1992 they actually charted with 13 singles and released 4 albums, which included their self titled debut album which reached no 7 in the album charts, before splitting up in 1993. In 1999 they reformed, playing acoustic gigs and the occasional electric one, before reforming full time in 2002.

Their current line up is Julianne Regan (Vocals), Andy Cousin (Bass), Toni Haimi (Guitar), Ben Savigear (Drums).

Before their gig at Bury Met Centre, I was lucky enough to grab a quick chat to Andy and Julianne.

You're in the midst of your current tour. How's it been going so far?

It's been good, we have had lots of great responses. We are used to having a loyal following - lots of our fans seem to go to every gig.

You reformed in 1999 after a period of 7 years, how did that come about?

The Mission were playing a couple of gigs, and we were asked to support them. After this we decided on carry on. We decided afterwards to do a few acoustic shows, which was strange at first, but people seemed to like what we were doing, so we carried on adding more shows.

You started playing quite a lot of acoustic gigs, rather than electric gigs after this, what was the reasoning behind this?

People seemed to like hearing the electric songs in an acoustic environment, besides which we didn't have a drummer.


A lot of people will remember you for your hit single 'Martha's Harbour', which sounds very different to what you are doing now. How would you describe your sound now?

It is more contemporary - more true to what we want to do because we are not signed to a record company. It is really hard to categorise what we are trying to do - it comes from the heart!

Since you reformed, you have released 4 live albums, and an internet only release, why no official new album yet?

We had to write it. We don't want to release anything until we are 100 % happy with what we are doing. However, we will be releasing an album this year.

You have a new single out entitled 'Let Me Go Home' in May. Why release a single now?

It's a shortcut. I will tell you truth - you don't have to sell many records to get in the chart these days. So it's a profile raising exercise.

What are the 5 essential things you take along on tour with you (apart from your instruments)?

Corkscrew, Hair Straighteners, Digital Camera, Toni's make up bag, and a large collection of CDs.

Apart from playing Burnley in 2000, and Morecambe in 2001, this is the nearest you have played in the Lancashire area since you reformed. Is there any reason why you haven't managed to play places like Blackburn, Blackpool, and Preston yet?

We go where our agent tells us. We are likely to be playing at Burnley Mechanics later this year before Christmas.


Finally, if people are interested further in what you are doing at the moment, how can they find out more?

You can keep up to date via our official website Candytree and Julianne's site. And maybe watch Top of the Pops on Friday 29th May - if we are on we will remember to sing this time!!


See also:
The Big Review: All About Eve

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