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Kate Moross Talks To Apes And Androids

London’s design uber-girl talks with New York's wild musical performance troupe, Apes & Androids.

A while back there was a video for CocoRosie’s Rainbowarriors up on Dazed Digital. It was a brilliant and bizarre shoot, set ablaze with wild theatrical crowd performances and general NYC weirdness. It was a bit like this. And at the heart of Apes & Androids are David Tobias and Brian Jacobs, the maniacal leading men of this trailblazing performance troupe that’s about to invade the UK in epic style. They’ve already amassed a cult following with their Blood Moon record (full of crescendo-obsessed future pop and Pink Floyd wig-outs) and you can catch their London debut at Adventures In The Beetroot Field (Fabric, April 9) followed by Digital in Brighton (April 10) and a headline spot at the ICA (April 14). Their good mate and work cohort Kate Moross (who designed the limited 7-inch Golden Prize and will be collaborating with them again very soon) spoke to them one the eve of their trip to London... 

Kate Moross: Do you look at my drawing in the same way that I listen to your music, and think... fuck, how did they imagine that?
David Tobias: When I experience anyone's art I get a glimpse at WHAT they imagine, which is what I find most fascinating. And yes, I can draw. Here is a mean ASCII rose: @}-->->-------- Top that!

Kate Moross: Do you wear ear plugs onstage? I always wonder whether it better to hear stuff loud now when we are young, and get deaf sooner, than it is to be cautious now and never have enjoyed our youth when we are too old to care about hearing.
Brian Jacobs: We all guiltily go without earplugs when we play. It's actually pretty difficult to get into it when everything is muffled and quiet.

Kate Moross: What film would you say best represents your life so far? Mine is Don't Tell Mom the Baby Sitters Dead, but I'm a gay design version of Sue Ellen.
Brian Jacobs: I'll just say this – the longer I play in a band, the more uncomfortable it becomes to watch Spinal Tap.

Kate Moross: Manhattan versus Brooklyn? David, I know you live uptown, and I certainly loved being in Manhattan over Brooklyn any day. I often compare it to Shoreditch here in London – some people love it, some people hate it. Why did you choose (apart from your studio) not to stray across the bridge?
David Tobias: I live in Chelsea (which isn't really Uptown). But I love the constant diversity in Manhattan. Brooklyn is more broken up into communities of different types of people in different neighbourhoods. It sometimes seems, culturally, pretty homogenous to me. As a result, I find the daily scenery a lot less stimulating than Manhattan. But when the New Jersey Nets move to Brooklyn, I might reconsider moving there.

Kate Moross: I'm so excited that you are coming to London, on my birthday too! I'm going to take you on a mega day trip. What sort of places do you want to go to when you are here, what kind of stuff do you want to do?
David Tobias: For as long as I can remember, I have always fantasised about visiting the bridge once sung about by American music and cultural icon Fergie Ferg in her much celebrated musical number “London Bridge”. The powerful words of that song seem to resonate with my soul, inspiring a deep sense of wanting and a joyous arousal imprisoned only by my trousers. “How come every time you come around my London, London Bridge, wanna go down like London, London, London, wanna go down like London, London, London, we goin’ down like.” If you could bring me to her fabled bridge I would be overjoyed. My fingers are crossed that it comes down when I come around. Oh, and then we can celebrate your birthday!