Like a sunnier version of the throbbing pulse of the Velvet Underground before it, the sound of the Clean, from Dunedin, New Zealand, refuses to go away. With a permanent cast that has remained the same for almost 30 years, brothers David and Hamish Kilgour and Robert Scott have survived the occasional band breakup, Hamish moving to New York, David releasing solo albums and Robert starting his own band, the Bats. With its most recent records (including the new Mister Pop on Merge), the Clean proves, once again, there is rock ‘n’ roll life after 40. The band members make music whenever they can assemble all the parts and remain a permanent fixture in the rock landscape. The Clean is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with them.
Hamish Kilgour: Things that get me going:
1. The eco-green movement.
2. Food production and consumption equality.
3. Socialist/anarchist situationism and any form of self-empowerment and equality, along the lines of race, gender and class.
4. The current international music scene, with the Brooklyn scene as a micro/macrocosm.
5. Discovering cool films and music on YouTube.
6. Facebook connections.
7. The possibility of a bit of sanity and optimism about humanity in the new American regime after the murderers, torturers, thieves and robber-baron moron scum slithered off.
OK, is that cool? Or maybe I’m a little hot under my (blue) collar. Ho ho hah!