Interview: We ask a few questions to the eccentric Luke Monks of Gay Paris
The very quirky Gay Paris are currently on the road on with sleepmakeswaves around the country. I had the opportunity to ask lead singer Luke Monks about upcoming music, music videos, touring, and why it isn't a good idea to get fake baptised in a dirty river. Amy: You have a new record coming out, what can we expect from it?
Luke: 10 songs in forty minutes and change, idiomatically speaking - even though you can apparently spend time, it really isn't currency, valuable though it may be. I guess this is a good segue into the guts of the album's lyrical content - idiomatic language reworked into new slang and dense philosophy discussed in soliloquy over party rock/stoner soul.
A: You’ve recently released the video for ‘The Sackcloth Saint Of The Cornfield’, who usually comes up with the ideas for your music videos?
L: For the most part, the band usually comes up with dozens of concepts and then we argue in vans and on planes and at venues until some kind of democratic decision is arrived upon. This time, our new manager told us to shut the fuck up and palmed the whole process off on an interested third party -big love to Bonnie (aka 'The Devil), Kat and everyone else at Full Stop Pictures.
A: Do you have interesting stories from the filming of any of your music videos?
L: I feel like we've shot quite a few videos, so I will hit you with an epitome of sorts. We hung out with clowns and made Dean eat things that made him quite ill, for comedic effect. We sat in the mud in our underwear for about six hours, trying to get wet crosses to catch alight and discovered that if the whole rock n roll thing doesn't work out, we'd make a pretty decent Satanic hillbilly band. We got drunk in a possibly haunted hotel. Our friends would gamble on cockfights if the cocks were 6' plus. Riding around in a van tied up in rope for hours on end leaves its mark on you. Don't get fake baptized in a filthy river, you will get sick. I guess the point of all this is that being in a band isn't glamorous and shooting music videos is Hell and not the good kind, so just buy the record so we can afford to drink. Oh, no, we won't really see any of that money. Just buy us drinks. Thanks. Love you SO much.
A: You’re currently on tour with sleepmakeswaves, what advice do you want to give to punters attending the show? How should they prepare for Gay Paris live?
Probably have five or six drinks and don't expect us to sound like sleep.
A: What’s the most craziest thing that has happened on tour?
L: We attended a post gig-pool party wherein free drinks were presented as tokens of gratitude for impeccable penmanship and correct grammatical usage. There was a mid 90s RnB playlist to die for. It was the most awesomest event I have ever been involved in.
A: Whilst on the topic on live performances, how is the atmosphere different for festivals as opposed to regular gigs? Do you prefer one over the other?
L: At festivals, one's rider tends to be compromised, so that is something of a slap in the face - we didn't start a band so that we would have to pay for our own drinks like regular folk, just walking around, not entertaining anyone, probably having free time to have a social life or watch reality TV or whatever it is that you people are doing. I'm just a simple fellow with very little patience, however, so short sets at festivals can be exciting and there is the possibility that by sheer numbers, one will find something worth hearing/seeing. That said, we didn't start a musical business/friendship (in a strictly business sense) to not play gigs, or even to be choosy. Gay Paris has the greatest time each and every time and outside atmosphere just gets to come along for the ride. We are the good time event horizon.
A: If you were to write a memoir about Gay Paris and your experiences in the band, what would be the title?
L: Hey Satan, We Did Our Part So Pony Up, Lover.
You can catch Gay Paris on tour with sleepmakeswaves on their remaining tour dates.