Music Goes On spoke to Crackout's Jack Dunkley who plays bass in the
three-piece consisting of drummer Nicholas Millard and singer/guitarist Steven Eagles.
Crackout who signed to Virgin's Hut Recordings earlier this year are
releasing their debut album This Is Really Neat on 22 October. Jack told Music Goes On that the album is a collection of what the band have been doing over the last two years. "We've collected it all down and put it on
disc," he says. "I think we've done well in capturing our live sound." He
described it as a "presentation of who we are".
The band are due to play an acoustic session for Radio One's Jo Whiley soon. Jack spent yesterday (9 October) practising, by himself, which he claims he doesn't do very often. "I've been playing around with my new acoustic which is very nice."
Last night Jack could be found in a pub. The night was originally to be
spent watching a film, but that was cancelled due to some sort of problems
with the projection "or something". So, he decided to go down the pub
Onto more serious questions, Music Goes On asked Jack about his feelings for
controversial file sharing application Napster. He told me that he thought
Napster was "excellent, really excellent". "If I wanna go out and buy an
album, there is nothing in the world which will stop me buying the
album," he said. "But before that I need to hear it and Napster's an
excellent way of doing that."
Jack did say it was a shame that Napster was being abused though. Music
Goes On then asked him what could be done to stop it being abused. Off the
top of his head he came up with: "A limited amount of downloads a day or
week or something, but I think Napster's a fantastic idea."
Jack, who lives in the countryside, said that it was difficult for him to
see bands. "If you haven't got Sky or MTV2 you can't hear new bands." He
continued: "Napster's excellent, it really is excellent. It's free which is
nice but you can't have everything for free." He said that it was an
"excellent way of promoting new music".
Music Goes On asked the bassist how he would feel if his record sales were
lowered because of Napster. He replied: "My priority is letting people hear
our music, spread the music, get more people to our live shows." He does
not think Napster would make a drastic difference. "It's swings and
roundabouts, I agree with Napster but my records are on it."
This led onto the next question: "What's more important to you? Fame and
money or musical integrity?" Jack replied saying that fame and money was
not a priority. "I think musical integrity is important, I don't like the
phrase 'musical integrity' though."
Jack continued: "We were asked the other day: 'would it ruin your reputation
if you were asked to go on Live & Kicking or Ant & Dec?' It's one thing
having musical integrity but another being so arrogant you can't take part.
Just never make a monkey out of yourself."
Music Goes On asked Jack what he thought of the music media; papers like the
New Musical Express for example. "I think it's great for a lot of people,"
he replied. "NME's got a reputation for being quite blunt, Kerrang as well.
They used to be quite soft." He sees NME reviews as a "blessing". "If
you're good enough for the NME to review you in the first place then that's
Jack continued: "A journalist can put their mark out of ten on a band but
that's only that person's opinion. No one says 'that journalist says
they're shit so I'm not gonna listen to them'."
Jack told Music Goes On that the band had been lucky with the people they
had played live with. Jimmy Eat World are his favourite band at the moment.
He is also a fan of Weezer.
"Elvis Presley on vocals, Jimi Hendrix on guitar, Jack Bruce on bass and
Travis Barker on drums." That would be Jack's ideal band line-up. "I'd
like to see what they come up with, that'll be interesting."
Music Goes On then asked the bassist if he thought bands should have a
political agenda. He said that he thought it was dangerous for bands to
have a political agenda. "A political agenda is an individual's opinion,"
he says, "music is not a medium of imposing your opinions on other people."
He gave Rage Against The Machine as an example. "I've never paid attention
to their politics, I just like the music. Now their politics have got them
artistically into trouble." He believes that it is important to have values
but it is "dangerous to impose them on other people through any form of art.
It's not wrong, it's just a dangerous thing to do."
Jack's elder brother is a sound-engineer at a local venue so Jack sees a lot
of live music. He says that Jimmy Eat World are "fantastic live and on
record". He said that they had "a lot of soul".
Jack also saw Kid Galahad at Northampton's Roadmender venue the other day.
He described them as having a "trip hoppy groove that rocks". He added that
the vocals were "great".
The Crackout bass-player completed the interview by saying: "If you like
what you hear then make sure you get to our gigs, that's the most important
thing to us."
Crackout's excellent debut album, This Is Really Neat, will be released
through Hut Recordings on 22 October. Their Radio One session will be broadcast on 29 October on Jo Whiley's show.
For more information on the band
visit either their official website or the Raft.