Can you give us a brief summary of the Goober Patrol journey up to now?

TOM: The band started around 1988 (I think) with Stu and Si and with Ian on bass and a singer whose name I think is Dave – the band was originally called ‘Bronx Cheer’ (for one gig) and after this the band became Goober Patrol (invented by Mid from Deviated Instinct) and then the demo ‘My Mom won’t like this’ was recorded at Rouge Studios in Norwich and sold tens of copies. Then a single was recorded called ‘Jelly on the Sidewalk’ which never came out. Following this was a split single with Vehicle Derek on Boss Tuneage ‘Truck Off’ and ‘Dutch Ovens’ came out on Boss Tuneage too and even a CD featuring both albums on Lost and Found records. Then Tim came in on second guitar and a trusty road crew of me and Ed the Duck – during this time the band toured around the UK, Ireland and a French tour too sometimes playing with proper bands like Samiam, NOFX, Mr.T Experience, Green Day and Rich Kids on LSD. Not sure of exact dates but a few split singles came out in Europe and Japan, notably a split with MR T Experience, which got John Peel’s attention. After this, Ian left the band and I came in on bass and we recorded a Peel session in 1994 then ‘Vacation’ came out in 1995 on Them’s Good records. We did loads of gigs around this time and sent the ‘Vacation’ records to Fat Mike and he liked it and released it on Fat in 1996. We were well chuffed and then went on tour for a few months in the States supporting Tilt and that was amazing. We played dates with loads of good bands and recorded ‘Extended vacation’ again for Them’s Good. Fat Wreck Chords released a few songs off that on a 7inch called ‘Eight of Spades’ High budget videos were also made and we somehow missed MTV stardom – In 1997 we toured the States again extensively with Diesel Boy and then Canada with Down By Law and The Bouncing Souls. ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being Drunk’ was the next release both on Fat and Them’s Good, we did another US tour in 1999 and UK dates too and started to get a bit knackered in hindsight. We started playing a bit less and we all went back to education for a few years. During this time we mainly played in our house and a did few gigs here and there. Then 11 years after ‘Unbearable Lightness’ we released ‘Mind The Gap’ (Fixing A Hole records and Hulk Rakorz) added Ern on Keyboards and started to play more often. We then released a split album with our mates 7 Day Conspiracy and here we are today. That was the opposite of brief, sorry!

You’ve been a band a pretty long time- how do you keep things fresh and interesting? Can you imagine band life ever getting boring?

We used to get blind drunk on long tours which was always interesting; plus going to all the new places is great. We like to play different stuff too when we’re practising and making up songs. I think it’s nice to write songs that you would like to hear yourself, not what is ‘expected’ as a band (for instance) that has been on Fat Wreck Chords etc. We have some Kraftwerk inspired songs too you know?

You’re a really established band in your own right, how did it feel to be supporting NOFX, esp since you’ve followed a similar path to them?

They basically begged us to play the same gig so that some people would turn up.

Tell us about your new split album and how that came about?

It was an idea from a guy called Kei who has a label called ‘Fixing A Hole records’ in Japan. Really nice bloke, who thought it would be a great idea for us to do a split with 7 Day Conspiracy. While he was waiting for the songs he very kindly released the ‘Mind The Gap’ album. Donagh from Bomber Music heard the split too and released it in the UK and Europe on Vinyl.

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SPEED ROUND! TAKE 1!

TOM

What would you like to be remembered for?

My massive cheeks

Dream dinner guest, dead or alive?

Billy Idol

How long do you spend in front of the mirror?

Not as long as Si

Your favourite swear word?

Bollocks

Best excuse you’ve ever used to break up with someone?

‘Honestly this 3 month tour that starts in 1 week is news to me…’

Best day of your life?

26th April 2011

Religious, spiritualist, Humanist or none?

Horticulturalist

Worst thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?

The end of a 9volt battery or sprouts

Last band you went to see live?

The Adicts, they were good, first time I’ve ever seen them.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

Marine Biologist, architect or Andy Ruffel.

What would you say if you met the Queen?

‘Are you happy with how you are portrayed on the money?’

Last time you were starstruck- if never- who would make you starstruck?

Sergie from Samiam or Adam Ant

Weirdest moment of your life?

Being in a German operating theatre

Would you prefer to only ever whisper or only ever shout?

Dan!

Worst job pre-band?

Mustard Factory; but we all worked there so it wasn’t that bad.

Who would you like to hear cover your song, and which song?

Youth of Today covering ‘Oh Where is Tim?’

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SPEED ROUND TAKE 2!

STUART

What would you like to be remembered for?

Being nice

Dream dinner guest, dead or alive?

David Hockney

How long do you spend in front of the mirror?

Not very. Except when plucking the hairs out of my nose/ ears.

Your favourite swear word?

Shithooks

Religious, spiritualist, Humanist or none?

None. Anarchist like Colin from Conflict

Worst thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?

The yellow snow. They warned me but I wouldn’t listen

Last band you went to see live?

Bear trade- absolutely brilliant band

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

Stuntman or Jim Rockford

What would you say if you met the queen?

Please kick Cameron for me. And Farage if you meet him.

Last time you were starstruck- if never- who would make you starstruck?

Frank Turner when we played with NOFX. I like his music and it freaked me out when he appeared on stage to watch us

Weirdest moment of your life?

Teaching my first lesson as a proper teacher. Very weird.

Would you prefer to only ever whisper or only ever shout?

Whisper

Worst job pre-band?

I used to have a job where I smashed bricks to make them look old for 7 hours a day. Got to leave early if I smashed enough though which was a bonus.

Who would you like to hear cover your song, and which song?

Extreme noise terror- doesn’t really matter which song, they would all be brilliant.

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SIMON

What would you like to be remembered for?

Reinventing the wheel (as a band and individually)

Dream dinner guest, dead or alive?

Joe Strummer

How long do you spend in front of the mirror?

Not very long – gets boring

Your favourite swear word?

Wanker – no competition

Religious, spiritualist, Humanist or none?

None really but I suppose I wouldn’t be too upset if I was described as a Humanist

Worst thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?

Squid rings, (thinking they were onion rings) with a horrendous hangover

Last band you went to see live?

The best ‘most recent’ band live was Conflict

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

Marine biologist or animator (having just watched Jaws and Watership Down: obviously very impressionable)

What would you say if you met the queen?

Have you just farted?

Last time you were starstruck- if never- who would make you starstruck?

Mine was probably Frank Turner too

Weirdest moment of your life?

Being invited to jump down in to a mechanics pit with a crazy-looking French bloke to fight him

Would you prefer to only ever whisper or only ever shout?

Shout

Worst job pre-band?

Coleman’s mustard factory but, like Tom says, we all worked there together so it could be quite a laugh at points

Who would you like to hear cover your song, and which song?

Black Sabbath covering ‘Easy Life’

Massive thanks to Goober-Patrol for this speed round special! They rocked Oxford 02 with NOFX the other month and it’s been great to keep in touch with them. Check out their latest records ‘Mind The Gap’ featuring super ADDICTIVE track ‘Beer’ and special split album mentioned in the interview ‘Goober Patrol / 7 Day Conspiracy’. 

They have an awesome new video up and coming, (that I’ve been allowed a sneaky preview of) for song ‘That’s The Point’ off the ‘Split With 7 Day Conspiracy’ album. The video will reportedly be in 2 versions as there are too many cameos to cram into just the one! Keep your eyes peeled. .

By Kimberley Bayliss

Kimberley is Vulture Hound's Live Editor and a Photographer.