Still Burning had a chat with Point of Origins Robert Knight in the afternoon before they were due to play The Lemon Tree.
So Robert, Point of Origin… want to tell us who you are, where you’re from and all that to kick off with?
I’m Robert Knight from Aberdeen Scotland, oh yeah, I also play in a band called Point of Origin. (good start! – ed)
You’ve had a break of about three years or so getting together again only just recently… was that `growing up time`?
It was, but it wasn’t like there was any master plan. The band stopped because we’d grown bored with what we were doing and we restarted because we’d grown bored with what we weren’t doing. What happened in between was just life. You don’t have much choice but to grow up, which is a bit of a kick in the teeth.
But no doubt the experience you gained first time round will help you a fair bit in your second assault on the music front?
You’d like to think so. It’s not like I ever stopped playing so this doesn’t really feel like a second assault, it’s all just part of my ongoing and extremely unsuccessful assault on music.
In order to help any young bands or musicians reading this, any mistakes you made earlier on that you will be much better prepared to handle for this time?
I’d really like to help any young bands and musicians reading this but to be honest I’m a bit hungover right now so I don’t think that’s going to happen. Respect your Mum and Dad. That’s good advice.
So… influences on the band, who do you admire the work of and perhaps try to include snippets of in your own tracks?
Personally, I’m a huge fan of Ben Folds. The story telling in his lyrics is immense. That must’ve had some sort of influence on me. Right now I’m listening to a lot of The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Presidents of The United States of America. I can’t really imagine how that’s going to affect my work.
Which track, in your opinion, is Point of Origins’ strongest?
We’ve got so many good songs its hard to choose just one.
You seem to be angry with girls for some reason?
Not at all. Of all my hobbies, girls is my favourite. I think the thing to remember about music and writing specifically is that when you’re having a great time and enjoying yourself you’re far too busy actually enjoying yourself to sit down and pen a song, but when things aren’t going well you’re far more inclined to get it all out on paper. So even if you’re only angry or depressed or disillusioned 1% of the time, those emotions are more likely to find their way into your songs. I’m definitely not angry with women though – I love them!
Supporting Stiff Little Fingers (in my opinion) is a great slot to get, any other realistic bands you’d like to share a stage with?
It IS an amazing slot to get – you’re absolutely bang on there. We’re honoured to share the same stage as the legendary Stiff Little Fingers. As for bands I’d like to play with there’s an ace band called “Jukebox The Ghost” who played in Aberdeen last year. If they ever come back I’d love to play with them.
Your favourite Fingers track(s)? Assuming you have of course!
Would you hit me if I said Suspect Device? I also love Now Then as an album, not for one track, but just as a piece of work I think it’s brilliant.
What are your hopes for Point of Origin, both playing live and in the studio?
Just to make the best music we can and enjoy doing it. I think it’s also important that our studio work isn’t just a carbon copy of how we play the songs live because otherwise they’d sound pretty shite.
Your favourite venues in the North East, both then and now, and as musicians and punters?
For the nostalgia factor I’ll say Lava, more for the atmosphere and the buzz of the place. There really seemed to be a sense of a ‘scene’ when we played there with the likes of the Reckoning Day shows. We played with Metal bands and Blues bands and Punk bands and we all mucked in and became really good friends. Now things seem to be more fragmented and its not the same.
Looking back, I also have fond memories of Drakes. The great thing about Drakes was it didn’t matter how much you sucked, you could get a gig there. And the other great thing about Drakes was it didn’t matter how much the band sucked because there was another room to get away from the music! Aberdeen is pretty lucky in terms of venues, I think it’s probably much better now than when we started with Drummonds, Moorings, Tunnels, The Lemon Tree, Snafu, Warehouse… I could go on… if I could remember the names of any other venues.
Still on the local theme, which local bands or artists do you enjoy most?
I like 11:11, we played with them on one of our first gigs back and I thought they were really cool. Aberdeen’s got loads of great bands but the way I look at it is this is our interview, lets concentrate on us.
Booking and delivery charges for buying tickets online fry my head these days, why do companies constantly take the p out of gig go-ers?
Because they’re cunts.
Downloading music illegally, all right man or bad crack dude?
I’m at the stage now I’m really beyond this debate. I think if you really care about a piece of music you’ll buy it. If not, do what you want.
Home straight now…
Supergroup time. A vocalist, guitar, bass guitar, drums and a wildcard. Whats your line up?
Vocals, Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
Guitar, Eric Clapton (Cream)
Drums, John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
Keyboards, Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
I think I’ve built this whole band around the fact I want Ian Gillan to be singer really.
Your five desert island tracks?
The Last Resort by The Eagles
Blister by Jimmy Eat World
Magic by Ben Folds Five
Music by John Miles
Birdhouse In Your Soul by They Might Be Giants
And finally, your favourite flavour of crisps?
Thanks for your time Bob, and I’ll see you later tonight! Still Burning.
Point of Origin MySpace
Dates coming up…
Sunday 21st March 2010 – The Tunnels – Canterbury, He Slept on 57 & Point of Origin
Friday 9th April 2010 – The Tunnels – Captain Face, Point of Origin, Autumn in Disguise & Which Way Now