They look like The Clash used to. They look like The Stone Roses' evil twins.
They look like a gang.
And they are as tight as a gang, finishing each other's sentences and putting across their
points individually, knowing that they speak for the band as a whole.
Acting as spokesman Lloyd says What I fuckin' hate about music magazines is when they
compare you to other people, other bands. All the bitchiness too.
If you don't like someone, don't fucking include them in the magazine. Waste of paper.
We consider ourselves told.
And let it be said The Paddingtons are The Paddingtons, they are worthy of a feature or
two, and look nothing like The Clash or The Roses. And don't you dare question it.
For those of you who need to catch up, here's the background skinny:
Tom, Marv, Josh, Lloyd and Grant are from Hull, and they are proud of it.
Two years ago they formed a band and played over 200 gigs in venues up and down the
UK to get experience and learn their trade.
Since those earlier gigs, they have come into their own and still relentlessly pound the tour
circuit in their home-from-home police riot van.
Sheer mass of fans and excited word-of-mouth has brought Alan McGee onto the scene waving
an album deal contract for them to sign.
This was bound to happen with Pete Doherty naming them as his favourite band, and with the
underground following they are causing not only in London and Hull, but across the UK.
And now they're just waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.
Of course you must judge for yourself, but when The Paddingtons play live, they play like they mean it.
They race through a set of technically simple songs with addictive melodies and one
thing is clear to everyone in earshot: they love what they do.
This also comes out in their conversation.
When talking about music Lloyd talks at the speed of thought, gushing with the enthusiasm of a true music fan.
His anecdotes also reveal how deep the enthusiasm runs, I play this game when I'm high.
I say to anyone 'ask me a song and I'll play it'... any song... that can go on for hours mate, telling you.
This readiness to play and talk music underlines the Do It Yourself attitude they seem to have, so I probe them...
You've been called a D.I.Y band...
Lloyd: Even if you're Pink Floyd and you've got that much stuff on
stage ... they're doin' it themselves.
It's just something the music press use to get you in a group together.
The group of bands we play with, we're ten bands, we play together and we're all mates.
But you've got the us, The Cribs, Thee Unstrung, Special Needs ... and we're all totally different.
Maybe it's because they think you're a London band?
Tom: There's the stigma... like some people say you want to be from London, we're
like Nah, we're from 'Ull. You heard us talk?
We aren't bothered... we aren't like that... we're from Hull and we're just doin it cos we can.
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