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Interview: TV COMA

So, who are you?

TV COMA are a bunch of rocking guys with big smiles and tight dance routines. We write happy Doo Wop songs with nice summery melodies but we’re actually really sad and hate ourselves.

Where are you from?

We like to think we’re from somewhere cool like Seattle or Balamory but we’re not. We’re actually from St Albans, which is a highly affluent suburb of London full of artisanal bakeries and boutique coffee shops. Most of our time is spent eating organic bananas and complaining about how bored we are.

How long have you been together?

TV COMA have been on the earth for a combined age of 102 years. We have lived for so long and we are so wise that our brains are full and sometimes we think they might explode. That would make it all so much easier if it would JUST END.

How long have you been playing music?

We have been playing for a really long amount of time, 700 days or more and we try to keep on playing. If we stop playing then we won’t know what else to do, where to go, who we are, who you are. Who are we? Who are you? Where am I? Where do we go now?

Why should people listen to your band?

TV COMA are a highly important band with fundamentally necessary things to say about modern life. Also, we be peng, sexy and shiny and wet and be slipping around all on the floor for you, showing off cool dancing skills, shaking hips and smiling right in your face.

What is your ideal touring line-up?

TV COMA would love to play with the great Fozzie Bear. He is so funny and cool and amazing and we all love him so much. Along with Fozzie Bear, it would also be nice and fun to play with Jeff Rosenstock, Charly Bliss and Kero Kero Bonito. But Fozzie Bear is our first choice.

What does music mean to you?

TV COMA say music is the lifeforce energy beating through our veins like sweet hot love, bubbling into our fingertips and up our throats until it spews out as blood and sick. We hope to spew out our sweet souls as blood and sick. It will make you see us for who we really are.

What was the first record you bought when you were younger?

TV COMA remember getting a compilation of WWE theme tunes, including such classics as ‘Sexy Boy’ by Shawn Michaels and ‘Ass Man’ by Billy Gunn. We relate to those songs because they are about sexy men like us.

What artists first inspired you to start playing music?

TV COMA are big fans of Joseph Beuys because he made stuff out of fat like chairs and batteries. We also like Ken Dodd because he used to jump around and tickle things and in our spare time we really like to tickle each other all together as friends.

What’s the most aesthetically pleasing album cover that you have in your collection?

Hurley by Weezer because we love his big face. It’s all-encompassing and round and it takes up most of the space. Also, it feels really warm when you touch the cover, really nice and warm. Seriously you have to try it.

What kind of movie genre do you think your music would best be the soundtrack for?

TV COMA are always trying to write the soundtrack to Michael Palin’s World Walkabout. He walks around everywhere in the world for ages and ages and our music would accompany him as he walks about with his face pointing at different bits of the world, like the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and that big rock in Australia.

Recommend us a record, a book, and a movie…

TV COMA really love Carly Rae Jepsen’s EMOTION, the Holy Bible and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. All great cultural milestones. EMOTION is better than Thriller, the Holy Bible is a slick hot story about some dude getting some elephants on a boat and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre because it’s about some really funny guy who likes to put silly masks on and run around.

Any last words for the readers of Highwire Magazine?

TV COMA say don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. If you change your lives today or tomorrow, we won’t be gambling on that future if you act now or tomorrow without delay. We are lost and we will never find a way out. TV COMA are just like you.

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