Thank you! I have indeed lost weight, though we eat quite well on tour, the intense, physical stage show certainly is the reason for the weight loss! I feel good too!
Recording Our Last Album? was a really good experience, playing new numbers and working on a new project, I loved it. It was great to work in such a disciplined environment, for a change!
Well, I don't use any effects at all, on stage its usually an Ampeg SVT and 8 by 10 cab, in the studio too, though I did use an old Vox amp with a Marshall 8x10 cab too. The bass guitar is a Music Man Stingray, I love it! The sound is a mix from the amp for a bit of distortion and DI for the natural bass guitar sound, the strings are set quite low too for a bit of string buzz, which enhances the sound.
I guessed you would get around to asking this question!
Olga definitely had had enough, though I have never known anyone enjoy himself so much on stage at every gig, but I sensed he was never truly happy about the performance. One thing that I am certain of is that he always missed the speed, power and precision of his favourite drummer, Marty, who I must say is the best I have heard, having listened to the On Stage in Stuttgart album. I am sure Olga always felt he needed someone of the same standard, and I can understand this. But he has been through so many musicians, he just couldn't face all the searching, auditions etc. again and just decided to quit it all altogether. After the last show, in Spain last October, we all just settled back into normality! I knew Olga was as depressed as hell about it all coming to an end, and was still eager to play with other musicians. Anyway, he was delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Lambrusco Kids in Brazil, I am sure that's what he needed to make him hungry to play with the Toy Dolls again. Though I thought I would never hear from him!
It was was after he returned from The Lambrusco Kids gigs, early December time, he was a changed man! He is an extremist you know! He just said he wanted to give the crowd the best performance ever, I was delighted to be asked, and I really missed the touring, playing, traveling etc. So I jumped at the chance!
Incredibly excited to say the least! I have been a fan of Snuff since the early 90's! So its a big honour and privilege for me! I am really looking forward to getting on tour, even though Duncan is an Ipswich Town fan!
Yeah, it's live! It features a lot of songs that we will playing in the 2007 tour, its got some rough parts but there's no overdubs, just recorded in one take. It wasn't a gig as such, a private practice really with a bus load of our close friends. We hired a room in the back of a pub where Olga lives, in North London, then Bernie, our sound man, produced it. Not sure of the release date, some time in the summer of 2006. It'll be called TREASURED TOY DOLLS TRACKS....LIVE!
Olga decided on this concept at the beginning of 2004, he didn't say it to see how successful the gigs were, rather than how he felt about everything, he had a few years away from it, and wasn't sure if he would enjoy it, or if he was fit enough mentally and physically for the touring.
The rest of the shows this year will be places we didn't visit on the first legs, this will be part of the Our Last Tour? tour! Now Olga is talking about gigs throughout 2007, with a lot of songs from the new live album, and some different set routines. So I guess that answers your question!
(Much laughter!!!) The shows next year will be nearly all festivals, Olga has started on new studio album and plans to release it in 2008, with another full World tour (he will kill me me for telling you this!). I can say this though, he says he wont record another studio album unless he is very happy with it. But is he ever happy with anything he does!?
I hope I didn't say too much! I am excited to get going again, and to visit new places. I am also looking forward to seeing the gigs start to get confirmed!
Olga tells me they are being planned now, they will be around late May, he did say Oslo wont be included coz that was already in the first leg. As for actual towns, I wanna know as much as you do!