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A proper fncking indie band...

We Made This This anglo/aussie 2-piece consists of Tim on vocals and guitar, Amy on vocals and bass, and a vintage drum machine, the Alesis SR16.

Bedroom procrastinators beware! Sometimes, the best way to work out what you really want to do is by going ahead and doing it. That, anyroad, is the story of What Would Jesus Drive?

This anglo/aussie 2-piece consists of Tim on vocals and guitar, Amy on vocals and bass, and a vintage drum machine, the Alesis SR16.

Two people, singing songs that for all the comparisons you could chuck around - the synthetic bounce and scrappy DIY charm of Bis, the scuzzy greaser chug'n'riff of Ten Benson, the cranked garage economy of Tim and Amy's Medway neighbour Billy Childish - really just reflect the shared impulses of their makers.

"I'd always been in guitar bands where the musicians come from quite a metal background," explains Tim. "So when Amy and I got together we thought, here's a chance to try to do something a bit more lo-fi, a bit more indie - a proper fucking indie band, that's where our common ground is." Now married, they originally met playing in a garage rock band. "It was always in the back of our minds, how it would be a nice experiment to just be a two piece, to strip it all away," laughs Amy. "But when you're coming from that big wall of noise and reducing it down, it makes you a bit nervous!"

They tried it, though, and the result is 'We Made This', their debut EP. Recorded in Tim and Amy's front room, it's three tracks of nippy ultra lo-fi that kicks off with the quintessential WWJD song, the fantastically titled 'Boomtown Twats'. "I like the fact it's got swearing in the title, it's got swearing all the way through, and it's a minute and thirty second

long," says Tim. "Where we're from there's just lots of twats about, always giving you aggro. It's that feeling when you're scared to go out and buy some chips because there's gangs of kids hanging around outside the shop. It's people with completely different lives, who don't give a shit about yours." Then there's 'I Think We Rushed Into This', a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the darker side of marriage. "I find a lot of what I say in anger gets quoted back at me in music!" laughs Amy. Then, just to prove there aren't any hard feelings, the EP closes with a cover of 'You're The One That I Want'. Yeah, the Grease song. "It's a good one live," laughs Tim. "We start playing, and people prick up their ears, like I know that song. People have started doing the ooh-ooh-oohs back at us."

One year into their musical DIY project live shows have seen WWJD supporting the View, Bromheads Jacket and Art Brut. They even surreally flew out to the Phillipines to play in front of 40,000 people at the MTV Staying Alive Music Summit for HIV/AIDS.

With that key calling card, a record, now there's nothing stopping them.

"These days we travel light, and can head off on tour whenever we want" enthuses Tim. "Wherever we are the whole band is assembled and we can do it the way we like to, just between ourselves."

And why not? Sometimes, the best way to work out what to do is to get out there and do it.


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Press Release. 28 January 2008.

Memorably named What Would Jesus Drive? release their DEBUT EP "We Made This" on Split Records home to The Author, Computer Club, Rosemary and many more. With their unique sound, they don't stick to the norm, and seem to be "f**king off" and ignoring everything else they hear out at the moment, which is music to our saturated ears. Including the sound that seems to be the theme of their Medway home's music scene.

What Would Jesus Drive? consists of Tim on vocals and guitar, Amy on vocals and bass. This Anglo/Aussie two piece sing songs that for all the comparisons you could chuck around - the synthetic bounce and scrappy DIY charm of Bis, the scuzzy greaser chug'n'riff of Ten Benson, the cranked garage economy of Tim and Amy's Medway neighbour Billy Childish - really just reflect the shared impulses of their makers. On top of this they have a not so secret member who features on all the tracks of this stunning debut - A vintage drum machine, the Alesis SR16.

Now married, the pair originally met playing in a garage rock band. Recorded in Tim and Amy's front room, "We Made This" is the result of their striped back outfit. Three tracks of nippy ultra lo-fi that kicks off with the quintessential WWJD song, the



fantastically titled 'Boomtown Twats'. Clocking in at just a minute and a half long, Tim is proud to admit it manages to maintain swearing all the way through. "There's just lots of twats about. It's that feeling when you're scared to go out and buy some chips because there's gangs of kids hanging around outside the shop. It's about people with completely different lives, who don't give a shit about yours." Although the lead track, this is an EP that shares the glories. A tongue in cheek commentary on the darker side of marriage follows and closing track, the frequently murdered karaoke favourite 'You're The One That I Want' (Yeah, the Grease song) shows there are smiles all around.

One year into their musical DIY project live shows have seen WWJD supporting The View, Bromheads Jacket and Art Brut. Surreally they were even flown out to the Phillipines to play in front of 40,000 people at the MTV Staying Alive Music Summit for HIV/AIDS.

With that key calling card, and with this EP as hard evidence, it looks like that even if Jesus drove a Porsche he wouldn't be going places as fast as this band.

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