The man's expansive attitude doesn't stop there. He is a rabid instrument collector. While laying claim to mastery of 40 instruments initially makes him appear obsessive, his explanation is convincing. "If you play a guitar all the time, you think only in terms of a guitar, and that's limiting. With a new instrument, you don't know what you're doing, you can't do the same thing so maybe you don't become complacent about the creative process."
Sadly, only guitars, bass, drums and violin will make it here for Chris Holmes's shows with Yum Yum, plugging the rock lullaby beauties on his/their new album, Dan Loves Patti. This is a band who dressed as pink bunny rabbits to get bar-propping punters' attention while on tour in 1996. "In the course of a year we had some really great times onstage, we put on a good show. I don't know what Britain will be like. Hopefully it'll be brilliant."
EYE ON THE NEW
Eerie, sample-fuelled tunes from a band with a striking pop sensibility, Sneaker Pimps are a little too sweet for those with a taste more for Bristol's trancey output, but they look set to score a second top 20 hit with new single "Spin Spin Sugar".
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