'Rock & Folk’ magazine

#207, April 1984




Hamburg in winter.  It’s freezing. Even in the "hot" streets, it's freezing. Then you can go into pubs. The Europeans were performing at ‘Uncle Po’s’, some sort of smoky pub smelling beer. A real paradise island for a Scottish band ... And a treat for the freezing rockers: two sets of a nervous rock.  Frantic and original, oscillating between harsh guitar and a cool invading keyboard.  European rock?

Geoff Dugmore (drums)  (our music is) rock that is open to other musical influences. We are, above all, trying to avoid things that are too limited or too strict. This explains a bit why we choose this name "Europeans". In England, at the moment, bands are called "Big Country" or "Dance Society". On the opposite we want to be less restrictive.”

Rock & Folk:  You also play with other people. Steve Hogarth (keyboards) and Colin Woore recorded with Annabel Lamb.

Colin Woore : Yes, on "Once Bitten". In fact, she's a long time friend. Since then, I have taken part in the recording of the next John Lydon record, which should be released very soon.

Rock & Folk:  Your first album "Vocabulary" was followed quite immediately by a live record. This is a lot in such a short time.

Colin Woore:  “We weren't very happy with the studio album, which in our minds was a bit overproduced. This is why we did that live record just after; more energetic and more incisive. Recording live gives more importance to the guitar. We are above all a Rock'n'Roll band, not a new wave band!”




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