The 1900s: Outtakes from the Interview to Preview their British Sea Power Opening Gig

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In this week's issue, Jaime Lees talks with Edward Anderson of the 1900s, who will be opening for British Sea Power on Saturday, March 29, at the Billiken Club. The Chicago band's latest album, Cold and Kind, is a pop treat, mixing Swedish-lite hooks with Echo & the Bunnymen-influenced darkness. The show, as always, is free. Here are some interview outtakes.

Jaime Lees: How are you getting around? Are there seven of you still? Edward Anderson: Yeah, there's seven.

I mean, do you have a van? Do you have a bus? Is it tight? It was stress. We bought a van this summer, a 2004 Econoline, and it's been sitting on my street since we got back from New York. I went to start it and, apparently, the battery died. And then we got a ticket for no city sticker and all of this horrible shit is going wrong. And the heat doesn't work so it's kinda fun. You know, it's a good time. We even have personalized license plates.

Shut the door. What is it? [laughs] Uh, HUNDOS1.

That is precious. Yeah, isn't that cute? That wasn't really my doing, but, uh, I supported it.

[sarcastic] Oh sure, the van's outside your house but you didn't make the plates? Naw! Actually, I'm kind of the default person that needs to care for the van because as soon as we bought it, my car got totaled so I pretty much was driving this fifteen-seater van around for months. Like, going to get groceries and stuff. It was totally ridiculous.

We're you like "I'm going to buy a table because I can"? [laughs] "I'm gonna help you move!"

MP3: British Sea Power, "A Trip Out"

MP3: British Sea Power, "Waving Flags"

MP3: The 1900s, "Acutiplantar Dude"

MP3: The 1900s, "Two Ways"

-- Annie Zaleski

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