This is an interview designed specifically not to eke away at the carefully constructed WALL OF MYSTERY that surrounds the Golau Glau collective.They originally contacted ANBAD with an email consisting of carefully constructed confusion, and we’ve been hooked ever since. Here, they (whoever ‘they’ are) charmingly bat away our quasi-probing questions…
Hi Golau Glau! How are you? Where are you in the world right now? What do you see? And what is good about that place?
We are in GG Towers in the UK, an international HQ for mystique and oompah.
Naturally, we’re all wondering why there’s such secrecy. Is one of you Pete Townshend? (That’s the last identity-probing question, promise)
We are just shy and want it to be about nothing but the music. None of us wrote Baba O’Riley and none of us own credit cards.
I wondered endlessly about your statement, “We like Wales and cats, and whales, but not Cats”. Why does Cats – the musical – specifically, rile you? Is there a terribly traumatic amateur dramatics story to share with us?
If you’ve never heard a nine year old girl or Susan Boyle wail ‘Memory’, you are lucky. The TS Eliot poems are much better, though not his best work.
Golau Glau operates as a collective. How does this work How does your co-operative group nature affect the making of your songs?
We are based in GG Towers, which may or may not take physical form. Things happen there, it’s best not to discuss most of it. You get what you’re given.
Will the anonymity mean that there will be no live performances? If not, is this considered a shame or a relief?
It means there are no live performances planned, until we can have stripy holograms do it for us. It is a relief.
Anonymity leaves you and your music very open to the listener’s interpretation. It reminded me of the pre-internet days when you’d hear a song once on the radio and then endlessly puzzle about it until it appeared again. Is this part of the reasoning behind your stance?
This is correct. We are shy, but we also miss not knowing everything and the days of proper glamour rather than cheap celebrity.
Do you think that the exposure that the internet brings to bands has some negative aspects as well as the well-publicised positives?
Yes. You’re only new and interesting for a fortnight and there’s too much music out there. Like with television, there was always a lot of rubbish but now it has multiplied.
Finally, where would you like to head – what are your ambitions?
Tokyo DisneySea, Sonar festival, Paula Abdul’s video for Opposites Attract and down the dumper. Vinyl is nice.
Worthless BONUS Question: If you could meet any musical hero, who would it be, what one question would you ask them, and what drink would you buy them?
Most of them are dead, and we’re polite enough to ask those who remain what they’d prefer. Heroes usually disappoint – they’re either lovely and normal or…not. The magic remains in our heads, where it should be.
So: they’re not The Who, they want to go to Japanese theme parks, and dislike Susan Boyle. Which means they could be just about anyone. Why not buy their brilliant songs to see if you can figure it out for yourself?