PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
From page 108 of Classic Rock Magazine Summer 2005
The zany trio are back together. And they’re coming here!
This month The Presidents... return for a string of dates that culminates with sold-out V Festival performances. Remembered for madcap songs about peaches and lumps in the mid-90s, they re-formed last year after a seven-year hiatus. “We’re still just goofballs,' reckons drummer Jason Finn.
Our review of your latest album Love Everybody claimed that you returned to ‘rid us of the moany-minnie bedwetters that currently saturate the airwaves’. When we first came out in the 90s we were seen as the answer to the gloom of grunge, which wasn’t really true. We don’t feel like a reactive band or that our happiness needs to counteract the moaning bedwetters.
Although that could well be why people are coming to the shows. know that people in general don’t think of us at all. We were around for a while and shoved down everyone’s throats, but then we were gone. Our biggest hits were quirky songs, but it doesn’t concern us what people call us. ‘Novelty’ is fine, but not accurate.
Do us Brits get your wacky humour? Absolutely, we’ve seen it. It’s mayhem from the word go at every single UK gig. But there’s not a lot to get. It’s not like we are being subtle or have secret meanings in our lyrics. So if you want to come and have fun, then come along. But you don’t have to go and you can always leave. Thankfully, though, we’re not getting many leavers.
What can we expect from your festival set? All our hits will be in there as we know that people will want to hear Lump and Peaches . But there will probably be a couple of gags, such as throwing in a Boston number in the middle of one of
• PUSA’s tour begins at Belfast’s Spring & Airbrake on August 7