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Bressie comes out fighting
He fantasises about killing Bertie and Biffo, armed himself with a baseball bat during the London riots and has some choice words for people who think he walked out on The Blizzards. He’s also made a solo album, Colourblind Stereo, which he hopes people will care about enough not to illegally download. Niall Breslin pulls no punches talking to Stuart Clark.
Stuart Clark, 29 Sep 2011
“I would love to have seen Irish people riot – not riot but fucking stand up. That would have been a revolution because we were fucked. We were fucked up the ass. What makes me really angry is that like goldfish we’ll forget about this and who caused it. The Bertie Aherns and Brian Cowens of this world will be fine.”
I think it might be prudent for anyone connected to Fianna Fáil or the Irish banking system to give the 19 dates on his current Irish tour a wide berth. We haven’t rioted here, but they sure as hell did recently in London where Bressie witnessed some shocking scenes.
“I was sitting in a restaurant near Camden and was asked to leave because of the rioting,” he reminisces none too fondly. “Outside it was just police and teenagers engaged in a stand-off. Luckily I know the area pretty well, so I was able to take the backstreets home to my place in Belsize Park. I was in my living room hearing these swells of noise getting closer and closer. The Tesco and Starbucks beside me were looted and they tried to burn down the fire station. Crazy fucking shit, so I went out and bought myself a baseball bat. I’m not gonna be standing there with a cup of Barry’s Tea and a packet of Tayto if some fucker breaks into my house!”
If this pop stardom lark doesn’t work out, a career in Travis Bickle-style wash the scum off the streets vigilantism awaits.
“I really feared for my safety at one point,” he resumes. “We were on the third storey and trying to work out, ‘How do we get out of here if they throw a firebomb in the letter-box?’ I’ve a friend with a six year-old in Clapham – big fucking Aussie Rules guy, massive. I rang him to ask how he’s doing and he says, ‘I’m fucking petrified! My little girl’s under the bed screaming.’ These guys were randomly throwing petrol bombs at houses.”
As anyone who followed him on Twitter during the disturbances will know, Bressie did not take kindly to MIA quipping that, “I’m going down to the riots to hand out tea and Mars Bars.”