Smile originally formed in 1992 when singer/ songwriter Pete
Gioconda met bass/ lead guitar player Brian
Chapman and drummer/ lyricist Wayne John.
After playing at indie nights, punk nights, benefits and free festivals
in the Brighton area, and at Greenbelt Festival near Northampton,
they recorded a demo album in 1996.
An unsettled period followed, with various bass players and Brian
playing various instruments, until the band changed their name to Wilderness in
1997. They wrote a new set of songs and played pubs and festivals
in Brighton and London with new bassist Jacob
Creutzfeldt. By the time they played Attila the Stockbrokers Glastonwick festival
in 1999 they had added lead guitarist Dave
Kaye, whom Pete met at an open mic night in Brighton.
Following the loss of bassist and drummer (musical differences and
what-not) at the turn of the millennium, Pete
Gioconda focused again
on songwriting and recording, learning Cubase and collaborating with Brian Chapman (now living up north) by post and the internet.
Pete Gioconda left Brighton for three
years, but continued to collaborate with Brian
Chapman and Dave
Kaye on recordings, until returning in
2004 to Brighton to continue work on an album. After completing two
EPs under the band name Wilderness (not to be confused with the later American band of that name),
a fresh start seemed in order so the band reverted to original name Gioconda
At the start of 2006, bassist Adam Adamson and
drummer Big Jim Best joined, and the
band played some Brighton gigs with a new set of songs. In the autumn
of that year, Pete Gioconda left Brighton
for good and has since performed solo in and around Bristol,
run open mic showcase A Boatload of Knees, and rehearsed with a new line-up
of Gioconda Smile . . .
GIOCONDA was with Gioconda
Smile from the beginning. He used to busk a lot, blowing
a wild harmonica to Dylan songs and his own improvisations, and
play at open mic nights. Sometimes he delivered his stream of
consciousness words at alienating poetry readings, amongst a
lot of “funny” people . . . until
he got fed up and decided to form his own band.
aim is to merge many things into the rocknroll heart
of Gioconda Smile. Petes
varied songwriting influences include Bob Dylan, John Lydon,
Jim Morrison and Pete Townshend and their influences too. It
was getting into Jim Morrison that started me writing. Recent
music he appreciates comes from female singer/songwriters such
as Cat Power and Gemma Hayes. Theyve got a passion
not hemmed in by fashion and genre.
Pete has published several books of poetry,
two collections of lyrics,
and is working on the first of a series of novels, a semi-surreal
odyssey of youth, based on wanderings in Britain and Ireland.
He studied Music Technology, has a useless Economics
degree, and continues to edit Edible
Society and make creative use of his computer skills. He tried
acting for a while and has also done quite a few other things . . .
CHAPMAN grew up in Yorkshire with the songs of
The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Who in one ear, and
Mozart, Beethoven and colliery brass bands in the other courtesy
of his Big sister and Father. He remarked: I suppose
that I was just lucky to be in a family with good and varied
tastes in music. The first single he bought was Life
on Mars by David Bowie. The 70s were loud
rock and roll guitars, screaming vocals and long hair, but
the hair didnt last and the season brought The Clash!
It had all got too polished and the polish rubbed off and
showed the guts underneath. The music making scene opened
up to less talented individuals, but they had something intensely
more real to say!
started to play along with the records of bands like the The
Sex Pistols, Clash, and The Stranglers. The first decent band
I joined was called Colour him dead,
and was a Killing Joke type of band music for shoulders!
Id moved over to playing bass by then. I started my education
in Rock and Roll with Colour him dead. Adi the second guitarist
moved up the ladder into Swervedriver.
the time Brian moved to Brighton, he had been in numerous bands,
as a bass player and vocalist, while learning other instruments
and multi-track recording techniques, which he would be able
to put to creative use in Gioconda Smile. One
of the first people I got to know in Brighton was Pete
and Pete started jamming together with Wayne
John on drums and Gioconda Smile came into being. It was a very promising
first year for me in Brighton. I got into a new circle of friends
and played Brighton Urban Free Festival in a band called The
Space Toad Experience with one of my Punk influences Captain
Sensible on bass guitar.
longer working within Gioconda Smile,
Brian is now writing, performing and recording solo. I
came to an understanding of new levels of what makes songs work
as a member of Gioconda Smile. Ive
had a massive input of music into me across the years and it
doesnt stop! Being able to put all those influences into
creative use is a sort of rites of passage for me, and in a strange
way it ties together my life. The Beatles, The Stones, brass
bands, music from Classical to Punk Rock . . . !
Its all part of the cake mixture that cooks, in whatever
I write, perform and record!
guitarist DAVE KAYE has been
interested in music ever since he can remember, and it has always
fascinated him. At sixteen he got into listening to rock music
such as The Police, Madness and even Queen (“I really like
melodic guitar solos!”) He was initially in a heavy rock
band, influenced by Metallica and Iron Maiden, then ’60s
bands like The Kinks, Pink Floyd and The Doors, and of course
John Lennon and The Beatles. After studying design and architecture
at college, he realised his heart was in music (“I’ve
recently been back to college to learn about music technology”).
He formed a duo with a college friend, playing Beatles songs,
some Dylan and Hendrix – playing for free beer in pubs
in Dewsbury near Leeds.
His real ambition was to do original stuff – he soon moved
to London with a friend and set about writing music with a band,
busking to earn a bit of money and gain confidence. The band relocated
to Brighton for its creative atmosphere, and curiosity took him
to various open mic nights where he started to play covers and
a few of his own songs. This is where he met Pete
Gioconda and became interested in joining Wilderness (now
renamed Gioconda Smile). “I
have enjoyed developing my own style of lead guitar in Gioconda
Smile, seeking new influences from ’70s new wave and
The Who, as well as studying George Harrison’s technique”.
He is currently co-writing songs and experimenting with sounds.
into Wilderness in late 1997. I
knew the songs and the band second nature by then, continues Brian. Ive
been bass player, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, backing vocalist, producer, percussionist and occasional
keyboard player for the band over the years. I like the freedom
that not having a pinned down role gives me. It means
that I learn a lot about the whole scope of the music. In
autumn 2005, the band changed their name back to Gioconda
Smile, bringing in a new bass player and drummer, and played some gigs in Brighton in the summer of 2006. Since then, recordings have taken over. For the time being.
One last thought from Brian: Do you really think a band can
keep on being creative and not have a future?
to band members
What music has been most influential to your own style?
Pete Gioconda: Original 1977 punk and new wave
has been such an influence on my attitude to society
as well as my guitar playing that I dont even
notice it any more. The Buzzcocks made me want to play
guitar, later The Specials made me want to be a singer.
Afterwards I immersed myself in 60s bands The
Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Beatles, Kinks,
Small Faces. I like music with vision and power and
sense of adventure lots of classics, including
Beethoven. Bob Dylan is a major later influence: without
him I wouldnt have persevered with a musical
career he brings dignity and direction to popular
music. He is very brave. I first got into reggae properly
after hitching to Wales with a friend we went
straight to a party and Peter Toshs Bush Doctor was
music first of all. The music of John Lennon has
influenced my style. Im also into Pink Floyd,
The Ramones, The Buzzcocks and other 70s
punk bands, and I like The Who too.
Brian Chapman: Ive
got a lot of influences, theyre all most influential
at the time! Rock musics been around for me the longest.
The Sweet, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, GunsnRoses 70s
rock bands The Stranglers, Clash, The Sex Pistols
of course. I really revelled in the late 70s, early 80s.
There was a lot of real attitude and bollocks in the music.
That doesnt mean Im an out and out rocker Im
into funk, pop, classical and dance stuff. Really anything
I get inspired to play along with is gonna influence, and
has influenced me in some way.
two biggest musical influences on my life have been
the anarcho-punk band Crass and the Christian rock
band U2. Both influenced my life in ways other than
just musical. The album Let the Tribe Increase by
The Mob has it all: anger, pain, beauty to me
the essence of punk at its inspired best.
Top 3 recent songs?
last three singles by The Manic Street Preachers from the album This
is my truth tell me yours. I never used to like the Manics
because of comments they made concerning new age travellers, but
since hearing If you allow this to happen then your children
will be next about the Spanish Civil War, all is forgiven.
- Pete: The
sound that Garbage comes up with I find stirring and powerful,
so Ill choose Im Only Happy When It Rains by
them. Kula Shakers Shower Your Love is pretty
groovy, and I like all their stuff except when I hear
it on a car advert! Mike Scotts records have been favourites
for years, particularly a recent song called Open from
the album Still Burning Id have to toss
a coin to decide whether to pick that or Highlands from
Bob Dylans recent Time Out of Mind.
Brian: Err, I really like Beautiful Stranger by
Madonna. Soul Funk Brother is good enough to go round
and round on a loop; and though its not that recent: Bittersweet
Symphony by The Verve. Ive been focusing on pop songs
for a while now.
Dave: Mystical Machine Gun by Kula Shaker its
an interesting phrase and my favourite recent song. Kula Shaker
are great, and Im really into the concept of this song,
all about aliens and Armageddon. Secondly, Maria by Blondie its
good to see them again. Ive always liked Debbie Harry.
Thirdly, the song on the sketch by The Fast Show concerning a Mr
Wells its hilarious!
Top 3 all time songs?
Brian: Probably: Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling
Stones, Kinky Afro by Happy Mondays and Hangin Around by
The Stranglers, but if Im asked that question again I know
it will be a different choice.
Dave: I am the Walrus by The Beatles. This is brilliant:
so many musical ideas put to quite urgent, almost disturbing
lyrics. Waltz in Black by The Stranglers is another favourite:
I love the keyboards it reminds me of fairgrounds. And She
Dont Use Jelly by The Flaming Lips. This is a very
silly, yet funny, song verging on the ridiculous!
Wayne: Love Rescue Me by U2 with Bob Dylan, One by
U2 and Love Like Blood by Killing Joke. The lyrics in
all three songs are incredibly moving.
Pete: Ive got more than three, of course. I love so
many songs by Bob Dylan that to narrow them down is impossible but One
of Us Should Know (Sooner or Later) and Sad Eyed Lady
of the Lowlands will always stop me in my tracks. Id
let them flood over me. Id pick something by The Who as
well, such as A Quick One While Hes Away. Ive
also been listening to Ian Dury and Elvis Costello a lot recently.
you could jam with anyone, who?
Wayne: I would love to jam with U2 dance style.
obvious choice is Jimi Hendrix, but Im not gonna put that!
Id like to jam with George Harrison, actually. He was an
innovative musician who came up with great riffs and solos.
- Pete: Famous
people? Very hard to be realistic about: most musicians I admire
are from a different decade or too similar in approach. For
instance, Pete Townshend would spring to mind, but maybe I
should choose John Entwhistle and Keith Moon (this is fantasy!),
given that I play guitar. Id prefer to jam with Gioconda
Brian: Ive got to say Jimi Hendrix Id
play bass guitar though!
- Q5. Have
any films influenced your world?
Wayne: The Last Temptation of Christ, Life of Brian, Land
and Freedom and Pink Floyds The Wall have all
deeply touched my life in various ways.
Brian: A large part of my consciousness is inspired by
films. I think that were all influenced by the world of
cinema to some extent. All I can really do is just reel off some
classics. I love Sci-fi: Dark Star, The Empire Strikes
Back, Predator. Comedy films like Groundhog Day,
the Police Squad films, Austin Powers, Woody Allens
films. Enter the Dragon is still a classic. Ive
always liked a well told story.
Dave: Star Wars (including the new one) and other
science fiction films. I like fantasy because it spurs the imagination.
Monty Python films are fantastic and highly imaginative. I really
love the animation in Yellow Submarine. Recent films? Austin
Powers and The Matrix.
Pete: There was a film came on when I was about sixteen and
my parents hated it, leaving the room in protest, while I remained
glued to it. It was O Lucky Man! with Malcolm McDowell
and directed by Lindsay Anderson, with great songs by Alan Price.
It was strange and very long, and just the thought of it inspires
me to write. An odyssey of modern Britain fabulous! I
love certain French films like Jean de Florette and Manon
des Sources, and Spanish surrealist-type weird ones. Hollywood
is still the sugar-coated propaganda machine it always was, with
a few exceptions. I like sexy actresses like most blokes do Bridget
Fonda is the sexiest! Recently I adored Life is Beautiful with
the Italian comic genius Robert Benigni, but would always prefer
to go back to the classics, like The Treasure of the Sierra
Madre with Humphrey Bogart (amazing atmosphere haunting), Night
of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum, or one of Hitchcocks,
like Strangers on a Train.
- Q6. Other
interests besides music?
Brian: Keeping my head above water and generally feeling
interested in being on the planet. Im not a total space
cadet! Ive been known to stay in for days. I like dreaming,
and watch a lot of films. I still love motorbikes and yeah, sex I
hope its not against the law yet that fits
in with the bed bit!
Wayne: My Christian faith, the ups and downs of Chelsea
FC and of course my dear baby son Jake!
Dave: Designs always been a great interest, along
with model-making and photography. Reading: fiction and science
fiction. Developing myself and my understanding.
Pete: I love writing when its going well, and I
love anything that brings out a sense of magic and adventure
in me travelling, walking in the woods at night, looking
into the darkness, seeing stars. I hope to get more involved
with nature, planting and cultivating, on an ecological mission
of my own. Id love to help return land to a wild state.
My spiritualitys private though pervasive; and I always
have a book Im reading.
- Q7. Most
remembered gigs you have seen?
Pete: The Specials, Madness and The Selecter on the first
major 2-Tone tour at Portsmouth Guildhall in 1979. The atmosphere
was ecstatic with everyone dancing crazy, and on the train to
Portsmouth mods were lounging in the luggage racks, military-style.
I thought that was very rebellious and became a punky mod instantly.
The Undertones around the same time were fabulous, as were The
Ramones the loudest gig Ive ever been to: my ears
were whistling two and a half days later! Recent gigs: Kula Shaker
were fun though still a pale shadow of the late seventies, I
think. No matter how bands try, they cant quite get the
sense of mission and energetic freedom . . . But
I hope to see it return.
Wayne: The Mob at Hackney Chats Palace on my 16th birthday.
Id just had a mohican haircut to celebrate leaving school
and got so drunk I pissed myself. Also Crass at a squat gig in
Dave: Kula Shaker at The Forum in London was one of the best
gigs Ive seen. Recently Ive been watching Halo, a
Brighton band. Id really like to have seen The Beatles.
Brian: The Stranglers on the Raven tour, The Jam All
Mod Cons tour, The Velvet Underground reunion gig in London,
The Sex Pistols reunion gig in Finsbury Park, Kula Shaker on
the Peasants, Pigs and Astronauts tour, Primal Scream Screamadelica with
The Orb as support, Bauhaus on the Burning from the Inside tour,
Guns n Roses at Donnington festival . . .
theyre all really memorable gigs that Ill always
- Q8. Who
has inspired your sense of humour?
Wayne: Monty Python and The Sex Pistols, I guess.
Pete: I expect it was my father who could be very dry
and cutting and witty. Stan Laurel has been an inspiration!
At one time I was impressed by Peter Cook as the devil in Bedazzled, and
by characters in O Lucky Man! Ive done more than
my share of mimicking Monty Python (and who hasnt?) John
Cleese (especially as Basil Fawlty) and Michael Palin, their
faces and voices . . . Maybe John Lydon and The
Sex Pistols too, including Malcolm McClaren. Oh yeah, and Bob
Dylan in Dont Look Back, and most of his interviews
and songs. Jim Carrey is great of course . . .
Brian: My sense of humours been grounded by the
insanity of satirists like the Pythons, The Fast Show, Blackadder,
Comic Strip, The Young Ones. A full Cheese Shop-like carry on,
and lots of stand-ups: Bill Hicks, Ben Elton, Eddie Izzard . . .
Oh and of course Bob and Vic.
Dave: John Cleese is one of the funniest actors Ive
ever seen. Sarcasm has inspired my sense of humour. Paul Whitehouse
and The Fast Show is still my favourite comedy show. Other things
like Laurel and Hardy as well. Yea.
An inspiring moment of your life, up to now?
Pete: Being born, ha ha! No, seriously . . . A memorable
time was hitching round Scotland years ago with a girlfriend,
writing poems everywhere and not being able to stop writing
in a storm in a stone circle on the Orkneys. Writing on Hampstead
Heath in the summer mornings before work, or while walking through
a forest . . . The smell of wood smoke on the
wind in autumn, the sound of wind in the trees in spring the
hint of freedom that makes you feel you can fly . . . Waking
up with no words to explain a wondrous naïvety!
Wayne: Watching my baby son Jake born has been one of
the most inspiring moments of my life to date.
Brian: Every time I look at the sky or the sea or hear
a new song that makes me wanna write, I feel inspired. But I
suppose the big ones have been getting my first motorbike, arriving
in Brighton for the first time, getting my first guitar and going
to see my first gig: I think that was the Skids first tour.
Seeing a new life enter into the world completed a life cycle
Dave: Music inspires me, particularly guitar solos and
rhythms. I get inspired at gigs, like at the last gig we played.
Melodies and harmonies give me new ideas. I am inspired by fictional
and fantastic images, which create originality; and by things
which give me pleasure and make me laugh.
- (b) Questions
writers, thinkers have had an impact on your lyric writing?
Pete: For a start: Jim Morrison, Arthur Rimbaud, Victor Hugo,
Bob Dylan, Gogol, Nietzsche, Pete Townshend, Mike Scott, John Lydon,
Carlos Castaneda, Jimi Hendrix, William Blake, Dostoievski and
Jesus. Also the so-called Beats, including Henry Miller, Hermann
Hesse, Knut Hamsun and Jack Kerouac. Theyre all bloody
good, you know. The list is longer than that, but who likes lists?
Good writers or thinkers encourage me to write and think, and
make me excited about life and its endless possibilities. Jim
Morrison inspired me to start writing poetry, though Id
had a feeble attempt at writing a song previous to that, inspired
by Paul Weller. I love Jim Morrisons poetry too, though
it gets panned by so-called serious critics.
Wayne: William Blake, C. S. Lewis, Penny Rimbaud, and
the Christian mystics, etc. Anything that covers the three basics:
politics, sex and death!
- Q2. Do
any themes run through your lyric writing?
Wayne: What is the true nature of freedom?
There are false forms of freedom. Also, my lyrics
aim at some kind of reconciliation between spirituality and sensuality,
between mysticism and politics . . . the struggle and the tension
between law and liberty, ethics and licence, etc.
Pete: Vision and transcendence, seeing the path with heart, ruthless honesty,
going your own way despite peer pressure or hypocrisy, love of
nature, and distress at the way the natural world is being messed
up by total morons with money. The idea of using your intelligence
and imagination rather than fashionable cliché to change
the world. Self-motivation, looking through surface appearances,
mapping the subconscious. There are certain recurring images
and words, such as eye, face, see, smile .
. . Theres a cat or two in there too, and a desire to be
able to breathe freely coming up for air, with room to
bustle in. Creativity as freedom.
- Q3. Top
3 favourite books?
Pete: My number one is definitely Les Misérables by
Victor Hugo which I keep re-reading. To me its the perfect
novel, and I intend to write a novel inspired by its optimism.
Next would be Dostoievskis The Brothers Karamazov which
gets deeper every time I read it. There are hundreds of books
of course that I would like to mention, including The Power
of Silence by Castaneda and the New Testaments Four
Gospels, and books by the writers I mention elsewhere; but
Ill have to choose Arthur Rimbauds Complete Works,
for the heart-breaking magic and mystery and the essence of the
hopes and dreams of youth.
Wayne: The Bible, various works of William Blake, and The
Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis.
- (c) General
questions to band
Band ambitions for gigs and releases?
Pete: Further up, further in. To tour
the world and to create worlds in sound. Wed like to put
on gigs that are always special, a party or celebration like
The Doors used to do, with light and dramatic effect as well
as music. Id like a literary and shamanic element to gigs
and recordings, to evoke stories of wonder and excitement. The
humour comes from breaking the ice with the audience, sharing
the experience. We want to do as much of it as we can ourselves,
or with our friends. We believe in having friends you can trust . . .
Brian: My ambitions for the band are to keep writing and
performing songs, and music thats well worth hearing.
Dave: To get out there and do our thing develop
our style further and maintain the success were enjoying.
Wayne: It would be a laugh to support Sham 69 or any of the
old-time punk rockers from the 70s.
- Q2. Present
and future plans?
Pete: We want to tour Britain soon, especially places weve
never been like Blackpool, and places wed like to revisit,
like Scotland or Cornwall. Then out into the big wide world.
Well be gigging round Brighton and London, and hope to
gig with Brighton band Halo who share some of our ideals. Were
working on two EPs for our own label 3-Face. Four songs will
be ready soon: Darkened Images and Queen of the Future are
quite poppy and dancy, Learning to See is more thoughtful,
and Millennium more of a rousing number. We have a lot
of songs, with over thirty in different stages of recording.
We want a chance to finish them, as well as to get into uncharted
territory, finding talents that once seemed out of reach to
grow artistically and as people. The third CD will be an album
of ten or more songs, with poetry interspersed between them,
kind of telling a story.
Dave: To keep gigging and recording music both with
the band and with my film scores.
Wayne: To finish all the recordings so we have something
to show people.
Brian: Our ideas for recording and live gigs keep flowing,
weve got a good stock of material to develop.
- Q3. How
would you like to influence people?
Wayne: I would like to influence people to be a bit more
humble about themselves. To try and do good to other people,
be humble, seek transcendence.
Dave: To be more peaceful and less corrupt, to care more
about each other and themselves.
Pete: To think intelligently and with vision, affection and
a certain detachment. Sooner or later youre gonna die,
so dont waste your precious energy on stupidity! To be
thankful for life, love nature and plant trees, and to do our
human best towards all living things to be impeccable.
Dont be blind. Or bland! And of course: come to
our gigs and buy our records, ah ha!
Brian: Positively, and maybe negatively enough to help
people question whats going on.
- Q4. What
are you saying as a band?
Wayne: I think the band is about turning negatives into positives;
being creative when its all youve got. As John Lydon
once said: Anger is an energy. The band to me reflects
the transmuting of pain into surrealist punk protest.
Brian: Were saying that were into writing good
songs with good melodies and strong structures that give you
the feeling youve been somewhere or seen something in a
new way. Were saying this is the world of people questioning 90s
life and attitudes. Theres a lot of plus points for the 90s,
but were not timid about probing the negative side of life.
Its not all sweets and roses, were looking at the
Dave: Its difficult to know what to say about this
one, because Im not used to having the opportunity to comment
about what Im saying as a member of a band. But I would
say Dont judge our music until you have heard it
and listened to what we are saying in the words.
Pete: First of all were saying Hello! . . People
say that rocknroll failed and became entertainment,
but we wont give up that easily we want to make
our own alternatives, not just go into a shop to buy them. Rocknroll
consciousness is yet to happen merge all art forms and
disregard fashion. Im concerned with the wars we fight
within ourselves, which Jimi Hendrix refers to. The happy war,
the rocknroll war, is the struggle to find and follow
your own star. Dont pretend that what youre doing
is good until it is! The world is full of adventure and mystery dont
make it mundane.
What is Wilderness EP saying?
Pete: Anger, wonder and joy. Its saying that the world
is changing and were not going to be passive surfers on the
waves. Stand up, but dont let them count you: were sick
of being so-called dole scroungers people who
categorise like that havent got a clue what life is about,
or how hard we work on our music. Is the world going to end up like
some nightmare sci-fi vision, full of mechanised war (as if?) or
are we going to rediscover the magic in the wilderness? The days
we desire sing to the hidden fire . . . To quote Jim
Morrison: Where were the feasts we were promised? and Im
sick of dour faces staring at me from the TV tower. Oh, and
another thing: Be excellent to one another, and party on, dude!
- Q6. What
influences have surfaced?
Wayne: Millennium tensions, environmentalism, self-empowerment.
Oh, and looking for love!
Pete: I was influenced while writing some songs by a bluesy
songwriter called Piers Wildman, who lives up to his surname.
Ive aimed at a mix of serious and lyrical, light and heavy.
Theres a bit of reggae in there, a bit of Dylans
mad blues, some Mike Scott, some Who, Killing Joke, Stranglers . . .
Dave: Fun has been an influence for me. Ive enjoyed
being more disciplined with song structure commitment
to the band is crucial.
- Q7. What
is the overall feel of Wilderness EP?
Pete: Soft and hard, angry and honest, peaceful and sad,
joyful and hopeful. Were enjoying what we do, at last getting
ready to move on and open our mouths; or keep them shut, just
to be annoying!
Dave: It makes me feel motivated and enthusiastic! Its
an original fusion rock record.
Wayne: A fusion of many and various musical styles coupled
with the usual angst, although hopefully this time round without
the usual negative victim/ moaning mentality. Trying to transcend
this with vision, creativity and self-empowerment. I think it
reminds me of what someone called the French philosopher Simone
Weil a utopian pessimist.
- Q8. How
would you like Gioconda Smile to be remembered?
Dave: A great performance band who are not scared of saying
what they mean and showing how they feel. Innovative.
Brian: Just to be remembered is fine with me and
well keep growing and getting better. I suppose the phrase Yeah,
they were really good and they did a lot of varied stuff sums
Pete: As people who kept their promises – eventually!
As a band that helped break the outdated mould of rocknroll,
to bring . . .
Wayne: Anything can happen!