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"Psapp is an experimental electronica band. The band, a duo consisting of members Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant, are sometimes credited with inventing a musical style known as toytronica, a form of electronica made with toys and toy instruments (the band uses toy guitars, flutes, and a chicken they named Brunhilda). They have released three albums (Northdown, Tiger, My Friend and The Only Thing I Ever Wanted) and five EPs (Do Something Wrong, Rear Moth, Buttons and War, Hi and the iTunes-exclusive Early Cats and Tracks). Psapp are known for their humour on stage, throwing cats (hand-made by the band) into the audience."

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Bandega Interview with Galia Durant of Psapp (March 2009)

Where cuteness and evil come together.

Q: How have your shows changed over the years? Has your perspective on performing live changed?
A: When we first discussed the idea of playing live first, we had a fantasy that we would be able to recreate our songs in a live setting with just the two of us and some strangely wired objects. We harboured this dream for quite a while. As time progressed, however, we realised we needed more hands, feet and mouths to make something that was, if not exactly like the record sonically was still in the spirit of our music. It was then that we invited some friends to join us on tour. Now we are a six piece band with violins, bass, guitar, keyboards, a homemade drumkit and several kazoos, plastic fish and a wonderful instrument called the Super Saxoflute.

Q: Describe the most memorable live show you've played.
A: For me it would have to be our last London show - the sound check went perfectly but that is always a bad omen - in the end, our keyboard broke mid-set so we ended up doing an impromptu comedy show and my Dad came on stage to much excitement and delivered a lecture on Darwinism. Against all odds, I now have very warm memories of the whole thing but at the time it was a bit of a nightmare and it took 2 and a half bottles of wine to calm me down.

Q: What venue do you consider to be your "home", where you feel most comfortable, with the crowd and the place itself?
A: We've never played more than once at a venue (but we won't read into it) so that would be a hard one. Usually for us, a show is more about the crowd than the venue itself. Basing it on that, Ireland and Turkey have probably been the most warm, welcoming and appreciative of our oddness.

Q: Describe the most enjoyable show you've ever experienced as a fan.
A: There are so many types of enjoyable, but I suppose the most special and memorable gig I can recall was Ivor Cutler performing his last ever show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. This doddering old man with plastic sunflowers in his drooping hat played his marvelous, surreal and heartwarming songs on a harmonium that had "sewage" painted across it in large white letters. You could see it was to be his last gig and that somehow made it all the more poignant. Sure enough he died less than a year later.

Q: You've described your recent animated video collaboration with Stephen Irwin as "our most violent video to date with LOTS of blood, gore, dancing teeth, fishcakes and exploding mammals". How did this collaboration come about and why all the (incredibly fun) violence?
A: We have always had a compulsion to combine cuteness and complete evil, and I think this video is the culmination of those 2 loves.

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