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- Posted on Jun 13th 2008 12:00PM by Jolie Lash
With their drumming chair vacant following the departure of Michael Tapper after the recording of the new album, WAS have resorted to using one friend from L.A. fairly regularly and a famous pal or two behind the kit. "Drums figure permanently in our sounds enough that drummers like playing with us, so basically so far it's been pretty easy to get people to play with us," Murray tells Spinner. "We had an Arctic Monkey play with us [Matt Helders]. That was actually pretty mind blowing. That dude is an amazing drummer. And then Gary Powell who was in the Libertines and now is in Dirty Pretty Things, He's f---ing awesome. He's amazing."
Heading back to the U.S. will also give the gents time to refamiliarize themselves with celebrity American culture. The group's time away means Murray hasn't quite caught the fever of MTV's biggest reality show hit. "I know of 'The Hills,'" he says. "I've never seen it."
One thing Murray does know well though is giving advice. Fans of the band already log on the band's web site to read Murray's answers to a host of 'Dear Abby,' or rather, 'Dear WAS' questions. So when Spinner asked Murray if he had any advice for semi-new advice columnist, 'The Hills'' Spencer Pratt, the singer definitely did.
"Giving advice is like gambling: you never let your emotions get involved," Murray says.
While Pratt's Radar column, 'Yo Spencer,' finds him helping out adults who wet the bed after a drunken night of passion and people who don't quite know how to tell a heavyset friend too much is too much, Murray just might take the cake for some of the most bizarre questions.
"One time on person was asking what material the stuff that connections hair extensions to hair is made of," he says. "We get a lot of the most poignant ones. See, we're less interested in helping people who show up and pee in other people's beds."