White Lies release their third album BIG TV on Monday, so we caught up with the band’s drummer Jack Lawrence-Brown for a natter about his beloved Queens Park Rangers…
Good start to the season for QPR, then…
It’s been much improved compared to what we had to put up with last year!
Early days yet but the atmosphere around the club seems to have shifted for the better. Do you even welcome back Joey Barton with open arms?
It’s going to be interesting. He’s made a really good start but then he’s probably got over a season’s worth of bad karma to make up for! We’ll have to wait and see with that one.
How do you feel about Harry Redknapp?
I like Harry a lot, actually. I think over the summer he made some bad comments with regards not being able to sign the players he wanted to sign, and that he might leave, but in general he’s been really good.
He’s been quite clever in terms of his new signings and the coaches he’s got on board, like Steve McClaren and the Tottenham lot, so he’s actually put the club in a good position.
He’ll probably feel now that there aren’t any excuses for us not to do well, and I think we probably will do quite well this season.
Do you see Adel Taarabt doing well at Fulham?
It’s completely bizarre, I think. I can’t imagine they’re going to give him a good reception there.
I don’t know how I feel about Adel Taarabt anymore – he was so inconsistent, or bad, last season that it surprises me that a Premier League club wants to take him on.
Fulham have already got Berbatov and now they’ve got another player who won’t run anywhere!
It’s an odd signing for me but fair enough, if he has a good season then maybe we’ll take him back. If not then I don’t think we’ll see him again.
Do you like the look of Charlie Austin? Can he be a good replacement for Loïc Remy?
Yeah, I think he can. I have similar reservations about him as I had with Remy, which is fitness issues.
I think Austin failed a medical at Hull and yet he passed one here, which is a similar situation to the one we had with Remy – he wouldn’t pass a medical at most teams but he passed one with QPR.
He’s probably the kind of striker that we need this season – he knows what he’s doing in the Championship and he’s a little bit more robust than Remy. I definitely think he’ll score a lot of goals.
Do you manage to get to Loftus Road often?
I’ve got a season ticket. I had one last season too which was great in terms of being able to go, because I was around lot last season – but obviously the games were appalling.
This season I have got a season ticket but it looks like I’ll only be around for about half the games. I’ve missed the first game already unfortunately and for the next one I’m going to be in Korea.
Beyond that, though, I should be able to go to a few so I’m looking forward to that.
Would you be able to name the best and worst QPR games you ever went to?
Best game would definitely be when we came from two goals down to beat Liverpool a couple of years ago.
Some of the goals were amazing, and Coates scores an absolutely amazing goal for Liverpool. That game ended up being the turning point for us staying up that season.
Worst game would be pretty much any game I saw last season! The worst was probably away to Fulham, which was really, really nasty.
We completely shot ourselves in the foot that game. It’s never nice to lose to Fulham, so that was probably the one.
Finally, if you had to select a five-a-side team out of all the QPR players you’ve seen in your time as a fan, who would you pick?
It would only be from the last few seasons but there’s still plenty to pick from because so many players came and went!
I’d probably still pick Júlio César in goal. I’m going to count loan players so I would have Remy as he’s an amazing striker.
Shaun Derry would have to play, especially in five-a-side, and probably Clint Hill in defence because he was actually pretty amazing last season considering most people’s opinion of him.
I would have picked Taarabt but he’s just gone to Fulham so I’ve got no respect for him anymore. I’ll go for Jamie Mackie instead.
I put Clint Hill in my Fantasy Football team after you kept clean sheets in consecutive matches against Chelsea and Spurs. Sorry for jinxing you.
Tell you what, I didn’t stand a chance in my Fantasy league last season because at any time I had three QPR players in my team. Terrible, terrible decision!
Jack Lawrence-Brown, thank you.
White Lies release their third album BIG TV through Fiction Records on August 12th. For more information, head to Shoot Matchday.