ben told me:
i used to play in the woods when i was a kid. i’d often run away to the forest on the horizon ( a game wood, they bred pheasants for shooting there so it was a bit private and therefore extra interesting. bit grim too i think, gibbets and stuff). but i liked the sense of escape from family life, and suburban life also, into the wild so to speak. it was my wish to run away for much longer but i never quite got it together i’m afraid. i think it would have been a formative experience. the woods stayed something of an obsession until my mid teens, when the power of amplified guitar and drum machine took over.