(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #67: Stuart Brock of Prides

By on Thursday, 20th February 2014 at 11:00 am
 

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. We’re on the fourth of these now, and this time we’ve got Stuart Brock (lead vocals, piano), bespectacled frontman of Scottish synthpoppers Prides. What does the Glaswegian have to tell us about their plans for SXSW? Read on…

We just posted the band’s debut video for ‘The Seeds You Sow’ as yesterday’s Video of the Moment, which you can watch here.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Obviously seeing loads of great bands, and getting out of the miserable Scottish weather. It’s such an iconic festival, it’ll just be great to be there and soak it up.

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Absolutely, we’re doing a show with Band of Skulls and Sir Sly, who we’re big fans of. Bipolar Sunshine, Wolf Alice, Holy Esque and Honeyblood are on our list too.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biography, 3 copies of. [There must be a story behind this. We will inquire… – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
1 gin & tonic, 1 bourbon, and Callum will have a Cosmo. [I think I’m with Callum on this one. – Ed.]

(For the SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
It’s one of the festivals that, especially for UK bands, feels like real progress. I think we’re just excited to get out and play as many shows as possible. The response we’ve had from the States so far has been incredible, so we’re excited to see how it goes in the future.

Let’s go on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I grew up surrounded by music, my Dad would always be playing records. Early memories include Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Emerson Lake & Palmer, YES, but possibly above all, and certainly one that connected with me as a kid was Queen.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘MMMBop’ by Hanson.

What song makes you laugh?
‘MMMBop’ by Hanson.

What song makes you cry?
‘Moments of Pleasure’ by Kate Bush.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘One Step Closer’ by Linkin Park. It’s a timing thing rather than the song itself…

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’, or anything by Kodaline.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘A Song For You’ by Leon Russell.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Max Martin.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I dread to think…

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘So’ by Peter Gabriel.

Many thanks to Stuart for answering our Quickfire Questions!

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