Now long now before the music portion of SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, 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’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. We’re now up to a baker’s dozen of these 2015 Quickfire Questions answered, and this time we’ve got Daniel Paxton of Dublin band Buffalo Sunn to answer our list of festival flavoured queries. We’re clearly going to have to do some questioning in Austin about what “Planky” is at the full Irish breakfast next Friday, and I’m going to have to find Daniel as a fellow Alan Parsons Project fan so we can cozy up. Until then…
What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Most of all looking forward to playing some shows and bringing some Sunn to Texas; also it’s a good feeling walking down 6th Street in the sunshine.
Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Hamilton Leithauser is playing, really like his solo album plus loved the Walkmen.
Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
A plank of wood, I’d explain but it would take too long. We call it Planky. 🙂
If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
There is a place on 6th Street called the Iron Cactus that sells frozen margaritas with cactus juice in them. Apparently either way they are great so I’ll have one of them please and thank you 🙂
What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Play a good show enjoy yourself and try to take it all in.
Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions…
What song is your earliest musical memory?
My earliest memory would be listening to my Dad blaring The Alan Parsons Project on the family record player, some great tunes on that album to be fair 🙂
What was your favourite song as a child?
That’s a tough one, I remember hearing the La’s ‘There She Goes’ when I was 8, that song was a real game changer for me.
What song makes you laugh?
All the theme tunes to the movies and TV programmes we watched as kids, the Karate Kid to name one!
What song makes you cry?
We’re getting personal now! Eh I don’t know about actual tears but the Beach Boys’ ‘All I Wanna Do’ is a mixed bag of emotions for me.
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.)
Jesus! The War on Drugs – ‘I Was There’.
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.)
Anger to me takes up too much emotion. I move on quickly, life’s too short.
Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
The Band – ‘The Weight’.
Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
There are so many people! I really like Brian Wilson, maybe he is a good starting point.
If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Rust repairer and full time survivor 😉
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.)
If the creator had a record player I’d bring………Neil Young – ‘Harvest’ 🙂
Thanks to Daniel for answering our questions and also to Zoe for helping sort this out for us.