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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #79: Mark McCausland of The Lost Brothers

 
By on Monday, 15th December 2014 at 11:00 am
 

Irish singer/songwriter duo The Lost Brothers put out a great album this year (‘New Songs of Dawn and Dust’), so naturally we wanted to get into their brains so they would tell us about their musical upbringing. In case you’ve been living under a rock, last week we ran a two-part interview with Oisin Leech of the duo, which you can catch up reading here and here. However, the epically bearded half of the trio Mark McCausland wanted in on this too, having kindly answered our TGTF Quickfire Questions. He tells us about his first and sadly ill-fated love, and the fond memories of a song that he and Leech cover at live shows. Read on…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Sitting on my grandfather’s knee and him singing hundreds of Irish songs, blowing a harmonica that he kept on a string around his neck.

What was your favourite song as a child?
My mother and my uncle used to sing ‘Dream Dream Dream’ by the Everly Brothers. It’s probably the first song I ever knew how to sing. We cover it now at Lost Brothers shows.

What song makes you laugh?
Garth Hudson’s organ solo in ‘Apple Suckling Tree’ on the Basement Tapes (Bob Dylan) is pure joy and always conjures [up] a smile.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw6lKOi6MQc[/youtube]

What song makes you cry?
‘I’m So Lonesome I Could cry’, Hank Williams.

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.)
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, the Righteous Brothers.

It’s the first song I ever danced to with a girl. I was a squirt, weighing in at 12 years and 4 feet. She was 4 years older than me and mountains taller.

It didn’t last.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘What a Wonderful World’. [It’s probably not what you’re supposed to think when you hear this song, but I can’t help but be wistful about the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy BBC miniseries. – Ed.]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2VCwBzGdPM[/youtube]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
For books…John Fante. Willy Vlautin. John Steinbeck. William Kennedy. And Nick Cave’s two novels are brilliant.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’m pretty much unemployable.

Cheers to Mark for answering our questions and also to Terry, who arranged for all of these Lost Brothers interview bits for us.

 

Quickfire Questions #78: Lewis Watson

 
By on Wednesday, 12th November 2014 at 11:00 am
 

Oxford-born singer/songwriter Lewis Watson has gathered over 100,000 likes on Facebook and his music has been streamed over 5 million times on Spotify. Not bad for a 22-year-old who has never had a guitar lesson. Lewis took some time out from his current American tour to answer our Quickfire Questions. (Also, if you’re keen, you can also read the accompanying interview Lewis did with us last week here.)

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Probably ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson. We loved that song as kids.

What was your favourite song as a child?
It’d have to be ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson (again). We’d listen to it hundreds of times a day if we could.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA[/youtube]

What song makes you laugh?
There’s a song by a fella called DJ Syntax called ‘Middle Class Problems’ which always gets a smile on my face. Great beat and chords too.

What song makes you cry?
I rarely cry at music. I rarely cry at anything to be honest… but there was a song that Passenger performed when I saw him a few years ago called ‘Travelling Alone’ and it was beautiful. Definitely put a lump in my throat!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD5bo3L8em0[/youtube]

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…?
Probably the second Bombay Bicycle Club record ‘Flaws’, it had just come out and I listened to it non-stop during that summer. Puts me there every time.

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.)
I always listen to the first Slipknot album when I’m angry. I’ve always been a fan and the anger in that record makes me realise that it’s really not that bad (I also air drum the anger away). When I’m upset, I’ll listen to ‘Re: Stacks’ by Bon Iver. It gets me every time.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
It’d have to be ‘Re: Stacks’ by Bon Iver (again, sorry…). That is a perfect song in my eyes and I’d hang up my boots if I’d written it.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhDnyPsQsB0[/youtube]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.) 
Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie). His lyrics are always so vivid and gorgeous. Pair that with his beautifully lazy melodies and I’m incredibly jealous!

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I can honestly say that I have no idea… I’ve never been an ambitious person until this happened and I couldn’t think about doing anything else… at least right now!

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.)
Probably ‘Parachutes’ by Coldplay. Probably not the coolest choice, but it’s such a beautiful album with songs that match any mood.

Many thanks to Lewis for answering the questions and thank you to Julia for sorting this out for us.

 

Quickfire Questions #77: Chris Cain of We Are Scientists

 
By on Monday, 29th September 2014 at 11:00 am
 

I honestly never thought it would happen but Chris Cain, bass player for American duo We Are Scientists, has answered our Quickfire Questions. I just figured he’d always be too busy to answer them. But he has! And you can read his answers below.

Stay tuned, as we’re running a q&a with the man tomorrow morning. What a great closer to the month that will be. (I know, hold yourself back. You can’t wait, can you?)

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Def Leppard’s ‘Love Bites’.

What was your favourite song as a child?
My dad was really into Foreigner. I remember loving ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’ long before I was a member of the target demographic.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Manhole Inspector’, from the “Tex Hooper” sketch on Norm MacDonald’s magnificent sketch comedy album ‘Ridiculous’.

What song makes you cry?
‘Beautiful Child’, Fleetwood Mac.

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.)
‘Self Esteem’, The Offspring. It was that kinda first love.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Abrn8aVQ76Q[/youtube]

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.)
I’ve never been one of these dudes (or dudettes) who, when mad, jump around red-faced in their bedrooms listening to heavy metal. I am, though, the type who likes a good wallow. When I’m feeling low, I like to get even lower. ‘The Blue Moods of Spain’ by Spain, or ‘Devotion & Doubt’ by Richard Buckner, always do the trick.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Ann Don’t Cry’, Pavement.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQEaSTBg3g0[/youtube]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
All time, James Salter. Recently, Ben Lerner.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Advertising, probably. Maybe a forest ranger, if I’d had any kind of balls.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
This becomes a question of which album you think will be least diminished by awful repetition. Maybe Glenn Gould’s Goldberg Variations, the 1955 recording.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGY9tHHM63Q[/youtube]

Thanks to Chris for answering these and thank you to Stephanie for sorting this for us.

 

Quickfire Questions #76: Max McElligott of Wolf Gang

 
By on Monday, 22nd September 2014 at 11:00 am
 

Wolf Gang are currently in the midst of an American co-headlining tour with Los Angeles indie electro pop soulsters Sir Sly. Despite being busy with performing and all that travelling around this too darn massive country of ours, frontman Max McElligott was kind enough to answer our TGTF Quickfire Questions. And away we go…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Mike Oldfield – ‘Moonlight Shadow’.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Grateful Dead – ‘Casey Jones’.

What song makes you laugh?
Haddaway – ‘What is Love’.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRVfysTXhNA[/youtube]

What song makes you cry?
Adele – ‘Someone Like You’.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il-NdjTtUAI[/youtube]

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.)
Granddaddy – ‘AM 180’

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.)
Brian Eno – ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’. Calms me down.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Queen – ‘Under Pressure’.

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

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
A chef. [Wow. So I should be asking Max for cooking lessons? – Ed.]

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be?
Talking Heads – ‘Remain in Light’.

To watch Wolf Gang‘s latest video for ‘Lay Your Love Down’, head this way. Cheers Max for answering these and thank you to Lisa for sorting this for us.

 

Quickfire Questions #75: Alec and Becca King of This Boy That Girl

 
By on Tuesday, 26th August 2014 at 11:00 am
 

This Boy That Girl are a brother / sister, pop / hip hop duo from Los Angeles that recently came to our attention. While they may still be very young, they’re already showing their professional chops, having been chosen to support Aaron Carter on his current, major North American tour. Between performing, travelling and whatever else the siblings have on their plate at the moment, we asked them if they could answer our Quickfire Questions, and they kindly obliged. Have a read of their answers below.

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Becca: ‘Baby Girl’ by Sugarland.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Becca: The Coyote Ugly soundtrack.
Alec: “Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey.

What song makes you laugh?
Becca: ‘Lazy Song’ by Bruno Mars’

What song makes you cry?
Becca: It’s always different depending on what I’m going through. The last song that made me cry was ‘The Middle’ by Jimmy Eat World.

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…?
Becca: I’ll let you know when it happens.
Alec: ‘First Time’ by Lifehouse.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0YvWQNWEJA[/youtube]

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.)
Becca: ‘Skyscraper’ by Demi Lovato.
Alec: ‘Like I Can’ – Sam Smith.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Becca: ‘Happy Birthday’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Becca: Diane Warren.
Alec: Ryan Tedder.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Becca: When I was younger I wanted to be an orthodontist. Haha.
Alec: Sports analyst, I love sports.

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.)
Becca: ‘Symphony Soldier’ by The Cab.
Alec: ‘Breaking Bad’ by This Boy That Girl.

Many thanks to Becca and Alec for answering these, and also to Jade and Rachel for sorting this out for us.

 

Quickfire Questions #74: Daniel Pearson

 
By on Wednesday, 9th April 2014 at 1:00 pm
 

Indie English singer/songwriter Daniel Pearson is busy preparing for the upcoming release of his EP ‘Escape Acts’ on the 14th of April and a scheduled performance at Live at Leeds on the 3rd of May. He took the time to answer our Quickfire Questions as part of an e-mail interview, which you can read here.

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Oh man, Phil Collins, I think. My parents liked him and I remember that. My first record was actually ‘TURTLE POWER’ from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. I must’ve been 8 or something. I’ve still got it on vinyl somewhere, and yep, I’m proud of it!

What song makes you laugh?
A lot of Eminem’s stuff makes me laugh out loud. He gets away with some crazy things about celebrities.

What song makes you cry?
‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys. It’s perfect.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOMyS78o5YI[/youtube]

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.)
When I had my very first girlfriend, she used to love Blur and I used to love Oasis so we’d listen to their albums and argue over who was better. And then make out. So anything from ‘Parklife’ or ‘What’s The Story (Morning Glory)’ reminds me of that.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born To Run’. It’s brilliant, and distills everything that’s great about rock n’ roll into 4 minutes. You hear that at a show, and you realize what being alive is all about. [I think I could only love this answer more if he’d chosen ‘Thunder Road’. -C.C.]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxuThNgl3YA[/youtube]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I couldn’t choose just one! Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain and Ryan Adams would be high on the list. So would a lot of writers, screenwriters and poets. I think we should celebrate creativity and imagination more, ‘cos it’s dying out in the mainstream.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be an English teacher. I was one. I love books and performing and doing good things for people, so it’s a good fit. The idealist in me loved it, but the reality is very different and very misunderstood. Aside from that, playing for my beloved Everton FC would be a dream occupation!

Special thanks to Daniel for taking the time to answer our questions and also thank you to Jamie for helping sort this out for us.

 
 
 

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