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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #91: The Gooch Palms

 
By on Thursday, 12th March 2015 at 1:00 pm
 

Less than a week 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 at #12 of these, and today we’ve got two of the wildest people coming out of Newcastle (that’s Newcastle, Australia, not Newcastle, England) to play for us in Austin, Leroy and Kat of the Gooch Palms, who were included in part 1 of our Australian artists performing at SXSW roundup. As proper Aussies, they’ll be bringing a food staple from down under in their cases, plus they tell us about how Kris Kross and Bryan Adams provided some comic relief in their young lives.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
We’ve never been to Austin, so we’re excited about being in town for the week. Everyone always says how great it is so we’re really just looking forward to hanging out and playing our shows.

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?
We’d love to see The Zombies. We’re big fans and would love to catch them while we’re in town.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Vegemite. We have 3 travel tubes of the stuff, kinda like toothpaste tubes but full of that awesome black goodness! Aussies can’t handle being away from vegemite for too long.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Jameson on the rocks. For our vocal chords of course 😉

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
We haven’t really heard that much about it. Being from Australia we don’t personally know many people that have played it before but we’re really looking forward to it. We love playing so we’ll just do our thang and hopefully people dig it!

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Leroy: Wanting to dress like Kris Kross. I thought they were really cool so I wore all my clothes backwards for a weekend until I couldn’t handle everyone laughing at me anymore.
Kat: Sitting in my baby seat in the car and singing along to the radio at around 2 years of age. I thought the people in the passing cars would think I was a grown up because I was up high up in my seat and was singing loudly!

What was your favourite song as a child?
Leroy: ‘500 Miles’ – The Proclaimers.
Kat: ‘Psycho Killer’ – Talking Heads.

What song makes you laugh?
Leroy: ‘Another One Rides The Bus’ – Weird Al Yankovic.
Kat: ‘Motherlover’ – Lonely Island (feat. Justin Timberlake).

What song makes you cry?
Leroy: We’re too tough to cry.
Kat: Agreed.

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.)
Leroy: ‘Fuck Yeah’ – SPOD. I remember bonding with Kat over this song when we first started dating up at her house.
Kat: Radiohead were playing at a party when I first met my first love, so anything by Radiohead reminds me of that time. Sorry Leroy!!! Haha. He hates Radiohead too.

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.)
Leroy: ‘Sure Know Something’ – KISS. I always put KISS on if I need to unwind after a rough day.
Kat: ‘Everything I Do’ – Bryan Adams. Me and my ex were having a huge fight (probably right before we broke up) and he screamed “everything I do, I do it for you”. I just started laughing and when he realized what he’d said he started laughing too and the fight was instantly over.

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Leroy: ‘Crying’ – Roy Orbison.
Kat: ‘Purple Rain’ – Prince.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Leroy: Dee Dee Ramone (song writer).
Kat: I’ll say Dee Dee Ramone too. WE LOVE THE RAMONES!!!

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Leroy: Probably digging a ditch somewhere.
Kat: I’d be an unfulfilled graphic designer.

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.)
We’re not religious but we both thought the idea of heaven was that you can do anything you like all the time! So we can’t imagine God saying you could only bring ONE album!!!! Not cool, God. But if we could only listen to one album for eternity we would choose…
Leroy: KISS – ‘Destroyer’.
Kat: I can’t choose. I get bored too easy. Can I bring a radio instead?

Thanks to Leroy and Kat for being such cool cats and answering our questions, and cheers to Brid for sorting this out for us. If you’re in Austin, catch the band at the Aussie BBQ on Friday the 20th of March at 1:30 at the West Tent in Brush Square Park, among other appearances during the week.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #90: James Graham of The Twilight Sad

 
By on Wednesday, 11th March 2015 at 1:00 pm
 

Header photo of James Graham by Mary Chang, Discovering Scotland showcase at Latitude 30, SXSW 2012

Just a week off now and it’s time for 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.

Today’s installment is the 11th, and this time we chat with James Graham of The Twilight Sad, who are SXSW veterans, having represented Scotland swimmingly in quite a few showcases in the past. You might be surprised just how keen James is with football, in addition to which ’90s boyband stirs up some deep feelings and just which legendary Swedish band gets his toes tapping. Get stuck into James’ thoughtful answers below.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
We’ve got a lot of friends in Austin so I’m looking forward to hanging out with them. The food in Austin is pretty phenomenal so I’m looking forward to some BBQ and some top quality Mexican food. SXSW is at the end of our North American tour and a lot of Scottish friends come over to Austin for the Scottish Showcase at so it’ll be good to see some friends from back home as well. The last time we were in town on tour we organised a game of football with some friends of our tour manager Chris who lives in Austin. I am hoping we can do that again.

What I’m looking forward to the most is the gigs though. It’s hectic at SXSW and you don’t get a proper soundcheck at most gigs. Part of me kind of likes that, you turn up you play and do your best to make an impression on people for that short amount of time you have on stage.

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?
I’d like to see Tom Brousseau, he released some albums on FatCat Records and we played a few gigs with him. He’s a really nice guy and his music is great so it would be good to catch up with him. I’d also like to see Mew as I’ve not seen them live in a long time so that would be cool. Andy (MacFarlane, the Twilight Sad’s guitarist) recommended Girl Band to me so I’m going to try and see them. Apart from that I’m going to drunkenly wander about the streets of Austin and see what I can find.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Football boots and shin guards. So I can play when I’m away. Apart from that its a pretty normal suitcase to be honest, Clothes and comics to read when I’m in the van. I always buy some hot sauce at the start of a tour and put it in my case because I try to eat healthily when I’m away and that always improves the blandness of some things I eat, though I treat myself to pizza once or twice a week.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
We all drink different things in the band.
Me = Vodka and lemonade or wine
Johnny = Absinthe
Andy = Voddy soda as he calls it (vodka and soda water)
Brendan = gin and tonic
Mark = Pint of Guinness

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
I’d say enjoy it and take in the city as Austin is a really cool city. Make sure you make the most of the gigs you have as you never know who’s going to be in the crowd. The food and drink in Austin is really good, as I mentioned previously. The main thing to do is to make sure you take it all in but remember why you are there. There are a lot of bands that would love to be given the opportunity to play SXSW so make that 30-40mins you have on stage at each gig count. Try and fit in as much stuff over the four or five days you are there, speak to people because you never know who you could be talking to and how they could help out your band in some way.

Let’s go on now to our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My sister listening to ‘Definitely Maybe’ by Oasis in her bedroom and I could hear it through the walls into my room.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Everyday’ by Buddy Holly (still is one of my favourite songs).

What song makes you laugh?
Diamond Lights by Chris Waddle & Glen Hoddle.

What song makes you cry?
I don’t cry; I don’t have tear ducts.

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.) [Something tells me we’re about the same age…ha! – Ed.]
‘I Want it That Way’ by The Backstreet Boys.

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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 Want it That Way’ by The Backstreet Boys.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘The Winner Takes it All’ – Abba.

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

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I was an apprentice electrical engineer before the band got its record deal.

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.)
Abba – ‘Gold’. Because it has ALL the hits.

Many thanks to James for his kind answering of our questions and Ash for sorting this out for us.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #89: Lenka

 
By on Tuesday, 10th March 2015 at 1:30 pm
 

Just a week off now and it’s time for 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 at number 10 of this ongoing series ahead of the goings-on in Austin, and today we’re having a chat with Australian pop singer Lenka, who I featured as part of the second part of our preview of the Aussie bands coming over for SXSW. (Part 1 is here.) She appears to be a keen crafter, as she’s bringing along some song-appropriate props to Texas with her and admits what she might be doing if she wasn’t singing, as well as admit what X-Ray Specs song makes her “feel something triumphantly rude”. Interest piqued? Read on…

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Presenting new music, meeting people and eating BBQ.

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?
Marina and the Diamonds! She’s rad, I’d love to see her show.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Homemade cardboard clouds. Why? You’ll have to see the show! [Intriguing… -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?
I’d like a Hendrick’s and tonic with cucumber please.

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Pace yourself, look after yourself. Don’t get trashed on the first night. (Wait till the last night.)

Now to our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Walking on Sunshine’ by Katrina and The Waves. It made me happy. 🙂

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What was your favourite song as a child?
See above. Also, ‘Inchworm’ from Hans Christian Andersen.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Bam Bam’ by Sister Nancy. Because my little boy thinks it’s “Bum bum dinner”.

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What song makes you cry?
‘All I Want Is You’ by U2. Lots of songs by Bonnie Prince Billy.

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.)
Metronomic Underground by Stereolab reminds me vividly of falling in love in a grimy hotel room in Sydney circa 1999.

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 don’t know if it’s anger, but the song ‘Germ-Free Adolescents’ by X-Ray Specs makes me feel
something triumphantly rude.

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Oh my god, so many. ‘Oxygen’ by Will Mason, ‘Royals’ by Lorde, ‘The Ship Song’ by Nick Cave, ‘Come Together’ by The Beatles. To name but a few…

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Tom Robbins I think. I love the sneaky spiritual philosophy that comes through the silliness.
If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Crafting probably. Making expensive baby clothes and pottery that no one wants…hahaha.

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.)
‘Abbey Road’ by The Beatles. Good tunes and good memories from throughout my life.

Massive thanks to Lenka for answering our questions and Nina for facilitating. If you’re in Austin for the festivities next week, you can catch Lenka alongside her countrymen and women at the Aussie BBQ on Friday the 20th of March at 4 PM at the West Tent of Brush Square Park. She will also appear at the ASCAP showcase at the Driskill’s Victoria Room that Friday night as well.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #88: Amanda Bergman of Amason

 
By on Wednesday, 4th March 2015 at 1:00 pm
 

Not long now before 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.

Number 9, number 9, number 9… (You heard that sounding like on the Beatles’ ‘White Album’, yeah?) Number 9 on our SXSW 2015-flavoured Quickfire Questions hit parade is Swedish supergroup Amason‘s frontwoman Amanda Bergman, who is a solo musician in her own right. Amanda gives her take on what SXSW must look like to aliens, while also telling us if it hadn’t been for music, why you might be bringing your moose round to see her. Your interest is sufficiently piqued now, isn’t it? Read on…

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Simply to play as many shows as possible, humbly hoping that most of them will be good ones!

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?
To be fully honest I haven’t really looked in to this matter yet… Also, I like being spontaneous with concerts. I do not necessarily like to listen to my favorite music live as much as I can enjoy any type of show simply as a part of a good day. So I’ll just go to as many shows as I stumble upon, I suppose!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I always bring dried raspberry leaves which might seem odd when I think about it. But it’s very useful on tour. Other than that – nothing unusual. Normally it’s just a tangle of bad decision making, my bags.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
That would be whiskey, always.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve heard a lot about the festival! I’m sure it will be super fun and I’m excited to go there, for sure. I’m guessing it’ll be somewhat chaotic but I suppose that’s just natural when you throw that many people in to one city for that much beer and music. It’d probably look stupid to aliens.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Probably ‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers…

What song makes you laugh?
‘Time To Bum Again’ by Waylon Jennings.

What song makes you cry?
The later version of ‘Both Sides Now’ by Joni Mitchell.

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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.)
‘Spirit On The Water’ by Bob Dylan.

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’m realizing I don’t have a song for that.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Rosanna’ by Toto.

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Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I like Richard Bach for books and Bob Dylan for lyrics.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be a veterinarian of some sort. I’d be specialized in horses and cows and moose.

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.)
‘Apollo’ – Brian Eno, no doubt.

Thanks very much to Amanda for answering our questions and also to Carina, who helped sort this out for us.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #87: Leon Stanford of The People the Poet

 
By on Monday, 2nd March 2015 at 1:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: I posted Leon’s surname as Spansword in the initial posting of this article, using the name on his Twitter account for direction. Whoops. Be forewarned, rock stars: if you want people to know who you are, use your real name!

Not long now before 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 at the eighth installment ahead of the big event happening in just 2 weeks, and today we’re chatting with Leon Stanford, lead singer of South Wales band The People The Poet this morning who on physical appearance alone looks to give Huw Stephens a run for his money in the cuddliness stakes. What anthemic song in the last 10 years does Leon wish he’d written? Have a read for that, why we probably shouldn’t ply him (too much anyway) with drinks in Texas and much more below.

Keen on learning more about The People the Poet ahead of their appearance at Latitude 30 at the Music Wales showcase Tuesday night in Austin? Read my band profile on them that posted here on TGTF last week through this link.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Being a band who are not really about looks, we mainly get excited about the same thing wherever we go and that’s getting fat and enjoying the local food and drink.

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?
I’d have to say Catfish and the Bottlemen who we’re lucky to be playing the same showcase as! They’re an exciting young Welsh band who are quickly becoming future headliners for all the big festivals.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Like every other diabetic rockstar I shall be carrying some insulin pens (the hard drugs) to keep me alive throughout the week of drinking, food and music.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I do like a milkshake being a bit of a shit diabetic so a white Russian or Baileys will do fine.

Also a surprise is always nice, as long as your idea of a surprise drink is not spiking it.

And now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Probably something like singing Joe Cocker’s version of ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ in primary school assembly. Oasis – ‘Wonderwall’, The Beatles – ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘Praise Hosanna’ were my school’s idea of a good selection of morning hymns.

What was your favourite song as a child?
I always liked a bit of Tom Jones – ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’. Those 8-year old birthday parties would go mental when a bit of Tom came on, clothes would be flying everywhere but not a single party hat in sight.

What song makes you laugh? / What song makes you cry?
‘Short People’ by Randy Newman. He has a way of making you laugh and then the next minute he writes a song like ‘Losing You’ and that’s all you do is cry.

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
I wish I’d written ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay ever since watching him (Chris Martin) throw a light around the stage to it whilst headlining Glastonbury. It’s such a beautifully written song.

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Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Adam Duritz from Counting Crows is probably my all time favourite writer. His melodies and lyrics are incredible. [Read Carrie’s interview with Duritz from last year here. – Ed.]

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
It seems quite easy to get a job as a manger for Cardiff City Football Club, so I would love the opportunity to show up Russel Slade (current manager) with my managing skills that I learnt from Club Manager 2007 (PC game). I had them promoted 2 years in a row to get them to the Premier League.

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.)
AC/DC – ‘Highway to Hell’.

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Many thanks Leon for answering our questions and thank you also to Tyla for facilitating.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #86: Orla Gartland

 
By on Friday, 27th February 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Not long now before 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 at lucky number 7 of these ahead of the big dance next month, and this morning our interviewee is the lovely Irish singer/songwriter Orla Gartland, whose self-described “wacky guitar pop” will be on show on her first American headline tour scheduled around her Austin appearances. She just released her EP ‘Lonely People’ in January and sold out nearly all of her UK tour in February, so I imagine she’s raring to go with playing live in the States. Read on to find out what about SXSW she’s most excited about, which fellow Dublin act has a song that makes her cry every time (hint: they’re friends of TGTF) and much more.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I’ve heard gooood things about the food, so probably stuffing my face, playing my own set with my band and then going to see tons and tons of other shows!

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?
Absolutely! Laura Marling has always been a QUEEN for me, she’s one of the first people who inspired me to pick up a guitar so I’m buzzing to see her play. I’ll also be going to see SOAK, Marina and the Diamonds, The People the Poet, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Shura and Jack Garratt!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Sun lotion, LOL. Seriously though, my skin’s so pale it’s borderline transparent – I’m gonna need to BATHE in that stuff and hit some some seriously shaded spots whilst there. I’ll also be bringing along my tiny Casio keyboard which is a must-have for long journeys jam sessions.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
YAY! I’ll take you up on that (even though I keep forgetting I’m not old enough to drink over in the US yet, LOL). I’m a cider girl at heart but I’m partial to a good G & T, too. I’m also a fan of horrendously fruity flowery sugary cocktails.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve heard there’s an absolute EXPLOSION of music in Austin throughout the festival, which apparently makes the whole place come alive; it sounds like a total dream. I’m excited because my lovely band are flying over to play with me, and it’s out first ever show in the States together which is awesome. And scared? Naw. I think I’m too excited to be scared!

And now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Close to You’ by The Carpenters was always on in our house. I still love it, what a tune!

What was your favourite song as a child?
Apparently as a young’un I would always scream in the car for someone to put on a Fleetwood Mac song, which is pretty funny because years later I rediscovered Fleetwood and completely fell in love with them again. I was (and still am) a huge fan of their song ‘The Chain’.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Tribute’ by Tenacious D, of course.

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What song makes you cry?
‘All I Want’ by Kodaline. “If you loved me, why’d ya leave me” – AH. MY HEART.

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.)
‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds. He sings the song just completely and utterly in awe of the person he’s in love with, it’s awesome.

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.)
It’s pretty comical but anytime I’m in any kind of confrontational situation ‘Final Countdown’ plays on loop in my head – it makes it pretty hard to keep a straight face.

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Chandelier’ by Sia is amazing, so maybe that – it has one of my favourite pop choruses ever!

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
It’s forever changing but my favourite songwriter at the moment is Regina Spektor. Her approach to lyrics is so charming – they’re the perfect blend of literal and metaphorical!

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d love to be a graphic designer, it’s still what I’d study at uni if I ever go! I’m forever doodling and geeking out over fonts and layouts, so I’d love to be designing posters and logos.

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.)
THIS IS SO HARD, GAH. I’ll have to go with ‘Blue’ by Joni Mitchell. I’d happily drown in her voice whilst I drift around on clouds or whatever goes on up there.

Cheers Orla for answering our questions and thank you also to Zoe for making this happen.

 
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