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(10 for 2014!) Quickfire Questions #62: Luke Smith of China Rats

 
By on Monday, 16th December 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Leeds punk rockers China Rats landed at the #2 position on this year’s 10 for 2014 list. Naturally, we wanted one of them to answer the TGTF Quickfire Questions and Luke Smith, lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the group, stepped up to the plate.

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Seeing Oasis on the telly.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Smooth Criminal’ – Michael Jackson

What song makes you laugh?
‘Don’t Go Home With Your Hard On’ – Leonard Cohen

What song makes you cry?
‘Oh Sister’ – Bob Dylan

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.)
‘Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts’ – Arctic Monkeys

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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.)
‘Gimme Some Truth’ – John Lennon

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?

‘Comfortably Numb’ – Pink Floyd

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

Leonard Cohen

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Working in an amusement park.

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.)
‘Dark Side of the Moon’ would sound good in Heaven.

Thanks Luke for answering our questions!

 

(10 for 2014!) Quickfire Questions #61: Will Taylor of Flyte

 
By on Friday, 13th December 2013 at 1:00 pm
 

Hackney guitar pop band Flyte landed at #5 on our 10 for 2014 list this year, and we used this opportunity to send forth our TGTF Quickfire Questions to the up and coming band. Lead vocalist and guitarist Will Taylor kindly provided his answers, and read on to find what was the first song he ever wrote, which Smiths song makes him laugh and what album he reckons is the best album to let off steam to.

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Help’ – The Beatles. My Mum would get cross with me for how often I’d play that song. We had it on tape in the car.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘If You Could Read My Mind’- Gordon Lightfoot. I wrote my own version of that song, it was sort of the first I ever wrote. I was 8.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others’ – The Smiths. Johnny Marr had recorded this wonderful piece of music, and Morrissey put these really throwaway, hilarious lyrics over the top. Apparently, Marr was annoyed.

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What song makes you cry?
‘Into The Mystic’ – Van Morrison

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.)
‘Seeing Other People’ – Belle and Sebastian. I was 14 and confused.

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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.)
‘Search And Destroy’ – Iggy and The Stooges. ‘Raw Power’, in general, is a fantastic album to let off steam to.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Graceland’Paul Simon

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Paul Simon / Woody Allen

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
If I wasn’t doing music, I would be aspiring to write and direct feature films.

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.)
‘Innervisions’ – Stevie Wonder

Thank you Will for answering our questions!

 

(10 for 2014!) Quickfire Questions #60: Tommy Wright of Young Kato

 
By on Thursday, 12th December 2013 at 1:00 pm
 

#7 on this year’s TGTF 10 for 2014 reader’s poll was young band from Cheltenham Young Kato. Yesterday, we posted this q&a I did with lead singer and master of hair Tommy Wright. Today, we’ve got his answers to the TGTF Quickfire Questions. Ah yes, we take a stroll down memory lane with Tommy, back to the days of early Busted, as well as a sob-filled scene in 1998. I’ve gotten you hooked, haven’t I? Read on…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I have a ridiculous memory and can still remember myself at about 4-year old playing a toy guitar in front of the whole class. I didn’t play any actual chords, I just strummed along and sung ‘In the Summertime’ by I think Mungo Jerry? Weird child, I know… [Not at all, Tommy. If you’re going to remember a song, make it a classic – Ed.]

What was your favourite song as a child?
As I’ve grown up my musical taste has changed dramatically so can’t really say what my favourite song was, but I know I was at the perfect age when Busted released their debut album, haha!

What song makes you laugh?
Colt 45 – ‘Afroman’

What song makes you cry?
Aqua – ‘Turn Back Time’. I vividly remember the video montage after England got knocked out of the ’98 World Cup – I cried my eyes out.

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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.)
There are at least 2 songs on our album that I’ve written specifically with my girlfriend in mind. We’ve been together for nearly 3 years and she’s been at pretty much every gig, in front of nine people and 9,000.

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.)
Most likely the one in the previous answer if it all goes wrong. I’m confident it won’t, though.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?

‘Imagine’ – John Lennon.

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

I’d have to go with Morrissey and Marr as a combination.

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

In 2011, I had my place booked at university, I even had my accommodation. I was off to study Film and Television and had a real passion for it. However after a week at Reading Festival, I knew I had to take at least one year out to pursue music.

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.)
U2 – ‘The Joshua Tree’ because it is my favorite album of all time.

 

(10 for 2014!) Quickfire Questions #59: Eleanor Rudge of The Hundredth Anniversary

 
By on Wednesday, 4th December 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Brighton’s The Hundredth Anniversary placed at #10 on our 10 for 2014 list. Guitarist Eleanor Rudge from the band was so kind to answer our TGTF Quickfire Questions. What song did she and her best friend choreograph an entire routine when she was small? What album would she be chilling in Heaven with God? Read on…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I think probably something from the Beatles‘ ‘Live at the BBC’ tape that we used to play in the car all the time, I loved it.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Boom Boom’ by The Animals stands out as a particular favourite. Me and my best friend choreographed a pretty brilliant routine to it one afternoon in my front room, only our lucky Mums got to see the outcome.

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What song makes you laugh?
Probably the same song, thinking about our amazing routine.

What song makes you cry?
‘When the Ship Comes In’ – Bob Dylan.

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 Velvet Underground

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.)
The only music that I associate directly with feeling angry is music that I hear that has been made cynically. It’s the opposite to how I feel about music.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
There are plenty, but one that springs to mind is ‘Lamb’ by Lower Dens, the melody is amazing.

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Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Marjane Satrapi makes my heart feel soft.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Building real things.

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.)
I think I’d be too surprised at the existence of a God to decide on my favourite album. But saying I managed to get over that I’d ask for ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon. Me and God would have a great time listening to that.

 

Quickfire Questions #58: Paul Donoghue of Glasvegas

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Scottish band Glasvegas are on tour in Europe right now, supporting their latest album ‘Later…When The TV Turns To Static’, released in September. We were lucky enough to pin down their bassist Paul Donoghue to answer our Quickfire Questions. He tells us about a song his gran sang to him when he was small (aww) and readily admits to being a real man who does not cry (double aww). Paul gives a tip to all bands in the form of the soothing power of reggae. He even comes up with an album that God might like. This might possibly be the most thoughtful set of answers to the TGTF Quickfire Questions we’ll ever receive. Read on…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My mum playing ‘A Boy Named Sue’ by Johnny Cash to me in the car when I was about eight. I remember it was one of the funniest songs I had ever heard, although I didn’t listen to him again until I was around 18.

What was your favourite song as a child?
here is a song my gran used to sing, well, it’s more of a poem. It goes:

Eerie orie oot,
A tolie in the cloot,
I went to wash the dishes,
But the tolie fell oot.

I still remember laughing when she explained what it actually meant. I’ll leave it up to everyone’s imaginations as to what a “tolie” and a “cloot” is.

What song makes you laugh?
Almost anything. I have a sense of humour that is very dark and borders on macabre. Being on tour is lots of fun too, the last thing I laughed at on tour was when our merch guy asked for a pepperoni pizza and received a pizza which was “peppers only”. From carnivore to herbivore in one quick misinterpretation.

What song makes you cry?
The last song that almost made me cry (I’m a real man who doesn’t shed tears!) was ‘Chelsea Hotel #2′ by Leonard Cohen. It is a hauntingly beautiful track and stirred a lot of emotions I didn’t think it would.

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.)
I remember when Rab, James and I first started hanging about together. We went to see Oasis in Glasgow, and when we were all together listening to ‘Champagne Supernova’, I knew this was two of the great loves of my life. Apart from my wife, I have never been as close to anyone as I am to they two, and Jonna now 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.)
Any Bob Marley song will calm me down almost immediately. A good tip for any band who come offstage angry about their show, put Bob Marley on and see your anger dissipate.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Slow Burn’ by David Bowie. It’s such a simple song but so effective. The lyrics are amazing too, especially “there’s a price on our eyes, so squeeze them tight like a fist”.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I’m a big nerd so Terry Pratchett is probably my favourite writer. I have read every Discworld book, it took me about 2 years. Also Jo Nesbo from Norway, the greatest detective writer of recent times. My favourite songwriter is John Lennon, no one can hold a candle to his songs.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I am a fully qualified, although not very good, tiler. I would probably still be doing that just now if I hadn’t been sacked for being a cowboy.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
That’s a great question. I’d try and bring something God would like. Maybe ‘Raw Power’ by Iggy and the Stooges. I think he’d dig that, and heaven would be a better place for having a bit of Iggy in its ears. Different certainly, but better.

Massive thanks to Paul for taking time out of his busy tour schedule to answer our questions and Paul for sorting this out for us. Back in the UK, the band will perform at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on the 22nd of December.

 

Quickfire Questions #57: Mikhael Paskalev

 
By on Thursday, 21st November 2013 at 11:00 am
 

I caught Norwegian / Bulgarian singer/songwriter Mikhael Paskalev at this year’s SXSW, performing at Communion’s Wednesday night showcase on Maggie Mae’s Rooftop. I was impressed by he and his band’s energy, playing to a crowd that likely had no idea who he was. But admirably, they brought a party atmosphere with a happy, peppy sound not wholly unlike Of Monsters and Men. He’s currently in the UK playing some dates with Half Moon Run and a headline date tomorrow night at Manchester Albert Hall; all the details are here.

Paskalev just released an EP in the UK this week, ‘I Spy’, whose title track has already garnered over 1 million hits on YouTube already. (Not kidding. Watch it and his Risky Business-esque pants-wearing dancing antics here.) While clearly beloved by the Nordics, he’s just getting started in Britain, so we thought it was great timing to ask him our Quickfire Questions. Take it away, Mikhael…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Minnie Ripperton – ‘Loving You’.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Bart Simpson – ‘Deep Deep Trouble’.

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What song makes you laugh?
‘Speak the Hungarian Rapper’ on YouTube.

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What song makes you cry?
‘Speak the Hungarian Rapper’. [Still have no idea what the heck this is – Ed.]

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.)
I was 13, sat in the backseat of her mum’s car, leant in for a smooch as ‘Lemon Tree’ by Fool’s Garden was playing and her mum’s eyes tried to kill me.

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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.)
John Lennon – ‘Jealous Guy’.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Glen Cmmpbell – ‘Wichita Lineman’. Or Darondo – ‘Didn’t I’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
If I had to pick one, it would be someone like Paul Simon. Or maybe even Tarantino.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Copper or a crook.

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.)
I’d bring Fleetwood Mac – ‘Tusk’. Wild production, Cool songs, pretty varied and ‘The Ledge’ is almost worth it on its own.

Many thanks to Mikhael for answering our questions and cheers to Ellie for sorting this for us.

 
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