(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #73: Owen Lloyd of Longfellow

By on Monday, 10th March 2014 at 11:00 am
 

TGTF are now in Austin! The music portion of SXSW 2014 goes into full swing tomorrow. We’ve been 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 would tell us what they really think of the event. Here we are, in the tenth of these, and I’m really pleased to be bringing you the Quickfire answers from singer and frontman Owen Lloyd of up and coming band Longfellow.

The Londoners will be releasing their second single ‘Kiss-Hug-Makeup’ with one of our favourite indie labels, Fierce Panda, on the 19th of May. This are exciting times for the group, who will be appearing at a very special BBC Introducing night compered by who else by the legend that is Steve Lamacq on Thursday evening (the 13th of March) here in Austin. Catch the broadcast live on 6music; more details will be here. But until then, whet your appetite with words from the ‘Siamese Lover’ singer…

SXSW-related questions:
What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I just can’t wait to play the BBC Introducing show at Latitude 30 on the 13th; we’ve had an unbelievable show of support from the BBC the last few months and it feels like the perfect opportunity to do them proud. Also, it’s a terrible cliché but I’ve promised my sister some cowboy boots… I think Texan shopping is going to be one hell of an adventure. [Head south of the river to Allen Boots on South Congress – Ed.]

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
The Crookes, I’m yet to have seen them but I’ve fallen in love with their new album after being introduced to it by our manager Simon (label boss at Fierce Panda Records). I think we’re lucky enough to be playing with Katie Herzig at some point too; she’s a songwriter who I’ve been dying to see for a while now.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I’m trying to to finish off a degree at the University of Westminster whilst all this SXSW madness is going on so I’ll be taking a hoard of books on Autism and Music Therapy. There’s a real disparity between the thoroughly studious Owen and the one who’s fronting the band at the moment, I’m kind of enjoying it.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Now that depends on whether it’s before or after we’ve played a show… Before I’d probably be unenticingly boring and go for a lime and soda. Afterwards, the sky’s the limit, you choose…

(For bands who are SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet. It’s our first proper festival, so we’re a bit oblivious and as a result quite levelheaded, but we’ve heard so many fabulous and exciting things about it it’s hard not to feel a little anxious. Plus, the BBC lineup is insane, so we’ve got to really pull our socks up to feel at home with the impressive company we’re keeping.

Let’s move on to the usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My dad was a keen musician, and he immersed me in music from quite an early age. He used to sit in our living room and cover classics on his acoustic guitar like Toto – ‘Africa’, The Beatles – ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your love Away’ and Todd Rundgren – ‘I Saw the :ight’.

What was your favourite song as a child?
The Pointer Sisters – ‘Slow Hand’. Whenever we were going on a family holiday this always found its way into the travel playlist, I know it’s shamelessly ’80s, but I have so much nostalgia for it.

What song makes you laugh?
One Direction – ‘The Story of my Life’. I heard the shred version on YouTube and I can’t get it out of my head each time I hear the original.

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What song makes you cry?
Nick Drake – ‘Northern Sky’. Nick had such an incredible talent and to die so tragically young was a terrible waste. This song is beautiful.

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.)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Rich’ My first love was a bit of vixen and she drove me to the point of insanity with this song as the soundtrack to it.

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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.)
Patrick Watson – ‘Man Like You’. This song was the outro to a fairly destructive friendship I had a few years ago now, I can still listen to it but with an air of negative reminiscence and reflection.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Joni Mitchell – ‘A Case of You’. Joni’s lyrics are a huge inspiration.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Sylvia Plath. [I think we might have been separated at birth… – Ed.]

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I trained to be a dietician for two years before throwing myself into music so I’d probably still be deluding myself with something scientific and sensible. [Yup, definitely separated at birth. – Ed.]

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 a tricky one and changes day to day but currently, Manchester Orchestra – ‘Mean Everything to Nothing’.

We wish Owen and the whole Longfellow crew best wishes as they make their maiden voyage to SXSW and we are prepared they will knock everyone’s socks off on Thursday night! Thank you Owen for answering our questions.

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