Who are you and where are you from?
We are Chewing on Tinfoil and we’ve been around for some time now. We started out probably over 11 years ago at this stage when everyone in the band lived in Tallaght and grew up together. Since we’ve become men we’ve dispersed all over Dublin and Wicklow, and one of us spends about half the year up in the Alps teaching rich people how to ski.
Who are your favourite artists from home?
Most of the bands that we like are ones that we’d play our shows with, so bands like The Winter Passing, Driveway, Bitch Falcon, The Whole Sick, Red Enemy etc. Of course there have been loads of bands over the years that have since broken up, but the ones mentioned are the ones worth paying attention to in my opinion. I don’t think I need to gas up the bands that get covered in Hot Press each month.
What’s it really like touring?
Because of the fact that we’re pretty heavily rooted in DIY ethics and all that fun stuff which makes you no money, our tours generally tend to be a huge stumble forward with the nice mix of a stress and hunger, but it’s always a super fun time. Booking tours without an agent can be a bit of a roll of the dice, but we’ve been to the UK enough at this stage to have built a decent network of promoters that put on really good gigs for us. We still end up playing a couple of duds here and there, but for the most part it’s deadly getting to hang out with all the friends you’ve made over the years and get some serious messing in. Finding a venue with a toilet that’s clean enough to do a poo with confidence can be tricky enough however. The drives can be pretty entertaining when there’s someone trying to wind someone else up for hours on end, so it’s good to get a bit of that into you as long as you’re not the one being targeted.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Well obviously that would be Dublin. We used to play out every couple of weeks a few years ago but it started getting a bit stale – so now we limit the amount of hometown gigs we do and since we’ve been doing that, every single one of them has been nuts. There’s people who’ve been coming out to our gigs since we started to play shows and they still come out and support us now, and that’s unreal. Cheltenham is like our UK hometown too, so we can’t not mention there. It’s crazy, we ended up playing there the first time we toured the UK in 2009 and the place went off, and now we go back every time we roll through and every gig is insane each time. We’ve made some of the best friends we have in that town too and that’s got a lot to do with it. Big up Chelts.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
We actually don’t get much love from Irish festivals for whatever reason, but we’ve been lucky enough to play 2000 Trees in Gloucester and Boomtown Fair in Winchester and they were both deadly. I feel like you can lash whatever shite you want onto a line-up and as long as you keep the vibe of the festival nice and positive and friendly and relaxed, people will just go anyway because it’s a good time.
Tell us a tour story…
After playing a gig in Newcastle one of the first couple of times we toured the UK, we were staying at a friends place and having a drink and a smoke and a laugh, and one of the neighbours of the house we were staying in came by to let us know that they’d stopped a group of lads from breaking into our van and stealing all of he gear we had inside. So now every time we head out on tour we’re super paranoid and have to be really annoying to everyone we stay with and ask them if we can load all our gear into their house.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year so far?
We have actually done nothing this year apart from play The Winter Passing’s album release gig in September, haha. We started recording for a new EP earlier on in the year but we’re not killing ourselves in terms of getting it finished or anything, just chipping away bit by bit – we’ll see what happens in 2016.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
The nice lady at First Music Contact once told us that us giving away our music for free download was the worst idea she had ever heard in her whole time in the industry. So knowing that it was a way of upsetting industry heads, we decided to give every single bit of music that we release away for free – and it’s been working for us. We’d have never been able to tour in the US without doing that unless we put a whole load of money into PR or whatever, but people downloaded it and enjoyed it and came out to the gigs, and that’s the way we’re probably going to be until we’re done.
What do you do to relax?
Some of us have a sherry, some smoke a lil tasty number, some do a bit of jiu jitsu, some make computer games, some take nice photos, some do a bit of outdoor recreation, some hang out with their dogs. Normal stuff really.
What are you reading?
My friend Martin recently put out issue #1 of his zine, Vision Thing. It’s got write ups on films that would be on the weirder side of things. Excellently written, and definitely makes you want to check out each film covered in it. I’d advise anyone to pick up a copy because I feel like he’ll end up being a really famous film critic one day and the zine could fetch a few quid on the eBay.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Nathan For You. Nothing will ever come close. Don’t read about it, jut get it right into you and then tell a mate about it.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
There’s a really brilliant one of a guy from down the country losing his marbles because the person at the supermarket forgot to bag up the soup that he bought. It’s one of the best.
What website do you visit most?
Self Defense Family’s Tumblr is usually worth a look once a week or so. Mostly just them answering asks from fans/haters/trolls etc, but the band don’t mince words so it’s always a good read. Obviously I have Facebook open the whole time trying to bring the likes in and all that, but I’m hardly going to tell anyone to check it out…
What is your favourite…
Record of the moment?
A Different Space of Mind by The Winter Passing.
Song of the moment?
‘Insomniac’ by Powell.
Lost classic song?
‘Take Your Time (Do It Right)’ by SOS Band. The full 7:41 min version. Fuck a radio edit.
We decided we were too cool for record labels when Fat Wreck decided they were too cool to email us back.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
There’s a couple of new bands forming out of the ashes of Frustration, who disbanded this weekend passed. I don’t know about names, but I know who’s in them and there’s definitely going to be a few riffs doing the rounds soon.
What was the last great gig you went to?
My friends Neal and Kayleigh have been putting on a super great weekender in August for the past 2 years called Animal Fest, which is in aid of ASH Animal Sanctuary down in Wicklow. In the short time they’ve been doing it they’ve already raised over 9 grand for them, which is seriously amazing – it’s actually the shelter that my girlfriend and I rescued our dog from. Each year has such a good lineup spread over the two days and there’s an absolutely serious raffle on the second day. We’ve been lucky enough to play it before and it’s just a really good vibe with a serious turnout and loads of people having a mad one.
Worst show ever?
We’ve been a band for a really long time, so there’s definitely been a few. Probably the actual worst would have been when we played a place called Worthing in the UK. The local Chinese takeaway didn’t know what a 3in1 was, and when we told them what it was they wouldn’t make them for us. Then the show itself had only about six people pay into it, and there were drunk teenagers crying at each other for the whole thing. The promoter didn’t have anywhere organised for us to sleep, so we all had to just sleep in the car park of a services station in the seven seater Zafira that we were touring in. Useless.
What should we expect from your Whelan’s show?
Loads of shite talk, plenty of dancing, a tolerable amount of sweating, a good few new songs, a few nice new bits of merch, loads of cool vibes and people with lovely souls, and obviously really good sound seeing as it’s in Whelan’s. And it’s kind of a sort of fundraiser to get the cash together to press our new record, so it’d be great if we could make it a midweek rager ya know.
Get Chewing On Tinfoil’s excellent Marrowbone Lane album for free here then pay to go and see them at Whelan’s tomorrow night (Wednesday).