Who are you and where are you from?
Keith: We’re a band based in the South Dublin area, I’m from Stillorgan and Gav’s from Dundrum. We’re both cousins and we decided a while back it might be cool to make a band together.
Gavin: Yeah, we went to the same school and Keith was the year ahead so funnily enough we didn’t really have much contact throughout those years, apart from family events.
Who are your favorite artists from home?
Gavin: I really like Little Green Cars and James Vincent McMorrow. I also really like jape and saw them in Vicar Street last year with the Booka Brass Band which was a great show.
Keith: From home, I’d say my favourite artists would be James Vincent McMorrow, Hozier and a lad who goes by the name of Kojaque. I’d say we take a good bit of influence from the first two artists anyway.
What’s it really like touring?
Gavin: I never toured, but Keith has!
Keith: Touring’s pretty cool, yeah. It really depends on the type of tour you end up on and how exposed your band currently is to the demographic in the areas that you’re about to tour, of course, oh… and the band you’re playing with. A lot of my friends in bands have had to slug it out and play to like 10 people every night for the full tour over and over again until they got a break. But they had the best of times with each other so it didn’t really matter. I was lucky enough to play with a band called The Winter Passing, who were supporting an American band, Modern Baseball. The tour was far more professional than I was used to and a little bit of politics seemed to be present in dealing with the other band – stress levels can get high. But it was absolutely amazing to play in front of 300-400 people almost every night and I had a deadly time with TWP. So there are two sides to that picture.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Keith: It’s pretty cool playing the Academy in Dublin when it’s packed out. Again, I played with TWP late 2016 there at a sold out show and it was amazing when you could see the crowd really enjoying themselves. Apart from that, I played Galway years and years ago when in a different band called Milestones. We played this free show in a pub called Sally Longs and everyone was going crazy. Like they didn’t know the tunes at all, but were so supportive. Then one of the bands offered their house to us and we just had an amazingly funny night with them guys, so I’ve only good memories from that place.
Gavin: I have only ever played in Dublin venues. I guess my favourite was the Grand Social because the sound is excellent and there’s just a really good vibe in the place which is what it’s all about.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Keith: I’ve a really messed up, undefined music taste so it’d probably be a terrible festival haha. But if I had to choose a few I’d say Bon Iver, Ben Howard and Bonobo headlining with Fat Freddy’s Drop, Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote, JVM.
Gavin: I would say pretty much the same, but Vulfpeck , Hiatus Kaiyote and Anderson Paak would be a good addition!
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
Gavin: Well I think the release of the EP and the music video was a great achievement as myself , Keith and the band are all exceptionally busy individuals and putting together something like this is tough.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
Keith: I don’t necessarily remember any bad advice given to me, really. I guess I choose to forget it, something in a related sense would be that a lot of people can be quite negative towards what they think they or someone else may be capable of doing in life. I’d be of the opinion that if you put your mind to something, don’t listen to people who suggest it’s impossible and really focus on it; that you can do anything you want to do, which is better than being miserable and thinking that you’re capped off at some stage.
Gavin: I’d be of the opinion that there’s no such thing as bad advice. It’s up to you to take it or leave it. Or maybe I’ve just never been given bad advice that hasn’t played out for the best haha.
What do you do to relax?
Gavin: I really like watching movies, I’ve watched a lot and I’d say most nights I would watch one or at least a part of one to tone down and go asleep.
Keith: I don’t really get to relax too often, to be honest; I got a keyboard there recently and I’m finding it pretty relaxing to just chill and learn new things on it.
What are you reading?
Gavin: I tend to read books and get to the climax and then stop reading them for a while and finish them at a later time. It took me like a month to finish Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment which was the last book I read. I’m currently starting Burmese Days by George Orwell.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Keith: I wouldn’t watch too much TV really. I watched Westworld a while back and that was deadly.
Gavin: Yeah I’d watch a good bit of TV, favourite series would be The Sopranos. I haven’t watched a new one in a while though.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
Gavin: Hmm, most of my favourite YouTube videos are music related. I really like the live performances on KEXP Seattle where band play 3-4 songs. The Tycho one is really good.
Keith: Yeah same, probably NPR Tiny Music Concert Videos or KEXP. I’ve been watching the Bon Iver ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ cover loads actually.
What website do you visit most?
Gavin: Probably IMDB so I can keep record of which movies I won’t be watching again.
Keith: I’m gonna be honest and say Facebook haha.
What is your favourite:
Keith: I can never choose one, but currently I’d say Malibu by Anderson Paak or I Forget Where We Were by Ben Howard.
Gavin: All time, I would say Hotel California by the Eagles. I was brought up on the music from the Eagles and classic rock era.
Gavin: Very difficult question, I really don’t know if I could convince myself I like any of my favourite songs more than the other.
Keith: Currently, ‘Molasses’ or ‘Breathing Under Water’ by Hiatus Kaiyote.
Lost classic song?
Gavin: I really like the song ‘Shadowplay’ by Joy Division, I’ve only recently started listening to them and they were a great band.
Keith: ‘Sarah’ by Thin Lizzy is an absolute happy tear- jerker.
Keith: I’m not very knowledgeable about labels to be honest, but Vagrant have some pretty cool artists.
Gavin: I think Island Records have a lot of my favourite artists at the moment.
Who is your favourite current artist?
Keith: I can never choose just one haha, I’d say three artists – Pinegrove, Ben Howard and Christian Scott.
Gavin: Up and coming I think Tom Misch, he’s got a great style and voice which I really like.
Keith: (Him too).
A new artist that you are most excited about?
Gavin: I think Anderson Paak surprisingly is still quite unknown for how good he is. I ask a lot of people what they think and they don’t know him for the most part – great lyrics and catchy songs.
Keith: I’m not really sure to be honest. I guess I’d maybe say a band called Burnt Out. They’re relatively new, from Dublin. My old band were playing the same underground DIY shows with some of the boys in that band and it’s cool to see that they’re starting to become a more influential in the alternative scene now with some really thought-provoking music videos and songs. So I’m excited to see what they’ve got in store for 2017.
What was the last great gig you have seen?
Keith: James Vincent McMorrow a while back, that was pretty sweet. Its cool going to those gigs where you go wild, but this was more of a show that you just stand idle and become encapsulated in the music.
Gavin: I saw Chet Faker in the Academy a year ago and it felt like the whole crowd was talking over his set so it was kind of disappointing.
What should we expect from your shows?
Keith: I’d say you should expect to hear a band with a lot of energy. A lot of raw emotion and ambience, but that’s just what I’m hoping for anyway.
Gavin: We can let people make up their own minds, because that’s what it’s all about.
DAVIS launch their new EP, Simple Words Complex World, at Whelan’s on Thursday, 19th January and tickets can be found here.