by / November 28th, 2011 /

Top Story: Incoming: Clock Opera

Constructors of soaring electronic pop, Clock Opera will play The Academy 2 in Dublin of December 2nd – tickets are priced at €13 (avalaible from Ticketmaster) and we have two pairs to giveaway. Mail giveaway@state.ie with your contact details and we will be in touch with the winners by Thursday.

Singer Guy Connolly has a vocal range that is unique, one that he is unafraid to use to emotional effect with modern grandiose tunes like ‘Belongings’, ‘Lesson No. 7’ and ‘Once And For All’. Guy took some time to introduce himself before Friday’s show:

Who are you and where are you from?
We are Clock Opera, 4 men who have congregated in London. One of us was even born here.

Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?
My hometown is Nailsea. I don’t know of anyone else to emerge, but it is very near Portishead, so they’ll do.

What’s it really like touring?
Within 48 hours you forget where you are. It’s a bonehead band member cliche, but also incredibly easy to lose your bearings, I find. Either that or I’m a walking bonehead cliché.

What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Luxembourg so far. Very generous people.

What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Stevie Wonder fronting Caribou, LCD Soundsystem feat. Roy Orbison, Leonard Cohen vs Johnny Cash battle, then Bjork plays Homogenic featuring Pavarotti as a flying robot with lasers coming out of his eyes.

Tell us a tour story…
On our recent tour supporting Metronomy/Crystal Fighters/Chapel Club we took a tin into which you had to put a pound whenever you said your personal catchphrase/annoying repetitive joke. It was an attempt to vary our methods of communication and humour which backfired and the tin grew heavy. We broke the seal in Oxford and spent the lot on scratchcards, much to Andy’s disappointment. We are still not rich men. The end.

What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?
Playing for 3000 in Paris supporting Metronomy a few weeks ago was a big highlight.

What do you do to relax?
Scratchcards.

What are you reading?
The City and The City by China Mieville.

How about TV, anything good on the box?
The Killing II. In my house we like to say Forbrydellsen and selvfølgelig a lot.

What’s the last thing you bought online?
An autoharp.

Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?
Anyone who can make a flying laser robot out of Pavarotti. And resurrect him for the purpose.

What is the worst cover your band has ever performed?
We have not performed a cover yet. In public.

Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?
Only when making samples. I like the sound of a WWII ammunition case on a concrete floor.

What website do you visit most?
ted.com

What is your favourite…

…album of the last year?
Diamond Mine by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins

…Song?
My i-tunes tells me that the most plays received for a non-Clock Opera song is for ‘County Fair’ (instrumental) by Raymond Scott.

….Lost classic song?
‘Tell Me Easter’s On Friday’ by Associates.

… Record label?
Today it’s Lo Recordings for releasing the greatest hits of The Chap.

…current artist?
Mike Nelson

…YouTube video?

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

A new artist that you are most excited about?
Mammal Club

What was the last great gig you have seen?
Steve Reich at the Albert Hall.

What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Pretty much this: