You might remember Kool Thing from their immediately absorbing and spacey electro set in support of Austra earlier this year.
Kool Thing also play State’s Midnight Mass tomorrow night (Friday 23rd) in The Mercantile, Dublin and Block T on New Year’s Eve. They are one of the most exciting live acts we’ve seen in some time so make sure to catch at least one of their shows.
Jon Dark and Julie Chances introduce themselves.
Who are you and where are you from?
We are kool thing from Dublin and Sydney, based in Berlin
Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?
JC- I still love Sinead O’Connor, and I’m really digging REID right now.
JD- I love the ’80s band Icehouse, and of course INXS. I haven’t been home in ages, and lost touch a bit with the local scene right now, but I love new producer/DJ Alison Wonderland.
What’s it really like touring?
Touring is deadly because you get to see loads of new cities and meet new people, experience new stuff but its really tiring and you dont sleep much.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Berghain in Berlin.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Grizzly Bear, The Knife, Austra, The Smiths.
Tell us a tour story.
What happens on tour stays on tour.
What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?
Touring Europe with our mates Austra and then Domino releasing the remix we did for the them of ‘Beat and the Pulse’ on the Sparkle remix ep.
What do you do to relax?
Movies or tv series, totally addicted.
What are you reading?
JC- My dad just gave me I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.
JD- Just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, I haven’t started anything new yet. Hopefully I will get a book or two for Christmas.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
JC- We have no TV in Berlin so we stream stuff, pretty addicted to Jersey Shore :/
JD – Basically any HBO drama series has got me hooked, I really like Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, and cheesy but totally addictive, Game of Thrones.
What’s the last thing you bought online?
JC- I just bought 50 Words for Snow by Kate Bush for my dad for Christmas.
JD- A guitar pedal.
Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?
What is the worst cover your band has ever performed?
We’ve never performed a cover!
Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?
JD – Not on purpose! but my guitar pedals get trashed all the time.
What is your favourite…
…album of the last year?
Loved when the James Blake album came out, also House of Balloons by the Weeknd, love the new Kate Bush. We also were into the SBTRKT album. Austra of course. Avey Tare, Loved EMA album.
Too hard a question, theres loads but for now we will say ‘Blue’ by Joni Mitchell.
…lost classic song?
Again very hard…Judee Sill – ‘The Kiss’.
Can’t really go wrong with Domino – they put out so many great artists at the moment.
We love Maru.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
Grimes is pretty interesting.
What was the last great gig you have seen?
Robyn was amazing at the Berlin Festival last year!
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Dark and emotional music that wants to lift you up.