Offering a mix of torch balladry, folk harmony, jaunty country and 50s pop, Louise & The Pins play the Stag’s Head in Dublin on March 29th. Having toured with Laura Marling amongst others, this will be the trio’s debut in the capital. The eponymous Louise Hull introduces herself to State.
Who are you and where are you from?
Louise and the Pins. I’m from Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Who are your favorite artists from your hometown?
Hmmm, I don’t think I have any.
What’s it really like touring?
I love it so far, I like travelling and meeting the people that come to the shows. I don’t think I’ve toured for long enough to dislike anything yet. I miss my own bed sometimes.
What’s your favorite city/town/venue to play?
We just did a tour of lovely churches, that was really special. Conway Hall in London on the Laura Marling tour was a great venue too.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Well, if its people that are still around and not a dream one. I’d have Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Black Keys.
Tell us a tour story…
We’ve had a lot of fun in Ireland on tour. It seems to be the place we misbehave the most. I had a very wonderful drunken night in Dingle with Richard Hawley and we ended up at a party in the carpet shop.
What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?
Ooh I’m not sure. Playing at Glastonbury was a proud moment. And bringing out the first single and listening to it on my record player.
What do you do to relax?
I can’t tell you that..
What are you reading?
I’m re-reading Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. I find his way of writing inspirational. I’ve also got Mason Dixon by Thomas Pinchon on the go but it’s hard work.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
I’m happy to say I don’t own a TV. I watch bits and pieces on Iplayer and 4od, there was a good Roy Orbison documentary on last week. I tried to watch something about a 70 stone woman who squashed her nephew to death and is now on trial for murder. I love that kind of stuff but my fella made me turn it off.
What’s the last thing you bought online?
I like Ebay, I bought a Victorian nightdress from there yesterday. I also downloaded Gorgeous George by Edwyn Collins.
Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?
Oooh thats a good question. Paul McCartney is my idol so I’d love to work with him. Also Alex Turner, I think he’s very talented.
What is the worst cover your band has ever performed?
I don’t do covers!!! I’ve only ever done one which was for Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2 show. We did ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ by The Clash, and it was damn good!
Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?
God no, I’ve got too much respect to do that. And I couldn’t afford to!
What website do you visit most?
There’s a nice website called The Sartorialist where I nosey at what people are wearing.
What is your favorite…
…Album of the last year?
I really enjoyed Feist’s Metals.
…Song of all time?
That’s too tough..
….Lost classic song?
‘Nothing But A Heartache’ by the Flirtations
… Record label?
I think Bon Iver is doing good stuff.
I’m not much of a youtuber I’m afraid
A new artist that you are most excited about?
I’m watitng for someone new to blow me away this year..
Last great gig you went to?
I saw Pulp at Leeds festival last year, they were brilliant.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Well, it’ll be stripped back shows, some new material. The old favourites. I’ll try and make you all cry! Ha ha!