Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Rob, I write songs and sing in a band called Neon Wolf. Born and bred in Kilkenny.
Who are your favorite artists from home?
That’s a tough question, there are so many deadly bands around at the moment. Off the top of my head The Dead Heavys, Walking on Cars, Ham Sandwich and All Tvvins.
What’s it really like touring?
We haven’t got to the point where we’ve toured extensively yet, but we’ve done a bit. We played a few shows in London last summer, we railed and sailed it, it was hardship but it was a brilliant experience! It’s usually a bunch of lads having the banter and talking a little bit of shite. By the end of it, we’re always that bit closer to madness. But don’t they say, it’s that little bit of madness that keeps you sane.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
The Olympia last year was absolutely class. We also played the Milk Market in Limerick with Walking on Cars a while back, that was deadly. The crowd were on serious form, so I’d like to get back down there at some stage and have the buzz with them again.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
David Bowie, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Prince, Big Star, Abba, Pulp and then The Lightning Seeds playing ‘Sugar Coated Iceberg’ and ‘Pure’ repeatedly all night. That’s just the Friday night. (We said ‘ideal’, not ‘dream’! ~ editor)
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
Either when we played for the President at Aras an Uachtarain or playing the Olympia.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
“You need to be writing songs with airplay in mind”. To be honest, I think you need to be writing songs for yourself. That’s the therapy, that’s why I started anyway. Then if people like it, even better!
What do you do to relax?
I listen to Ed’s Songs of Praise on Today FM, every Sunday night or do a bit of gardening. Also, a late night ’80s playlist never hurts.
What are you reading?
The Twelve by Justin Cronin.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Game of Thrones, Fortitude, Walking Dead and I recently re-watched Twin Peaks, that second series is as mad as a bag of hurls.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
The one where yer man tries to streak on a tennis court but runs into a glass wall. The guy recording it breaks into the hysterics. I nearly wet myself!
What website do you visit most? (discounting email etc)
I love having a browse on Daft.ie.
What is your favourite:
Pulp – A Different Class.
At the moment, it’s between Yazoo – ‘Only You’ and Beck – ‘Lost Cause’. Yesterday, I was all over ‘Love and Mercy’ by Brian Wilson.
Lost classic song?
Phil Oakley and Georgio Moroder – ‘Together in Electric Dreams’ is a classic. Also, ‘Tougher than the Rest’ by Bruce Springsteen.
The story of Factory Records has to be one of the best. Tony Wilson didn’t seem to give a shite about making money.
Who is your favourite current artist?
Tame Impala or War on Drugs.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
Spring King, The Japanese House or Blossoms.
What was the last great gig you have seen?
Peter Gabriel in the 3arena.
Ah sure, it wasn’t that it was bad, I actually enjoyed it but Richard Hawley in Cork, he didn’t play ‘Baby You’re My Light’. Then again it’s not up to me.
What should we expect from your shows?
Loads of energy, sweating, a little bit of cursing and a large mountain of fun with a few pop songs.
Neon Wolf pay Whelan’s on June 11th and tickets for the show can be found here.