Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Conn and I’m from Dublin. My band is called Raglans and we’re from Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare.
Who are your favorite artists from home?
When it comes to Irish music, probably Thin Lizzy. They were kind of Ireland’s first “real” rock band. They went on to inspire lots of my favourite bands. But if we’re talking this century, our buds The Strypes and Otherkin. Good lads, good music.
What’s it really like touring?
Imagine driving around with a group of your friends, and getting to see awesome places and meet really cool people all while doing something you love. At the end of the day, its like a big road trip. We love it.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Anywhere that’s loud and people are into it. We always have a blast in Dublin, Glasgow, London and pretty much anywhere in Germany and The Netherlands.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Us and all our favourite bands. This years Reading and Leeds line-up was pretty close.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
How much we’ve been able to travel. We’ve been all over the place this year. From Australia to the UK to mainland Europe a few times. We just finished our first ever European headline tour and it was incredible.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
“If the shoe fits, wear it”. But I’m pretty sure any advice can be bad advice.
What do you do to relax?
Run, cycle and try to be outside as much as possible. I suffer real bad from cabin fever.
What are you reading?
I ‘m big into biographies. I just finished Mike Tyson’s book. It makes for some pretty dark reading. Chap has done a lot. I’ll leave it there.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
I rarely watch TV apart from the Food Network when I’m home. The lads had the new South Park on in the van and it’s absolutely hilarious.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
I’m a sucker for a good animal video. Goats are good, but there’s one of a beached shark being rescued and dragged back into the water by some people on a beach. Had me laughing for 10 minutes. If you can find it, its worth a watch.
What website do you visit most?
Probably social media sites for the band. That and some sport sites, cycling and MMA stuff. Everything is an app now anyway.
What is your favourite:
Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything To Nothing
Rupert Holmes – ‘Escape’ (The Pina Colada Song)
Lost classic song?
No Sleep Records are a small US label putting out some cool bands right now.
Who is your favourite current artist?
I really like the new Silversun Pickups album that just came out. They’re a strange mix of genres and the singer has a pretty unique voice.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
Frank Carter. He used to be in band called Gallows but now he’s doing his own thing called ‘Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes’ and its pretty exciting.
What was the last great gig you have seen?
I went to see a band from the US called The Bronx in Dublin a few months ago. It was in the Academy 2 and there were about 70 people there. The band didn’t give a fuck. They were nuts.
We had a day off in Birmingham a few weeks ago and we got some free tickets to see Michael Monroe. He used to sing for Hanoi Rocks. We left after the second song…
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
New songs, new show, new guy. It feels like we finally really know what we’re at now. It’s bigger, better, louder.
Raglans play Dublin’s Hangar on Saturday, December 19th.