Who are your favourite artists from home?
That’s a rotten question! Loads of our pals are in bands, so I’d feel lousy if i listed them off and forgot one or something! But I’ll give it a go. I’m currently digging Cruiser, Slow Riot, Rusangano Family, Naive Ted, Protobaby, Fox Jaw, Anna’s Anchor, Same D, Emma Langford, The Turn… There’s loads there, but even more I’m forgetting!
What’s it really like touring?
It only really gets crappy when you end up playing the same stuff to the same people repeatedly. I reckon the key to keeping it all interesting for both band and audience is regularly changing it up a bit. Touring can be like Groundhog Day, but y’know, the movie Groundhog Day was pretty funny….
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Dolans in Limerick!!! If ever we find ourselves straying from our hometown, we really enjoy playing in DeBarras in Clonakilty and Roisin Dubh in Galway.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
An indoor one.
Tell us a tour story…
This one time, a good while back, we went on tour, and we had a great time and played some great gigs to great people. But when we got back, we had less money than when we started. True story. We’ve made sure that it hasn’t happened since.
What has been your biggest achievement of 2016 so far?
Releasing this album. It’s been a little bit more challenging this time round. We’re five guys with careers, families, studies and all that. Life is busy, but luckily we’re all committed to this music thing we do, and it’s pretty important to us all. We’re very proud of this one.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
Tell lies and be afraid.
What do you do to relax?
Not much relaxing times these days unfortunately. I hang out with friends and family when I can. I read books sometimes too.
What are you reading?
I’m very much digging Kevin Barry’s City Of Bohane at the moment. I read There are Little Kingdoms recently and needed more. I love his way with the English language. I know that’s a pretty generic kind of accolade for a writer, but his writing just seems so fresh to me. I can’t really compare it to anything.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Narcos was great, I loved it. I like Netflix, I don’t really watch regular TV. Although I’ll gladly sit through 10 hours of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives if some channel was showing them back to back.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
Yeah, ‘Kick the Burger’. Ronan from Crayonsmith/Jogging/Women’s Christmas showed it to me when we were playing in Berlin years ago. I still watch it pretty regularly. It’s left an indelible mark on my psyche. Just google it, it’s the first thing that comes up.
What is your favourite:
Record of the moment?
There are two, A weird Exits by Thee Oh Sees, and Mangy Love by Cass McCombs.
Song of the moment?
‘The Rainbow Connection’ by Kermit The Frog. My 18-month old son insists on hearing it every morning, it’s on a kids compilation record we got called This Records Belongs To… on that Light in The Attic label. Excellent record.
Lost classic song?
‘Fallin” by Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul off that amazing Judgement Night soundtrack from back in the day
Besides out on a limb records you mean? Sacred Bones probably.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
I’m excited by anything Archy Marshall/King Krule puts out. He’s a prolific dude
What was the last great gig you went to?
Grandaddy in Vicar St, closely followed by August Wells in Kasbah Social Club, Limerick
Worst show ever?
Ah you can find something good in every show if you want to, even the spectacularly shit ones. They often make the best stories for example. I’m sorry to say I’ve been blessed with only seeing decent shows. And I’ve seen a lot of shows. I’ve played some that were pure muck though, but I’m sure that’s not what you were asking.
windings’ latest album Be Honest and Fear Not is out now (highly recommended) and the band go on tour this month:
14th October – De Barra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty (w/ Anna’s Anchor)
15th October – Coughlan’s Live, Cork (w/ Glimmermen)
22nd October – Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick (w/ Jinx Lennon)
29th October – Whelan’s, Dublin (w/ Slow Riot)
10th November – Roisin Dubh, Galway (w/ Pavo Pavo)