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Indie act Tabloid Tv on the soundtrack to their lives
What was the first album/single that you ever bought?
It was Franz Ferdinand’s self titled debut album, I was probably 11 when it came out and listened to it non stop for months after. (Ultan, drummer)
What is your earliest musical memory?
We had a record player in our house and I remember dancing to Help Me Rhonda by the Beach Boys and my dad giving out to me for making the record skip (Moninne, vocals/bass)
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
Definitely Blondie (Moninne)
Matt Tong, the drummer from Bloc Party (Ultan)
What song instantly reminds you of a particular person?
Don’t you want me by the Human League reminds me of our friend Mark, he used to sing in the band and we often finished out sets by covering it (Moninne)
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
I’m only 25 but all of the LCD Soundsystem songs about becoming old and past it are, sadly, beginning to really resonate with me (Ultan)
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
Paul Simon (Ultan, Moninne)
Joni Mitchell (Senan, guitar)
Blur (Ruairi, vocals)
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
Blue Monday I think, imagine writing the greatest dance song of all time (Ultan)
What song transports you back in time and why?
Like Eating Glass by Bloc Party, I remember when I was 15 I got tickets to see the Killers with Bloc Party supporting. I bought a copy of silent alarm and was absolutely blown away by the first track. Now I will always be a 15 year old when I hear it. (Ultan)
Which song makes you happy when you hear it?
Someday by the Strokes (Senan)
What was the first gig you went to?
Our parents took us to see Sheryl Crow in the Point when we were very young (Moninne, Ultan)
What was the first song that you ever performed?
A cover of Girls & Boys by Blur, not very well, when we were 16. Only two of us are still playing together but that was probably the beginning of TabloidTv as we are now. I suspect the first original song that we performed together was Let’s Dance which made it onto our EP, First Night Last Night. (Senan, Ultan)