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Tomás from experimental act Bury Me With My Money on the soundtrack to his life
The last song you listened to?
BTSTU by Jai Paul. The production is so so good on that record and I’m a sucker for a falsetto.
What is your earliest musical memory?
I have an uncle who was a drummer when he was my age and is part of the reason I developed an interest in music. I remember he brought me a set of his old sticks in 1993, so I was only five. We owned a hardware store at the time, so we lined up the best sounding buckets and pans we could and I discovered percussion 😉
Do you have a favourite song that was featured in a film or tv show?
Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone from Top Gun… or any tune from Top Gun.
Is there a song that instantly reminds you of a particular person?
Take me Out by Franz Ferdinand. It came out around the time I was finishing up in school. I remember one summer, at 6am one morning, walking five miles home from a party with my mate Mike Cunningham. He was swinging a pillow he had stolen and then decided to set it alight. So we staggered home through the Mayo countryside singing the chorus riff over and over again whilst leaving a trail of flaming pillow behind us.
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
It’s tacky but I love ‘My Way’ by Sinatra.. its a simple theme, but like the idea of not really caring about what the world expects of you and at the end of your days standing by the decisions you’ve made and being grateful for the journey you’ve had.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
I had a terrible musical upbringing. I was only exposed to bad country and poor 90’s pop, so my first favourite album as a child that I’m willing to admit to was a greatest hits CD by Queen I copied from my uncles collection. When I got to secondary school I met some people who expanded my tastes greatly and I discovered bands like the Radiohead, Nirvana and Audioslave. I got into Audioslave in a big way. I loved Rage against the machine and loved the simplistic aggressive rock that band made, combined with the vocal range of Chris Cornell, I was hooked.
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
Loser by Beck. Its such a weird ass song, but has been embraced by the masses. It was written in one sitting. It’s an extremely experimental naive recording, but it captures a careless attitude perfectly and I love that that resonates with people.
What song transports you back in time and why?
‘Star Star’ by The Frames, takes me back to 2005. Learning to play guitar with our small group of my fellow weirdos, out the back of our local watering hole, Delany’s bar and Gun dealers in Ballyhaunis. The live album ‘Set List’ was played to death in our cars that year and it’s still in my top five albums. To top it off, myself and our guitarist at the time, Luke Stratford were living in Dublin in 2006/2007 and randomly stumbled upon a few guys outside Dunnes on Grafton street one night, recording a man who looked homeless, busking. Next thing, a woman walks up to the guy and stops him mid song. We quickly realized it was Glen Hansard making what we later learned to be the movie Once. So on a break, Glen slipped round the corner to use the facilities in Neary’s and we fanboy-ed him on the way out. He signed my passport and drew a little self portrait to boot. It was an incredibly surreal moment for two west of Ireland wannabe musicians. To randomly meet a hero of theirs in the middle of shooting what we thought was an avant-garde music video.
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
‘Dawn Chorus’ by Thom Yorke. I love it, but that song is so depressing. Melodically, it just trods along getting progressively more tense.
I think its about the struggle to evolve and being frustrated at not being able to shake off old ways and the negative aspects of your personality. It provides very little hope for change either. It’s a very heavy experience that I can’t listen to unless I’m hungry for a dose of depression.
Which song makes you happy when you hear it?
Missionary Man – Eurythmics … I find that tune so upbeat and infectious. That’s my morning song!
What was the first gig you went to?
Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Slane Castle, 2003. It’s still one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. Pj Harvey, Queens, Foo’s and the Chillis. There was such great energy and a sense of occasion that day. It really opened my mind to the power of live music and how it can bring such a vast group of people together for a shared good time.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
‘Are you Gonna be my girl!?’ by Jet. We played it at a battle of the bands in 2003 as our first band ‘Dingos 8 my baby’… we were so, so bad. Our bassist Kyle led the band those days and I played bass.
Also performing that day was our current producer/synth player Joe Padfield and his band who won… We were sort of teenage enemies at that stage, but that soon changed. It’s so cool to still be working with those guys today, 16 years down the line. Jesus!
What was the first album/single that you bought?
Boomfunk mc’s – freestyler
It’s such a Choon!
Is there a song that you always listen to whilst travelling in the car or on the bus/train?
I fluctuate between lots of stuff. I listen to loads of my own demos, which is embarrassing in one way, but I think if you don’t love what you’re writing then you can’t expect others to love it. I spend a lot of that time analyzing and thinking of changes. However, over the past month I’ve been re-discovering LCD soundsystem, ‘All my friends’ is probably my most played track at the moment.
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
Damien Rice. I met a “girl” when I was a teen who introduced me to Damo… I quickly became obsessed.
I loved that BBC4 sessions he did, when he distorted his acoustic and his vocals and for me, merged the power of rock with the passion and personal nature of folk. So, I dropped out of college half way through first year of Automobile Technology in DIT and started focusing on life as a musician.
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