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Alt-pop artist Beyond The Wash (AKA Patrick O’Donnell) on the soundtrack to his life
What was the first album/single that you ever bought?
I am going to say album in this instance, I bought two records on the same day. One that would have an instantaneous influence and the other that would have more of a profound & long-term influence on the music I make.
It was January 2004, I picked up 2 CDs in what was BPM a Waterford record store, the first was ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory’, the second was ‘What’s Going On’. The Oasis record inspired me to write songs, while the Marvin Gaye concept album gave a sense of ‘the possible’, in that music could be a vehicle for a large artistic statement.
What is your earliest musical memory?
My Dad used to sing a bit when we were younger, mostly Irish ballad songs.
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
What song instantly reminds you of a particular person?
Samhradh, Samhradh – The Gloaming — My Grandmother (Kathleen Morrissey)
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
Here Comes the Flood – From Peter Gabriel’s first album (un-named, but known as the Car album) – One thing to note, the intended version of this in Gabriel’s mind is the simple piano & voice versions in live performances or the Shaking the Tree rework. The LP recording was an extravagant affair with Bob Ezrin at the helm (the producer of Pink Floyd’s The Wall). When it is just keys and voice it really hits home, with complex lyrics and winding melody.
Lyrically, it is like a mental flood, inspired by a dream I believe which people could see each other’s thoughts, producing a psychic flood.
When the flood calls
You have no home, you have no walls
In the thunder crash
You’re a thousand minds, within a flash
Don’t be afraid to cry at what you see
The actors gone, there’s only you and me
If we break before the dawn
They’ll use up what we used to be.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
The Police + Sting
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
Kentucky Avenue – Tom Waits — I don’t want to gush too much but some of the word painting in this instantly puts you in place – ‘We’ll slide all the way down the drain, to New Orleans in the Fall’
The sense of innocence and melancholy is all at once palpable with a wrenching twist as the songs goes on.
What song transports you back in time and why?
Together Again – Janet Jackson – allot of my early music listening would have been breakfast radio on the school, I was about 7/8 years old while I remember blasting this from the passenger seat.
Which song makes you happy when you hear it?
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
Morning Theft – Jeff Buckley
What was the first gig you went to?
Teenage Kicks in Waterford – to see a band called Saviours of Space – who would go on to become O Emperor.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
I recall singing ‘Candle in the Wind’ (Elton John) as part of a community concert for the elderly. I must have been about 5 years old. Distinctly remember embodying Elton’s low resonant tones. JOKES
Beyond The Wash released the debut EP “Murmurings” earlier this year in June and will play a live show at Ireland Music Week this October.
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