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Indie/garage/post-punk band TV People on the soundtrack to their lives
What was the first album/single that you ever bought?
Rob: The first record I ever got was Demon Days by Gorillaz. I think I was about 9 or 10. Definitely a very nostalgic one for me and one I still enjoy today.
What is your earliest musical memory?
Bren: When I was a kid my Dad used to take me to jazz gigs. I got to see some great acts at a young age like the Esbjörn Svensson Trio and went to some cool events like the Bray Jazz Festival. I remember one time the bouncers at the door said I couldn’t go in because I was too young. My Dad asked to speak to the venue owner and he made an exception which was pretty cool. I probably thought the music at the time was extremely boring but I think it definitely got me interested in different genres of music and gave me a massive appreciation for how talented some musicians in jazz are.
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
Len – One of the first bands I got into was The Beach Boys. I remember being drawn in by the harmonies and gimmickry of the matching clothes and camaraderie on stage and that made me want to join a band myself.
What song instantly reminds you of a particular person?
Bren: The Irish tune The West’s Awake reminds me of my Grandad. He sings it at every family event and has it down perfectly. I remember him singing it at his wedding anniversary one time when my grandmother was quite sick before she died which was quite powerful. I almost think he wrote it at this stage he sings it so much.
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
Paul: ‘True Love Will Find You In The End’ by Daniel Johnston. The lyrics are so simple but extremely emotionally moving, and his raw and real performance really drives them home in a powerful way. This song definitely taught me that sometimes you can say more by saying less in your words.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
Rob: I was in London when I was around 13 and picked up a Radiohead CD in HMV. I was hooked instantly and have been listening to them ever since. Their music had a huge impact on what I listened to from then on, and introduced me to many new artists and genres as a result.
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
Len – Blue Boy by Mac de Marco is one I wish I had written myself, due to the lyrics especially. Mac breaks down the pointlessness of overthinking issues that don’t have any importance in the grand scheme of things. This song had a great influence on me and made me wish I could write a song like it so I could help others as the song has helped me.
What song transports you back in time and why?
Paul: ‘Best of Friends’ by Palma Violets is a really nostalgic song for me. When I first started playing music with Len and Bren a few years ago the three of us were really into Palma Violets. We used to do a cover of ‘Best of Friends’ which the four of us still sometimes play in our rehearsals these days. Every time I hear the tune it takes me back to the early days of the band and the innocence and naivety of that time.
Which song makes you happy when you hear it?
Paul: ‘All My Friends’ by LCD Soundsystem always puts a smile on my face when I hear it. The song is such an anthem for friendship and spending time with people who matter. I have a lot of memories of belting it out with my arms wrapped around friends at festivals and it always makes me really appreciate the present moment and the people around me every time it comes on.
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
Bren: Twilight by Elliott Smith is a song that always makes me a bit sad and reflective. It’s a beautiful song with huge emotion and intensity, especially in the context of his life which was quite tragic in the end. I find ‘sad’ music generally makes me more introspective than sad though. ‘These Days’ by Nico and ‘Fond Farewell’ by Elliott Smith are another two that have the same effect for me.
What was the first gig you went to?
Rob: Before I entered my Radiohead phase I was really into classic rock/metal bands. The first gig I went to was a mini festival in the O2 in Dublin (now the Three Arena). The lineup consisted of Testament, Megadeth, and Judas Priest. It was definitely an interesting first gig to go to but it was very entertaining! I remember lots of fire and motorbikes.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
Len: We’ve only really started churning out gigs in the past year and a half. Bren, Paul and I did a gig a few years ago when our style and set list were completely different to what it is now. We had a tune called All the People Say and I think we opened our set with that.
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