Pick 10 artists that you love before reading the questions.
1. The Gaslight Anthem
2. Make Do And Mend
3. Fake Problems
4. The Swellers
6. The Flatliners
7. Bright Eyes
8. Rise Against
9. Alkaline Trio
10. The King Blues
What was the first song you ever heard by 6? - ‘This Respirator’. To this day my favourite one.
What is your favorite song of 8? - It changes all the time, but overall Give It All will always, always give me goosebumps.
What kind of impact has 1 left on your life? - A pretty big one. The first time I heard them was in August 2008, by chance. I was looking at the Lock Up stage lineup and wanted to get to know a few more bands before I went to Leeds. It was late at night, in my living room in Irvine, and they had The 59 Sound in full streaming on their MySpace. I listened to it until the early hours, I knew I’d just discovered a band that would mean a lot to me, and for a long time. And yeah, when I saw them in Leeds and I saw his smile and bewilderment at the huge crowd they’d pulled when they thought no one had heard of them over here, I may have shed a tear.
I heard them around the same time I saw Into The Wild and it triggered this desire to move back to America, or to travel anywhere at all. They also inspired me a lot photographically, I saw all of their songs as movies that I wanted to put into photographs.
What are your favorite lyrics of 5? - “I still take bad advice from my best friends
Rather take bad advice from my best friends
And guide a sinking ship to the bottom with them”
How many times have you seen 4 live? - Four, I think?
What is your favorite song by 7? - Falling Out Of Love At This Volume. First I ever heard, it’s shocking how nostalgic it makes me.
Is there any song by 3 that makes you sad? - You know what, no. There’s really not. I could listen to them when I’m sad, but none of their songs actually make me sad.
What is your favorite song by 9? - Oh god. This Could Be Love, Mercy Me, You’re Dead, Fatally Yours…
When did you first get into 2? - Sometime this year. A lot of my friends were talking about them and I knew they were coming to Glasgow soon, so I trusted their judgement and wanted to give them a listen before their show, so as not to regret not going to it. Which I would’ve, because it turns out they were as awesome as my friends were saying.
How did you get into 3? - (EDIT: just noticed that I still had Sophie’s answer about Bon Iver here). How DID I get into 3? I can’t remember. It was shortly before I went to America last year, I think they’d done a tour with The Flatliners or another band I like, plus they’re on SideOneDummy which is always a winner. I think I just kept seeing their name about so decided to check them out.
What is your favorite song by 4? - Bottles
How many times have you seen 9 live? - I want to say 4, but I have a feeling I’m forgetting one. 4 or 5.
What is a good memory concerning 10? - Oh for godsake, you’re kidding right? All of my King Blues memories are good ones. But one of the top memories is from one of our London trips. Me, Gillian, Laura and Emma kicking about in Camden, going to their show on the boat in Camden Lock, nearly dying in the heat but there was cold, free beer on the boat. Then cooling off in the hotel before their show at Dingwalls, which was the first time we’d ever heard What If Punk Never Happened. Any memories with those boys are really, really great ones.
Is there a song by 8 that makes you sad? - Not really. Well, Swing Life Away and Hero Of War at times. And The Approaching Curve makes me pretty uneasy but in an awesome way.
What is your favorite song of 1? - I’da Called You Woody, Joe. And about 8 others, but no, I will only pick one.