GoldenPlec’s Best Quotes of 2013
It has been a busy year for GoldenPlec writers. We’ve conducted a grand total of almost 90 interviews and spoken to some of the biggest names and freshest faces in the music industry. In case you missed any we’ve compiled the best quotes for you in one handy feature. To read the interviews in full simply click on the link below each act.
“The last time we were in Dublin we went to a place called Copper Face Jacks, it seemed like there were a load of policemen and a load nurses and it seemed like they were all copping off with one another. That was eh, fun.”
– Bombay Bicycle Club in conversation with Greg Synnott.
“The genre of R&B itself has to evolve. The caterpillar has to turn into a butterfly at some point. R&B is based on tradition. Out of respect for tradition you don’t want to mess with the original recipe too much but you’ve got to add some other spices in there in order for it to live. So that is the current dilemma. To where the traditional people stay happy but the new generation gets a taste and digs it too.”
“The lyrics aren’t that cryptic. It’s funny if friends ask if a song is about someone and the answer is mainly no because elements of songs are from different times and places, a combination of loads of different ideas. It’s like working in a junk yard, combining lots of different material. You could list off everything but it’s never as simple as just one meaning or one person.”
“It sounded great to us and it was what we were trying to express. We’re all very honoured and grateful for all the attention it has gotten so far. Being able to go out and share that with an audience is great. ”
“Yeah, genuinely Kyle has the taste of a seven-year old girl. He’s obsessed with Disney films and there’s a lot of foods he doesn’t eat and he had never drunk coffee. That was genuinely the first time in his life he drank coffee and he was buzzing the whole day, bouncing off the walls, it was hilarious!”
– The Killers’ Ronnie Vanucci spoke to James Hendicott about wanting to get back on the tour circuit after their hiatus.
“I clearly recall a phone conversation with my lab partner in final year, with whom I was meant to be in the library – when actually I was in Tober Moray preparing for the first show of a tour. It was unexpected! And felt quite amazing, to be able to go straight from my last exam to a plane bound for NYC, for our first American shows.”
“This is a massive economic downturn. What are we going to do here as far as promoting the arts? This should be the time that we are pointing people towards our country. We have a harp on our passport. We’re the only country I’ve seen with a musical instrument on the cover of our passport.”
“I like the Nissan Micra I have now, I’d probably just paint that green,” says Faye.
Adam goes the rock star route with a flashy “Mark 2 Golf, a convertible from 1987, they did a dark green car.”
– Little Green Cars’ Stevie, Faye and Adam discuss their favourite automobiles in conversation with Vanessa Monaghan.
“We went to battle. Our record company sued us for 30 million dollars and we filmed it all. It was a really challenging period of time. It’s good to share that. This battle will always be a part of our story and we learned a lot from it”
“Everything’s cyclical. Things just go around and come back, and the reason for our success… we don’t really know. For us, it was quite an insular little world for a while. We were just playing songs to each other, and then in the pub to twenty people. And then a few years later you’re headlining Glastonbury. It’s quite strange, really, and a bit miraculous that it’s happened. We can’t really explain it, it’s just bizarre for us.”
“I can remember my parents taking us to Chuckie Cheese’s restaurant, and the animals were all in a band. The coolest one was a giant gorilla. That along with Walt Disney’s Sing-Along Bare Necessities and I had a bug to begin bellowing at the top of my lungs like I was in a band!”
“We knew nothing. At one of our first gigs an A&R came down and asked ‘Does the band have a lawyer?’. We were all like ‘My god, we’re gonna sign on the day! At the gig!’, which, obviously would never happen because it takes about five months to draw up proper contracts. You have these meetings, and while you’re in them you’re thinking ‘God this is all amazing’ and you come out and you’re like ‘Eh, so, what exactly happened?…No idea.’”
“I always look at people who have jobs for a really long time and I have a lot of respect for the person who’s doing their job for twenty, thirty, forty years and we’re becoming that dude. We’re feeling that pressure now, we’ve been doing this for twenty years like, if we suck, what are we doing?”
“Last year [at Electric Picnic] we played Body and Soul at like two o’clock, to about a hundred or two hundred people and we were over the moon with that. But to come home and play the main stage this year was bonkers.”
“When you suddenly find yourself getting yelled at by someone who is actually your boss, suddenly you’re putting on your ‘Johnny Paycheck’ records and thinking about how much you wanna just do anything else.”
“We’re in the latter parts of our thirties now, in regards to the youthful exuberance and craziness, we’ve not so much slowed down but prioritised when we can go crazy now. It’s a natural progression. As long as we get a day off then we can let our hair down the night before.”
“It’s a collection of post-apocalyptic love songs. I wanted to explore the idea of reconstituting society, fighting zombies, and trying to maintain some kind of romantic relationship at the same time. Is it possible to fall in love when you’re learning how to hunt in the canyons of New York?”
“People call me a folk musician because I’ve got a guitar. That to me is incredibly shortsighted. I just did what I wanted with this record because, with the first one, I felt like it was pushed and pulled a bit by the world that it was entering into.”
– Wallis Bird in conversation with Alice Goodwin.
“That’s when forever was forever. When forever really meant forever. When you’re that young you can be anything you want to be, and then all of a sudden you’re thirty and forever has a whole new meaning”
– Lissie spoke to Clare O’Hanlon about stumbling upon an old photograph of her and her siblings in their Grandpa Bob’s and how it influenced the title track of the album.
“I think money and people’s feelings about money are really complicated especially around ART, and especially in a time of economic panic. I just try not to take shit too personally, and I try to focus on the important part: making things. Explaining myself ad nauseum is a waste of energy and will, if I keep doing it, suck the very life out of me.”
“I’ve done a few records in France and language is such a complicated thing, especially where English isn’t the first language and you don’t know what you’re doing. They are more into the groove of the music.”
– Manic Street Preacher’s Nicky Ware spoke to Stephen Byrne about the difference between Rewind The Film and 2014’s album Futurology.
“Yoko asked me to perform her famous performance piece called Cut Piece for the Meltdown Festival she curated this past June. The cut piece is where one person is on stage fully clothed sitting there with a pair of scissors in front of them and the audience is invited to cut the clothes off that person until the person is completely naked. It was a once in a lifetime incredible experience.”
“We are big fans of food, so everywhere we go we need to try something that’s specific to the area. In Ottawa, what’s specific to them is this thing…[looks at Ellie] Otter or Beaver Tails?” said Louise.
“Beaver” Ellie confirms.
“Yeah, Beaver Tails. It’s not actually Beaver Tails. It’s like a flattened doughnut thing, but when we played our gig there they just kept telling us we had to try Beaver Tails and we hadn’t a clue what they were talking about.”
“For the ‘Unknown Rooms’ cover we rented a room at an old sort of abandoned hotel in the bay area of California that used to be a brothel. Each room is named after a different woman who used to live and work there and it feels very full (sic) of energy and stories.”
“It’s pretty foggy now to be honest, it was pretty late. I had seen Rhos and Liam in their former band and thought they were deadly and I heard they were breaking up so I targeted Rhos in the campsite after, not in a creepy way. I was probably hustling and scooting up beside him. It was really late, big tent, everybody singing, drinking. It was in one of those big dome tents, everyone having a good time.” The new addition to the band and silent but deadly, Sean O’Brien, then chimes in with – “Sounds a bit Brokeback Mountain to me.” A roar of laughter is let off as Stephen takes control again, “Ahhh it wasn’t. I was like ‘so do you want to do something?’ and he said ‘no’. I was like a girl, I went in for the kill and was shot down. I then just stalked him after and really creeped on him until he was mine.” More laughter. “This answer has gone very awry hasn’t it?”