What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.

Mark: I met Gormie through friends I was in an old band with. He told me he had been writing music so I asked him to send some on. I was very into what I heard and asked if he had more, this eventually turned into us writing music together. We both knew Morgan and King from college and at first were looking for people to just jam with to see how our songs sounded when played live. Eventually we asked them to just be part of the band.

Morgan: We met in music college. I had known all of the guys from just being part of the live music scene in Dublin – we all played in other bands at the time. Mark and Gormie came to me and asked me to play drums after I had played over some of their ideas, and I was really into their sound, so I came on board. Us being close friends in the first place really affects our experience in this band – we’re really comfortable with one another.

Conor G: started with myself and Mark writing songs together. This came about when my girlfriend told him I write songs and he asked to hear one. He obviously wasn’t too traumatised by what he heard, as we spent nearly every weekend together that summer making tunes in my bedroom. At the end of the summer we wanted to start playing with other people and so enlisted Morgan’s help on drums so that we could find a bass player. Morgan became our permanent drummer and we played with two other bass players before asking Conor King to come jam with us.

Conor K: As the lads said, we all went to college together and met there, I think out of everyone I knew Conor Gorman first but I was aware of Morgan and Mark just from being around, Conor Gorman sent me a couple of tunes (I think one was an early version of A Little More) and I was really into the tunes, at the time I was playing with a couple of different artists around Dublin.

Provide us with some info about your latest release…

Mark: We recorded ‘1’ with our good friend and producer, Adam Redmond. Adam is essentially our fifth member and we wouldn’t have been able to create the sound/journey we have without him. We’re very excited for people to hear it. A lot of time and hard work went into creating it. I find inspiration in most creative mediums. In music my biggest influences are Bon Iver and George Daniel for their progressiveness in pop music, always pushing it to new limits. Outside of music Raymond Pettibon, David Shrigley, John Baldessari and Kurt Vonnegut would be my main influences for their general outlook on life and how they created such influential and progressive art in their fields without any pretence.

Morgan: 1 is our debut EP. We made it with our producer and great friend Adam Redmond in Flaked Studios over the last number of months. It features three of our singles and two new pieces of music, one being a two-part instrumental. It’s something we’re all very proud of and I’m excited for people to hear it. My main influences music-wise are Bon Iver and LCD Soundsystem for their innovation and their energy, while I’ve always loved David Shrigley outside of music. His simplicity, astuteness and conviction are what I aim for both in music and in general.

Conor G: It has been nearly two years in the making since we first recorded ‘Drama Queen’ and it has been a really fun journey to finally get it to a place where we’re happy for people to hear it. It has 6 songs on it, one featuring our good friends in ‘Search Party Animal’.

Conor K: We’re really excited to have the EP out there, it’s the result of many peoples hard work, we don’t have a manager or label so everything has been very hands on. I think it’s a great introduction to us and what we’re about, I’m looking forward to seeing people’s response to it. In lockdown i’ve spent a large amount of time listening to Motown music, I think they’re such good songs at the core and the arrangements are amazing. Outside of music i’m definitely trying to take more time to go for walks and appreciate nature, I’m from rural ireland but I’ve been in Dublin since lockdown began and I’m looking forward to going home when i can and notice things that I might have taken for granted previously.

Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?

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In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?

Mark: Our sound differs from most genre-related music because we’re such big music fans. You can’t call yourself a music fan and only exclusively listen to rock because then you’re not a music fan, you’re a rock music fan. None of us listen to any particular genre exclusively. We’ve always tried to include aspects of all the different types of music we love when writing/recording. We never go into a song with a specific idea or genre in mind, we just kind of write a song and see what it can turn into.

Morgan: I think our sound is layered, nuanced and cohesive. We’ve always tried to innovate and include unusual, distinct sounds and samples in our music. No matter how different the style of each song may be, I’d hope that spirit is present in all of them.

Conor G: Music wise, we all love very different styles of music and so bring elements from all those into what we’re working on. There’s always going to be a catchy pop element to our music but everything else can change from song to song. Outside of music, I’m not inspired by much, maybe photographs of good times or beautiful landscapes.

Conor K: I’d have to echo what the lads have said here, I don’t think we’ve put any labels on what we do other than “pop” which can mean anything really. I think that there is great detail taken with everything we make.

Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…

Mark:
My albums – ‘22, A million’ by Bon Iver
‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana
‘Dogrel’ by Fontaines DC

Movies – The Warriors
The Princess Bride
Hell or High Water

Books – Just Kids by Patti Smith
Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut
Junky by William Burroughs

Morgan – My albums would be ‘22, A Million’ by Bon Iver, ‘re:member’ by Olafur Arnalds and ‘Is This It’ by The Strokes. Movies, I’d go with Pulp Fiction, Her and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. The three books I’d choose would have to be Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris, S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.

Conor G – Desert island albums – The Joshua Tree, Because of The Times and ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.’
Desert island movies – A Bronx Tale, Shawshank Redemption and The Dark Knight.
Desert island books – I’m ashamed to say I don’t really read, but I am going to try and improve on this.

Conor K – My albums would be Nas – Illmatic, Tom Misch – Beat Tape 2 and For All We Know – NAO.
Films – Talladega Nights, Pulp Fiction and Silence Of The Lambs
Books – Queslove’s Autobiography – Mo Meta Blues, 1984 – George Orwell and Standing In The Shadows Of Motown

Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?

Mark: I would personally prefer being in the studio. I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the creative energy in the room. I’ve personally never been a fan of my own voice so singing on stage can be like torture depending on how I feel on the night. I always enjoy performing live once I’m on stage and playing, I just don’t enjoy the anxiety leading up to it.

Morgan – I’m sure this answer has been influenced by not playing a show in so long, but right now I’d choose performing live. I really love seeing the audience respond and the kind of unique give and take that happens as a performer. It’s become really integral to my self-expression and i’m very happy to be able to do it with people I value so much.

Conor G – I like both pretty equally. The buzz of seeing people singing your songs and the buzz of an idea coming to life and working are both pretty special to me.

Conor K: I would also say both as they bring different things, for me I love the creativity of a studio and working with different people bringing different ideas to the table but I’m definitely missing playing live a lot.

Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?

Mark: I think Gormie’s answer is the best because it was a ‘so low the only way is up’ type situation.

Conor G – We went on our first tour last December with Delorentos. We were on a tight budget so we asked to stay with friends we knew in the different cities. The house we turned up to in Limerick was an awful student house that had no heating, half the doors locked, no beds and a couple of armchairs for us to sleep on. Thankfully, we found a replacement. It was probably my favourite night we had because we were in such a bad situation, we had no choice but to laugh at it all.

Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?

Mark: Saudade, an 8 minute instrumental on a band’s first EP feels like a pretty ambitious thing to do and I think we did a good job.

Conor G – Saudade, from our EP. Both parts 1 and 2. It’s an 8 minute instrumental which I don’t think a lot of people would expect from us at all – definitely not on our first release.

Conor K: I would also say Saudade, That;s a song we’ve never played live so nobody knows what to expect from it, I’m really looking forward to seeing how people react.

Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?

Mark: We’re getting back into the studio as soon as possible to work on the next EP and hopefully we’ll be able to share some of those songs with people at live shows soon.

Conor G – Hopefully we’ll be able to play gigs soon both in Ireland and abroad – we’re also going to try to get back in the studio as soon as possible to start recording some new material. We have lots of new ideas and are excited to share them with you all.

Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…

How has Covid impacted the release of your EP?

It had a profound impact. Approaching the release, we were very well prepared and had a set plan in place, but we had to rethink lots of things as we were prohibited from meeting up. It also didn’t help that Mark was stuck in America for around two months. We had an initial artwork idea but we obviously couldn’t do a photoshoot, so Mark had to take something himself. We also had a video shoot, but that was also cancelled – Conor Gorman painstakingly spliced together lots of old footage we had to make some accompanying visuals for Treat Me. We’re looking forward to normality resuming and being able to get out and play again.

Curated by: Christos Doukakis

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