Thursday 15 November 2018

Q&A: Giveamanakick

Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Who inspired you to start making music?

Steve: Listening to Abbey Road, The White Album, and Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on my dad's record player when I was quite young. I used to try and read the lyric sheet along with the music so I could get it off by heart. Octopus's Garden thrilled me; A Day In The Life was like listening to the best dream I'd ever had; and Helter Skelter changed my life. Even at that age, I knew what it was what I had to do..

Keith: I was incredibly hooked on Nirvana when I was 14 which opened me up to Soundgarden, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth and loads more. What really inspired me to play music was a local band in Limerick called Tooth. They used to practice up the road from my house and I would sit outside and listen to them.

What has been your personal highlights?

Keith: Playing with some of our heroes such as Deftones, Presidents Of The USA, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lightning Bolt, Dinosaur Jr, Rocket From The Crypt, The Undertones and loads more was incredible. Also, having large crowds turn out for us at Oxegen and Electric Picnic was great and humbling. Flying places to play is cool. I want to do more of that.

Steve: Our Limerick album launches have always been incredibly special; Electric Picnic 2006 when we played at around noon on Sunday morning but still hundreds of people came to see us; and, of course, playing with my absolute all time heroes, Dinosaur Jr.

What are your plans and hopes for 2008?

Keith: World domination.

Steve: We're gonna release our third album, Welcome To The Cusp, and we're gonna play as many shows as humanly possible. We're planning a new kind of show for the album launch tour and we're pretty excited about it. Towards October/November, we'll be taking over the world.

Generally, what do you think of the current Irish music scene?

Keith: It's great, but it does need more people coming to shows. I think clubs are coming back again and people are leaving it later before going out because of the smoking ban and the price of drink. I think live music in smaller towns has been really affected by that.

Steve: It's healthy in that it's been a particularly active time for Irish music over the past year. A lot of exciting and original live bands are coming to the fore too. I don't think music fans are ready to accept mediocre bands being pushed down their throat anymore. And that's a good thing.

Downloading and touring have become more dominant revenue streams. How do you intend to seize these opportunities?

Steve: Well, we tour a lot, and we're going to push our live show as far as two people can. We want the audience to walk away unable to ever forget that they've seen Giveamanakick.

Keith: We'll play a lot and have our music available for download. We have some tricks up our sleeves too. You'll see!

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