Thursday, 15 May 2014

Pelicans Q&A

Your name: 
Mark Sheridan.

Where are you from? 
Dublin, Ireland.

Name of band: 
We are called Pelicans.

Who else is in your band?  
Well I'm the bass player. David Bridgeman is the singer, Eric Fitzgerald is the lead guitarist and John Phelan is the drummer.

How would you describe yourselves? 
I'd say that we're a band with a dreamy and increasingly dark sound. We use lots of guitar delays and effects and have a tightly focused rhythm section underneath. It's really nice that we're often compared to bands such as The Cure and The Maccabees, we love these bands. We started off with a more radio orientated style but our recent music is taking a heavier turn than the older stuff, which I think is helping us refine our sound more. Mostly, we love playing live and are always writing new material whenever we can.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Mine would be bass players such as Flea, Victor Wooten and also Geddy Lee. My ideas for fills and bass licks often come from something I have learned from listening to them play. As a band though, we have a huge range of influences across many genres of music.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
We enjoy playing together so much that it would be great to play shows more often and release material on a regular basis. Hopefully we'll get a following of people that like listening to our music as much as we enjoy playing it.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
Last Summer we played a gig in Paris on my birthday. There was a great crowd there and the gig was brilliant. We got a great taste of what it's like to be on tour in a foreign country. We can't wait to taste more.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
Not really right now. Everything so far, the good and bad, has been a great learning experience for us.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
Out of the songs we have released I would pick Sylvie. I think it shows our sound progression from our earlier music very well. Our new stuff has more bite to it I think, and it's shown in Sylvie.

Where can we listen to it? 
You can listen to it on our soundcloud page, along with the rest of our Day Tours EP:

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask? 
Thanks very much for promoting Indie artists like us. We'd get nowhere by ourselves.

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