Thursday, 16 October 2014

Bad Cardigan Q&A

Your name: 
Johnny Anwyl (Manager with no musical talent whatsoever).

Where are you from? 
North West England, Lancashire, Accrington/Blackburn area.

Name of band: 
Bad Cardigan.

Who else is in your band?  
Tom Randall and Jack Anwyl.

How would you describe yourselves? 
Acoustic, contemporary/alt folk.

Who are your main influences musically? 
John Frusciante, Alex Turner, Hendrix, Dallas Green, The Doors, Bon Iver and many, many more.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
To maintain our originality and integrity, to continue to gig far and wide, to grow musically and lyrically. It would be great to achieve financial independence - to earn enough to sustain it as a full-time passion. We love playing live music, and would like to give up the day jobs! We're not interested in the fame culture that is blighting the music industry today, we just want to be able to focus 100 per cent on our music and still be able to eat and have a pint or two at the end of the week.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
This is almost impossible to answer......supporting The Levellers at Manchester and Liverpool Academies, playing at Beautiful Days last year.....there is one moment that stands out though. Playing at Bristol Folk Festival this year, the power went down, so we unplugged stepped into the audience and played without the PA, you could have heard a pin drop. It was one of those goosebump moments.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
Spending about £250 for a round trip to London to play at a non-paying gig attended by six people, where the outside temperature was -5C.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
The Mystery. Although we're only 20, our experience of people falling foul of drugs and alcohol is pretty extensive. This song captures a lot of what we are about - being contemporary and real. It also demonstrates our love of harmonies and our attention to meaningful lyrics....that sounds a bit pompous but we don't sing about about skipping through fields of swaying golden corn with flowers in our hair - that doesn't happen much up here.

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?The most enjoyable gigs that we have ever played are those at which it feels as though the audience are on stage with us. Size of venue and attendance are irrelevant in most cases, we enjoy a bit of banter with the audience and once they're with us we're in our element.

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