Friday, 6 September 2013

ALIBI: An interview with Scottish folksters Paper Crowns!

PART 1 - THE 'INTERVIEW'1 - Had you been involved with any other bands prior to Paper Crowns?
Jack – "smallPRINT, briefly substitute fiddle player for Matt Norris & The Moon."
Stuart (cue essay) – "100 Paper Boats, Where We Lay Our Heads, Shauna Joy, Anna Sweeney, Ross Mitchell, Algernon Doll, Scott McWatt, Starling Heist. A few more briefly/one off gigs."
Molly and Abigail – "Paper Crowns is our first venture into the world of popular music..."
2 - How did Paper Crowns begin?
"Jack wrote some songs. Jack got bored. At Christmas Abigail came, played some gigs. Seemed to go well. Sounded like there could be a bigger sound (i.e. Jack and Abigail argued too much). Molly played cello. Stuart played percussion."

3 - Where did the name Paper Crowns come from?
Jack – "Me and Abigail were walking along after recording Alibi (we still didn’t have a name). Abigail just sort of pulled it out of thin air, seemed to work so we went with it."
4 - How would you describe the sound of Paper Crowns?
Jack – "I guess popular folk. We have backgrounds in classical music and Scottish folk, so we’re probably heavily influenced by that."
5 - You've made a few songs available online already. One of these is 'Alibi' - a heartfelt acoustic ballad. What is the song itself about?
Jack – "The breakdown of a relationship really. The verses are memories and the chorus is one of the people involved trying to disengage themselves with those memories."
6 - Who would be your dream collaboration?
Jack – "Daughter. Please let us collaborate with Daughter."
Abigail – "Bon Iver would be amazing."
Stuart – "I think Lisa Hannigan would be a lovely collaboration with this stuff."
Molly – "Snarky Puppy would make my life."

7 - Any new songs in the pipeline?
Abigail – "1000000000000000000"
8 - Any new singles, EP's or album to be released in the near future?
"Hopefully an EP will be on the way before Christmas."
9 - Any live dates coming up?
"We’re playing at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Saturday 7th September supporting Blood Relatives and Eliza and the Bear. Should be class! Also supporting King Charles in Glasgow Uni Freshers Week."
10 - Who would be in your dream super group?
Jack – "James Blake, Dave King (drummer from The Bad Plus), Marcus Mumford, Nicola Benedetti, Jimmy Page and Steve Garrigan (singer from Kodaline)."
Abigail - "Itzhak Perlman, Stephane Grappelli, Eva Cassidy, Simon and Garfunkel and Jeff Buckley."
Stuart – "This would depend too much on the kind of band for me"
Molly – "Jacqueline Du Pre, Morrissey, Jimi Hendrix, Ben Howard and Newton Faulkner."

1 - Favourite Beatle?
Jack – "Mr Harrison."
Abigail – "John."
Stuart – "George or John."
Molly – "John Lennon."

2 - Favourite band?
Jack – "Too many. Some are The Lumineers, Little Comets, Mumford & Sons and Dry The River."
Abigail – "Bon Iver/Mumford/Elbow."
Stuart – "Too difficult. Elbow, Frabbit and Sigur Ros would all be in with a shout."
Molly – "Far too many to chose between - Twin Atlantic, Snarky Puppy, Coldplay, Parov Stelar, Mumford and Sons to mention a few!"
3 - Favourite new band?
Jack – "Victorian Trout Conspiracy."
Abigail – "The Black Diamond Express."
Stuart – "Milo Greene are new to me."
Molly – "All Souled Out."
4 - Favourite song?
Jack – "Again, not a clue. At the moment ‘No Rest’ by Dry The River."
Abigail – "Right now ‘Awake My Soul’ - Mumford and Sons."
Stuart – "‘Old Fashioned’ - Frabbit."
Molly – "At the moment? ‘Booty Swing’ - Parov Stelar"
5 - Favourite album?
Jack - "'Sigh No More' - Mumford & Sons."
Abigail – "‘Songs of Robert Burns’ - Eddi Reader."
Stuart – "Either ‘Build a Rocket Boys’ - Elbow or ‘Diamond Mine’ - King Creosote and Jon Hopkins."
Molly – "‘Mylo Xyloto’ – Coldplay."
6 - Vinyl, CD or download?
Abigail – "Don't have a record player, so probably CD."
Stuart – "Wish it was vinyl but download in reality."
Molly – "Download or CD if I’m in love with the album."
7 - Style icon?
Jack – "Probably get most of the fashion advice from my sisters..."
Abigail – "Jack and his pink denim jacket."
Stuart – "I have zero style sense. Although Calum Ingram's Shirt was pretty special."
Molly – "Elias Rooney (for his style in cello playing)."
8 - Favourite clothing brand?
Jack – "Toms have a good 'one for one' thing and cool shoes (don't own a pair yet...)"
Stuart – "Converse!"
Molly – "If I like it I'll buy it."
Abigail – "What Molly said."
9 - Favourite film?
Jack – "School of Rock (closely followed by Star Wars)."
Abigail – "Breakfast at Tiffanys and many more"
Stuart – "Star Wars (geek)."
Molly – "The Holiday."
10 - Favourite TV show?
Jack – "Father Ted."
Abigail – "Sherlock/Merlin/Lost/too many."
Stuart – "Treme."
Molly – "One Tree Hill/Brothers and Sisters/Sex and the City (Molly has since been disowned from the band)."
11 - Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
Jack – "Michael Cera would be hilarious."
Abigail – "Zooey Deschanel."
Stuart – "Benedict Cumberbatch would do a cooler job than me."
Molly – "Carrie Bradshaw."
12 - Favourite food?
Jack – "Pizza."
Abigail – "Italian."
Stuart – "Pizza."
Molly – "Cupcakes."
13 - Football team?
Jack – "Heart of Midlothian."
Abigail – "Hearts."
Stuart – "Morton."
Molly - "Hearts."

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