Saturday, 28 September 2013

WILL FLY: An interview with indie rock five-piece Callahan!

1 - What is your earliest musical memory and what pushed you towards pursuing a career in the music business? 
Jonny - "Velvet Underground and Nico."
Donny - "Johnny Cash, a man who came from nothing."
Ben- "I just like playing bass."
Nathan - "Listening to Elephant by The White Stripes."
Joe - "First time I played the drums."
2 - Had you been involved in any other bands or musical ventures before Callahan?
Nothing serious before this.
3 - How did Callahan begin?
"Three members of the band all put themselves forward to playing a replacement slot at a gig, they then got together seriously, then we recruited another guitarist and a drummer."
4 - Where did the name Callahan come from?
"The film Dirty Harry, Donny was off his box watching Dirty Harry and said “we should be called 'Callahan'." 
5 - How would you describe the sound of Callahan?
"We’re a mixed bag, we take influence from The Who mainly though."
6 - The first song you ever wrote together is called 'Will Fly' - it seems to have inspiration from the britpop movement of the 90's. What is the song itself about and what influenced it?
"Moving on from people that hold you down, and in terms of influences: Primal Scream."
7 - Do you have any 'rituals' before you go on stage?
"Donny has an uncontrollable bladder and then we go on and play."
8 - Any live dates coming up?
"We’re playing the Billingham Catholic Club on the 19th of September and the Westgarth Social Club on October the 5th."
9 - Any new songs in the pipeline?
"Yeah, plenty."
10 - When can fans expect the next official release?
"Hopefully an EP before the year is out."
11 - Who would be your dream collaboration?
"The Who around the time of Live at Leeds."
12 - Who would be in your dream super group?
"Guitarists - Jack White and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, bassist - Les Claypool, vocalist-Noel Gallagher and drummer - Neil Peart."
1 - Favourite Beatle?
Jonny - "Cowboy."
Donny - "Rhinoceros."
Ben - "Volkswagen."
Nathan - "Ringo Starr."
Joe - "Stag."
2 - Favourite band?
Jonny - "Goat."
Donny - "Pink Floyd."
Ben - "The Who."
Nathan - "The White Stripes."
Joe - "Rush."
3 - Favourite new band?
Jonny - "John Wizards."
Donny - "Beady Eye."
Ben - "Walk off the Earth."
Nathan - "The Dead Weather."
Joe - "Mastodon."
4 - Favourite song?
Jonny - "Lola - The Kinks."
Donny - "Time - Pink Floyd."
Ben - "Safety Dance - Men Without Hats."
Nathan - "Ball and Biscuit - The White Stripes."
Joe - "Bulls on Parade - Rage Against The Machine."
5 - Favourite album?
Jonny - "Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth."
Donny - "Second Coming - The Stone Roses."
Ben - "Live at Leeds - The Who."
Nathan - "Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not - Arctic Monkeys."
Joe - "2112- Rush."
6 - Vinyl, CD or download?
Jonny - "Vinyl."
Donny - "Vinyl."
Ben - "Download."
Nathan - "CD."
Joe - "Download."
7 - Style icon?
Jonny - "Wurzel Gummidge."
Donny - "Shaggy from Scooby Doo."
Ben - "Emo Teenage Girls."
Nathan - "My Mam picks my clothes."
Joe - "Clown from Slipknot."
8 - Favourite clothing brand?
Jonny - "Delicious Junction."
Donny - "Fred Perry."
Ben - "HMV T-shirts."
Nathan - "Florence and Fred."
Joe - "Topman."
9 - Favourite film?
Jonny - "Fight Club."
Donny - "Dirty Harry."
Ben - "True Romance."
Nathan - "Role Models."
Joe - "Anchorman."
10 - Favourite TV show?
Jonny - "Supermarket Sweep."
Donny - "Tipping Point."
Ben - "Countdown."
Nathan - "Catchphrase."
Joe - "Pointless."
11 - Who would play you in a film of your life?
Jonny - "Gary Oldman."
Donny - "Morgan Freeman."
Ben - "Johnny Vegas."
Nathan - "Chris Martin."
Joe - "Will Ferrell."
12 - Favourite food?
Jonny - "Pizza with Jalapenos."
Donny - "Curry and Chips."
Ben - "KFC."
Nathan - "Veggie Sunday Dinner."
Joe - "Tuna Pasta bake."
13 - Football team?
Jonny - "Middlesbrough."
Donny - "Middlesbrough."
Ben - "England."
Nathan - "England."
Joe - "England."
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