Saturday, May 22, 2010

From the Archives - Adrian Crowley Interview

Songs To Learn And Sing - Adrian Crowley Interview

Adrian came up to the studio in Dublin City FM last year, upon the release of his fifth album Season of the Sparks, to chat and play some records. Since then he's won the Choice Music Award for Irish Album of the Year 2009, rereleased the album on Chemical Underground Records and played some great gigs all over the place, most recently to a packed out Whelan's in April.

Adrian Crowley - Season of the Sparks
(Chemical Underground Records, 2009)

We chatted about his career to date, his first gigs, James Yorkston, the Fence Collective, and the recording process. Adrian talked about touring and the how the 23 hours of the day leading up to your performance can be incredibly boring: "The things that you notice, the things that you start talking about with others or even to yourself. It's unbelievable, it's kind of like stir crazy in motion, you can really bond with people in that situation and it's very surreal. I've made some amazing friends touring, some of them I've never seen again, some of them I see all the time and we all think it's a strange existence and no one's really sure whether or not they want to get used to it. If you get used to it then maybe there's something a bit wrong with you."

Adrian played tracks by Boa Morte, Jeremy Enick, Smog and Gareth Dickson. Youtube videos for some of the tracks chosen by Adrian are below.

Gareth Dickson - Two Trains
(from Gareth's 2005 debut album Spruce Goose, he also tours with Vashti Bunyan as her guitarist)

Jeremy Enick - Shade and the Black Hat
(live version of the track from Jeremy's 1996 debut solo record, Return of the Frog Queen) 

Smog - Bathysphere
(taken from Smog's fourth album Wild Love released on Drag City back in 1995)

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