Thursday 14th April 2016

Silas Dilkes

Where are you from?

What do you do?
I play guitar in Lice.

Describe your style in three words?
Floral Swim Shorts.

You can make a record with anyone from history?
Tony Cohen, the man behind The Birthday Party. As a purveyor of unorthodox recording techniques, his stand out ideas to me include recording the vocals to 'The Hair Shirt' through a telephone and surrounding a Twin Reverb with corrugated iron while recording the guitar to 'Release The Bats'. Both sound incredible. We could definitely embrace that side of recording.

What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to and why?
I saw Spiritualized play 'Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space' in full at The Barbican with my brother last year which is a special memory. A phenomenal album played excellently & they encored with 'Out Of Sight', maybe my favourite Spiritualized song.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
Despite their ascensions far beyond nationality: PJ Harvey, Genesis P-Orridge, Mark E Smith, Ben Wallers.

You can spend an hour with anyone from history?
Rowland Howard. Utterly berserk guitarist and patron saint of the Fender Jaguar.

Which British subculture means the most to you?
I think Alastair would harm me if I didn’t mention Bristol here, but with good reason. From Howling Owl Records to Harry Furniss’ no-wave madness the music here is authentically experimental & completely fantastic. Personal favourites include Jesuits, Repo-Man & Velcro Hooks. Here is a loving plug to Alastair’s series 'BRISTOL’S GOLDEN AGE'.

If you could share the bill with any British band in history?
I would have picked The Fall, but we somehow managed that last May. In which case, while I don’t think we’d sit too well with them, Spacemen 3.

What music did you listen to growing up?
I know my parents took me to a lot of great music festivals when I was very young, yet somehow my overriding song memory here is 'Justified and Ancient' by the KLF. I thought it was about the Moomins which I imagine heavily enticed me as a child. This isn’t in anyway representative of what my parents listened to when I was growing up though and I thank them for introducing me to a lot of music that Lice has dismembered, regurgitated and rehashed. Sorry Jane & Andy…

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