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Emily 7

Musicians — Dublin

Name, where are you from?
We’re Emily 7 from Dublin. Kyle Bellew (Guitar and Vocals), Scott Bellew (Drums), Daniel Clarke (Guitar), Brandon Carrig (Bass).

What do you do?
We make loud music that you can sing along to.

Describe your style in three words?
Practical, original, timeless.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
K: The best gig I’ve ever been to would probably have to be when I saw The Who when they were touring ‘Quadrophenia’ a few years ago. The noise was deafening, the band were on top form, and seeing them perform that album was really an experience for me.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
K: It would probably have to be Queen because I personally don’t think anyone compares to them when it comes to live bands so they’d be able to show you how it’s done, and the second would probably be The Dubliners because I’d say they had some wild nights and reckon they would’ve been good Craic too!

Which subcultures have influenced you?
K: I’d say the subculture that has inspired me the most would probably have to be the Mod subculture just because I think the style and the whole imagery surrounding it is second to none, but I also love everything that punk stood for and the whole attitude around the punk movement.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
K: Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys. I just think it would be fascinating to listen to some of the stories he may have or to see him working in the studio and talk about songwriting and music in general. He’s a musical genius and I genuinely believe in hundreds of years he will be looked upon the same way people look at Mozart and Beethoven now.

Of all the independent venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
B: Aras Chronin was always very homely, and it was one of the first venues I’ve played so it has a special place in my heart, but we shot a live stream in Whelans a few months ago, and the history in that venue is unmatched.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
B: I was only talking to Scott the other day about how Karen Carpenter’s incredible songwriting ability and just general musicianship, I always feel she’s just overlooked in the grand scheme of things.

The first track you played on repeat?
I remember listening to a lot of songs on repeat when I was younger, but 'Vincent' by Don McLean is a song that throughout my whole life, I can’t skip past.

A song that defines the teenage you?
B: 'Love Gun' by Kiss. No questions asked.

One record you would keep forever?
D: A record that I’d keep forever would be The 1975’s self-titled album.
That album was seminal to me growing up and changed how I viewed guitar music.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
D: “Never let a clock tell you what you got time for, It only goes around, goes around, goes around”

From 'A Hero’s Death' by Fontaines D.C.

A song you wished you had written?
D: 'Killer' by Phoebe Bridgers, she’s such an accessible songwriter, the second verse in that song floors me every time.

Best song to turn up loud?
D: 'You Think I Aint Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire' by Queens of the Stone Age. You can’t not feel cool listening to that…

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
S: 'Nuthin’ but a "G" Thang' by Dr Dre really opened my eyes to hip-hop and rap. I’d class this as the track that really opened my mind in terms of exploring different genres and it also helped me in applying techniques I discovered to my own style of playing.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
S: The only song that guarantees a glimpse of my dancing shoes is 'Murder On The Dancefloor' by Sophie Ellis-Bexter, whenever I hear it I picture one of those classic seedy underground nightclubs with the red lights and black and white squared floor, I just can’t resist the urge to act like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever whenever I hear it hahaha.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
S: 'Harvest Moon' by Neil Young, I love sitting twisted at the end of the night after all the madness is over, lighting a smoke and thinking about the events of the past night.

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
S: I’m really digging For Those I Love at the moment, I really like spoken word poetry and his fusion of spoken word, rap and house really amazed me. Kenan Flannery from Dublin is another guy I’ve got my eyes on I’ve known him for a while and he never fails to impress. Finally, Megan Wyn from Wales is a friend of ours who released a track called 'Polaroid' which we’re big fans of!

Name, where are you from?
We’re Emily 7 from Dublin. Kyle Bellew (Guitar and Vocals), Scott Bellew (Drums), Daniel Clarke (Guitar), Brandon Carrig (Bass).

What do you do?
We make loud music that you can sing along to.

Describe your style in three words?
Practical, original, timeless.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
K: The best gig I’ve ever been to would probably have to be when I saw The Who when they were touring ‘Quadrophenia’ a few years ago. The noise was deafening, the band were on top form, and seeing them perform that album was really an experience for me.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
K: It would probably have to be Queen because I personally don’t think anyone compares to them when it comes to live bands so they’d be able to show you how it’s done, and the second would probably be The Dubliners because I’d say they had some wild nights and reckon they would’ve been good Craic too!

Which subcultures have influenced you?
K: I’d say the subculture that has inspired me the most would probably have to be the Mod subculture just because I think the style and the whole imagery surrounding it is second to none, but I also love everything that punk stood for and the whole attitude around the punk movement.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
K: Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys. I just think it would be fascinating to listen to some of the stories he may have or to see him working in the studio and talk about songwriting and music in general. He’s a musical genius and I genuinely believe in hundreds of years he will be looked upon the same way people look at Mozart and Beethoven now.

Of all the independent venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
B: Aras Chronin was always very homely, and it was one of the first venues I’ve played so it has a special place in my heart, but we shot a live stream in Whelans a few months ago, and the history in that venue is unmatched.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
B: I was only talking to Scott the other day about how Karen Carpenter’s incredible songwriting ability and just general musicianship, I always feel she’s just overlooked in the grand scheme of things.

The first track you played on repeat?
I remember listening to a lot of songs on repeat when I was younger, but 'Vincent' by Don McLean is a song that throughout my whole life, I can’t skip past.

A song that defines the teenage you?
B: 'Love Gun' by Kiss. No questions asked.

One record you would keep forever?
D: A record that I’d keep forever would be The 1975’s self-titled album.
That album was seminal to me growing up and changed how I viewed guitar music.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
D: “Never let a clock tell you what you got time for, It only goes around, goes around, goes around”

From 'A Hero’s Death' by Fontaines D.C.

A song you wished you had written?
D: 'Killer' by Phoebe Bridgers, she’s such an accessible songwriter, the second verse in that song floors me every time.

Best song to turn up loud?
D: 'You Think I Aint Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire' by Queens of the Stone Age. You can’t not feel cool listening to that…

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
S: 'Nuthin’ but a "G" Thang' by Dr Dre really opened my eyes to hip-hop and rap. I’d class this as the track that really opened my mind in terms of exploring different genres and it also helped me in applying techniques I discovered to my own style of playing.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
S: The only song that guarantees a glimpse of my dancing shoes is 'Murder On The Dancefloor' by Sophie Ellis-Bexter, whenever I hear it I picture one of those classic seedy underground nightclubs with the red lights and black and white squared floor, I just can’t resist the urge to act like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever whenever I hear it hahaha.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
S: 'Harvest Moon' by Neil Young, I love sitting twisted at the end of the night after all the madness is over, lighting a smoke and thinking about the events of the past night.

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
S: I’m really digging For Those I Love at the moment, I really like spoken word poetry and his fusion of spoken word, rap and house really amazed me. Kenan Flannery from Dublin is another guy I’ve got my eyes on I’ve known him for a while and he never fails to impress. Finally, Megan Wyn from Wales is a friend of ours who released a track called 'Polaroid' which we’re big fans of!

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