Dan Lyons


Sunday 14th May 2017

Photograph by Shannen Long

Name, where are you from?
Dan Lyons, I’m from Kent.

Describe your style in three words?
Cats in Crisis.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
I saw Goat at WOMAD with Freya last year and they were brilliant.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and The Beatles. I’d like to see whether George Harrison and Tom would still form the Wilbury’s whilst The Beatles were together. Maybe in a parallel universe that’s the reason for the break-up…

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Punk was a big one and New Wave. I listened to a lot of '90s Hip-Hop when I was younger too.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Sigmund Freud. I’d really like to talk to him about my dreams. I get sleep paralysis all the time - and these lucid, feature-length nightmares at least three times a week. I’d like to know if he had any secret tips for calming them down a bit.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate. It’s amazing. It’s the smallest theatre in Europe, and the sound is brilliant. It’s all red, with gilded wallpaper and a lovely piano in the corner. It’s like something from a David Lynch film.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Grant McLennan from The Go-Betweens. They’re one of my all time favourite bands, and they made countless brilliant albums but never quite got their day in the sun.

Dan Lyons is set to release his new EP 'Special People' on 10th May 2019. Find out more here.

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