Tuesday 24th July 2018

Photograph by Rowan Allen

Name, where are you from?
Gabriel, currently living in Catford, London.

Describe your style in three words?
Slightly too large.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
It’s moments like these I wish I kept my ticket stubs so I could have a look through… off the top of my head, seeing Slowdive last year was beautiful - probably because it was so unexpected too.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Fall and The Pogues would be solid, mainly so I could be there to watch the inevitable fight when the rider runs out.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Goths and bronies.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Someone like Copernicus or Galileo so I could blow their minds with my visionary knowledge of the cosmos and Neil deGrasse Tyson Youtube videos. Anyone I could freak out with stuff from the future really.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Maybe not my favourite ever to play, but the Montague Arms will always hold a heavy nostalgic value for me and the others in the band. It had a disproportionately high stage for the size of the room which always lent gigs there a weird gravity, even to smaller shows... sadly it’s the latest in the current unhappy stretch of music venue casualties.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Not necessarily unsung but often under-looked. Gary Burger / The Monks: punk before punk, rhythmically and stylistically avant-garde, cool as fuck.. they were a group of American soldiers stationed in West Germany in the 60's, but as far as I know their music wasn’t sold in the US for a while because it was seen as too out there, politically and musically. There are some live videos online that are really worth checking out.

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