PAWS

Scotland

Saturday 25th March 2017

What are your names?
Phillip Taylor, Joshua Swinney, John Bonnar

Where are you from?
Phillip: Well, we all live in Scotland in different places, but I am originally from the Highlands in Scotland. Josh is from Edinburgh but we met in the Highlands at the same school. John is from Glasgow.

Describe your style in 3 words:
Phillip: Rock and roll.

What is the first song that you remember playing on repeat?
John: ‘Fairground’ by Simply Red
Josh: ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It’ by REM.
John: Or maybe ‘Ninja Rap’ by Vanilla Ice, actually.
Phillip: That’s shite. It was probably ‘2 Become 1’ by The Spice Girls, which I used to love. I still do love The Spice Girls.

What is the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Phillip: Seeing Sonic Youth playing ‘Daydream Nation’ from start to finish at the ABC in Glasgow. It was pretty much incredible. I was a teenager when it happened. It was great.
John: I’ve only seen my favourite band once - a band called Zeke, who played in Edinburgh in 2003. I’ve got to say that was my favourite.

What was the last album you bought?
Phillip: I bought the new Japandroids record. I went to the shop excitedly to buy that, ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’. It was really awkward when I bought it though, because in the shop it was the release day and they had a copy of the sleeve on the desk so you could have a look at it, and I realized there was a photo of us on it, so I looked like a total weirdo buying it.
John: I haven’t bought anything for ages. It’s mostly stuff when I’m at a gig I will buy a record. I don’t go out of my way to go and buy records.

Is there a song you like that people might not expect?
John: Thousands! I like a lot of Cajun music and stuff like that.

What music did you listen to growing up?
Phillip: Whatever my oldest brother was listening to. A lot of Cranberries. My dad listened to a lot of Queen, and my mum listened to a lot of Dusty Springfield and stuff. I listened to a shit ton of Cranberries and REM because my older brother was a teenager and I was pretty much a baby. So, constantly listening to that, and Nirvana.
Josh: Weirdly, two bands I listened to a lot when I was young was The Cranberries and REM, because my mum and dad had all their tapes. I listened to their tapes. There was loads of hippy music, because my dad is an old hippy. So, lots of Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, stuff like that, and then I started branching off into discovering more darker stuff.
John: When I was 11 or 12 I was obsessed with the Britpop stuff that was happening at the time in the mid-’90s, and then started getting into old UK punk and American punk that was out at the time. I started getting into faster and heavier music, but a lot of Britpop when I was young.

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