Well folks, after an eventful few years away, Lowgold are back with a newly found maturity. Along with support act ‘It Hugs Back’ they’ll be embarking on a UK tour too. Their new LP ‘Promise Lands’ precedes their next single ‘Burning Embers’ at the end of March.
Darren, their charming scamp of a singer kindly took time to answer a few questions…
AS: When you take aim with your peashooter/pellet gun/sniper rifle, you’re aiming at?
AS: Where do you go when it all gets too much?
D: Ancient Rome.
AS: Is bedtime more half nine with a half read paper or more half four with fully red eyes?
D: Sorry, I ran out of answers half an hour before bed.
AS: What do you do in your recreational time?
D: Hang out at the local pool trying to catch verrucas and unattended kids.
AS: Who would be your dream collaborator?
D: Musical Youth.
AS: What’s the last gig/concert you went to?
D: I hate live music!
AS: Where do you most enjoy playing live?
D: Are you not listening? I told you I hate live music.
AS: So, do you enjoy playing live or are you more at home in a studio?
D: You’re making me angry now!!!
AS: I’m sure you’ve done a few but, do you know which has been your best ever gig?
D: The one where no-one died.
AS: What’s the best music video?
D: ‘Hello’ by Lionel Ritchie.
AS: If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
D: A saxamaphone!
AS: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
D: A bottomless reservoir of loathing.
AS: Any regrets, missed opportunities or things that might’ve been?
D: Starting this interview!
AS: Were/are you aware of your escalating popularity?
D: I’m way too high right now!
AS: Who is most influential on your sound?
D: Thomas Edison!
AS: Where do you sit in the grand scheme of things?
D: By the fire exit.
AS: Why the name?
D: Dad chose it.
AS: Whose the most likely to go solo or crazy?
D: Bobby Brown.
AS: What makes you better than everyone else?
AS: When do you plan to take over the world?
AS: What changes can we expect to notice with this outing?
D: I’ve been outed?
AS: Are you all agreed/in control of the formats for your releases?
AS: Wish you were doing anything else with your time other than music?
AS: Did you have any heroes when you were a teenager?
AS: What do you think of the paparazzi?
AS: What are you listening to right now?
D: My tinnitus!
AS: Any message to any underachieving or odds facing musician out there?
D: You’re woeful, give up!
AS: Any career highs or lows you care to share?
D: Meeting some people with really nice hair!
AS: Your career defining dream moment would be what?
AS: Any upcoming music / bands worth keeping an eye on that are destined for greatness?
D: Wax Stag.
AS: What was the highlight of your summer?
D: Not getting sunburn.
AS: What will this year bring?
D: Days, weeks, months and the birth of my son.
AS: Are you unlucky in love?
D: You make your own luck.
AS: Best song, movie or LP ever?
D: ‘Rant in e-minor’ by Bill Hicks.
AS: Where did you sleep last night?
D: On the right.
AS: What’s your secret vice, what are you a sucker for?
D: Unprovoked attacks.
AS: What makes the world go round?
AS: Where’s the place to be?
D: The axis.
AS: What’s your weak point?
D: My back.
AS: What’s your favourite instrument?
AS: What inspired the LP title ‘Promise Lands’?
AS: Are you a good dancer?
D: The very best!
AS: What kinds of music do you dislike the most?
AS: Where will you retire to when you're tired of comeback concerts?
AS: When will the world end?
D: When the batteries have run down.
AS: Who is the main driving force or do you work as a team?
D: Teamwork and individual brilliance go hand-in-hand.
AS: How important are the charts?
D: Very. It’s how Columbus found the new world.
AS: What revival would you most like to witness?
D: Paul Gascoigne’s.
AS: What era would you have been born in ideally?
D: The early 70’s.
AS: If you could save 1 thing in the world, what would it be?
D: The children.
AS: Who’s the most gifted person alive today?
D: Robert Lee.
AS: Have you got any famous relatives?
D: I’m related to a Scottish guy who carried a sword.
AS: Does complaining accomplish anything?
D: Who cares… its fun anyway!
AS: Have you goy anybody’s autograph?
D: Geoff Hurst.
AS: Which fictional character would you most like to be?
AS: Which rules, the digital age or the vinyl/cassette age?
D: Well, which one’s still breathing?
AS: If a musical style was to become extinct, which would go first i.e. jazz, folk…?
D: Classical hump.
AS: Was growing up and becoming who you are today easy?
D: Piece of piss.
AS: What’s the biggest myth about stardom?
D: That it doesn’t bring eternal happiness.
AS: Any choice epitaphs, famous last words or something you’d like to be remembered for?
D: Being well hydrated!
AS: Thanks for your time Darren
You can catch Lowgold live at any of the shows listed below.
MARCH 28th @ Academy 2, Bristol, 29th @ Zodiac, Oxford and 31st @ Bar Academy, Islington.
APRIL 4th @ Pressure Point, Brighton, 12th @ Moles, Bath and 13th @ Academy 2, Liverpool.
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