The Ike Reilly Assassination (IRA) is a frantic and unfazed band of fearless filthdom. Enthused with all forms of rock, from garage to blues and all in-between, IRA go about their intoxicated business like the wild bunch.
May 12th sees the release of a kickass 2cd album (My review of’ Sparkle in the Finish’/’Junkie Faithful lies beyond this http://’). It pleasingly serves as a flashback through their previous, studio based escapades. Ike kindly stopped for Glasswerks virtual tea and stickies to answer a few questions…
AS: Thanks for this Ike…
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?
IR: The Island Tap, Libertyville, Illinois.
AS: Is bedtime more half nine with a half read paper or more half four with fully red eyes?
IR: The latter.
AS: What do you do in your recreational time?
AS: Who would be your dream collaborator?
IR: Ben Franklin!
AS: What’s the last gig/concert you went to?
IR: Ray Davies.
AS: Do you believe in love at first sight?
AS: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
IR: I steal it!
AS: Any regrets, missed opportunities or things that might’ve been?
IR: Every minute!
AS: Were/are you aware of your escalating popularity?
IR: Certainly not.
AS: Will your past come back to haunt you?
IR: Every other minute!
AS: Where do you most enjoy playing live?
IR: Chicago, Minneapolis and NYC.
AS: Who is most influential on your sound?
IR: My neighbour!
AS: Where do you sit in the grand scheme of things?
IR: Right on fucking top.
AS: Any choice epitaphs, famous last words or something you’d like to be remembered for?
IR: Here lies a man who was didn’t remember his childhood.
AS: What makes you better than everyone else?
IR: I’m not.
AS: When do you plan to take over the world?
IR: Sorry mate can’t do it.
AS: What changes can we expect to notice with this outing?
IR: I’ll be outed!
AS: Wish you were doing anything else with your time other than music?
IR: Yes, acting like a human being.
AS: Did you have any heroes when you were a teenager?
AS: What do you think of the paparazzi?
IR: Don’t give a shit.
AS: What are you listening to right now?
IR: James Brown and Edgar Winter.
AS: Do you enjoy playing live or are you more at home in a studio?
AS: What was the highlight of your summer?
IR: I flew my plane from Chicago to Morocco.
AS: Is there more pressure playing live with a band than there is playing solo?
IR: Pressure, never. I’ve had real jobs.
AS: Where did you sleep last night?
IR: In my yard.
AS: Where’s the place to be?
AS: What’s your weak point?
IR: My left knee.
AS: What’s your favourite instrument?
AS: What inspired last months flashback LP title ‘Poison the Hit Parade’?
IR: My commercial success.
AS: Are you a good dancer?
AS: When will the world end?
AS: What revival would you most like to witness?
IR: The American.
AS: What era would you have been born in ideally?
IR: The 20’s.
AS: If you could save 1 thing in the world, what would it be?
AS: Who’s the most gifted person alive today?
IR: Tiger Woods.
AS: Have you got any famous relatives?
IR: Yes, many.
AS: Which fictional character would you most like to be?
IR: Sam Hamilton.
AS: Which rules, the digital age or the vinyl/cassette age?
AS: If a musical style was to become extinct, which would go first i.e. jazz, folk…?
IR: Cock Punk!
AS: Do you have any unused band names you’d love to use?
IR: Flannel Bed Pan.
AS: Was growing up and becoming who you are today easy?
IR: Yes, a fucking breeze.
AS: Do politics have a place in music?
IR: I think yes, maybe they do.
AS: Cheers Ike!