10 Questions – Moondrive 71

01. Why did you start in this business we call show?
The original core members have known each other for years. Frank has been in local bands before such as Speedway 5. A couple of years back I dusted off some old kit and We started to jam attempting to recreate our heroes’ sentiment of music. Bands such as Neu!, Can, Esg and 13th Floor Elevators. Over time we have honed a live show that helps us get support slots to other bands that we like.

It has been a pleasure to support bands such as Now, Papazen (check them out in Dec), Viva Sherry from Japan, Masselys from Norway and The Fallen Leaves from London.

It is also a pleasure to play with other new members from all over such as Effisio playing rhythm guitar who hails from Sardinia to bringing a bit of Ital disco into the mix. We have had members from New Zealand, Brazil in the band.

02. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Getting a jam going, working into a track.. there’s nothing better seeing folk dance to your track live, digging it. All that luck and Blarney paid off ha! (I am writing this in Dublin at the mo.)

03. What is your favourite swear word?
Swearing is a powerful tool.. use it wisely! “CLUSTERF$$$” though is a term that does capture the governments handling of BREXIT quite eloquently I find.

04. What would have been the worst possible day for you to sleep through the alarm?
The Alarm? That U2 like band from the eighties? I think I was probably at the other stage at Reading watching either Frank Sidebottom or Attila the Stockbroker.

05. Presley or Costello?
Presley no contest… Got turned on especially by the samples of The King on The KLF’s Chill Out album.

06. What was the one gig (yours or someone else’s) that made time still for you?
Last year we were lucky to support a female duo, Viva Sherry, from Osaka on https://mottomottorecords.com/artists/ in the U.K. they were joined by their buddy Maïa Barouh a truly awesome show in the Cowley club no less!

07. What sound or noise do you love?
Sound of Fender Rhodes keys – think Randy Crawford’s Streetlife, the sound of the Hammond organ thru a Leslie speaker – think The Turtles Buzzsaw or the sound of Stacey Sutherland fuzz guitar on 13th Floor Elevators releases. That’s three too greedy, so we’ll go for Stacey.

08. It’s 3am. The promoter stole all the money. Two people turned up to the gig. Your name is spelled wrong on the poster. It’s raining. What makes you get up tomorrow and do it all over again?
Several pints of a hoppy ale, conversations over some obscure Turkish records a few jokes, then the bus home since its raining.

09. Where do all the odd socks go?
I find that the odd socks remain in our orbit, it’s the same ones that disappear, perhaps getting responsible jobs settling down and not going out.

10. What will it say on your tombstone?
We will stumble upon the off switch on this simulation of reality before that point. Either that or it will all stop and the gods will fess up that the joke has gone too far and that they had to intervene!
If not that then perhaps our barcode numbers that we will be issued within the not too distant future.

Answered by Tristian O’Brien, the keyboardist from Moondrive71

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