Kavanagh – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of Artist are you?
K: “Ahh that question always throws us. It’s always hard to describe it, genre-wise. Alternative rock probably covers it, but we’ve got elements of a few. Nit-Rock, we like to call it. We’re definitely more of a live band than a studio one- give us a packed venue over a vocal booth anyday.”
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself
K: “KAVANAGH came to life in 2016, hitting the pubs and clubs of Canterbury in Kent. Formed of 5 members, we have since won two national Battle of the Bands competitions. Now based in Brighton, we are the epitome of unsigned, DIY Rock n Roll. We featured on BlueSkyPieRecord’s 2019 ‘I Am Not Your Slave’ compilation album of unsigned talent from the South East and have toured across the UK and have had multiple radio appearances. We are now working with esteemed producer Mike Bennett, and have many exciting projects coming up in the pipeline.”
PD: Who are your musical and non musical influences?
K: “Musically, for me, it’s got to be The Doors. Mr Jim Morrison. But that’s a frontman talking, I’m sure the others all have their own ideas. And there’s a lot of poets that inspire me, and artists. Anyone that transcends two art forms and really mixes up media. Like William Blake or Patti Smith, people like that.”
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
K: “We’d love to get a proper studio album out, under a label. That’d be great. We’ve got the material and we’re almost ready. We just need somebody to help pay for it. And a budget to get a few decent music videos made, now that would be sweet. That’s the next step in the dream.”
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
K: “A melody can come from anyone, it could be the drummer, one of the guitarists, or I might have a vocal line. But someone will share and then we all work on it together, always all five of us. And what are they all about? That’s too hard a question. They’re all completely different. I suppose all of the poetry has some overarching themes in that it all comes from my head, it’s all my narrative. But other than that no, they’re all completely different. We write about a real mix of things.”
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
K: “We used to design posters and stick em everywhere prior to a gig, word of mouth sort of thing. But now it’s all social media. All Facebook. As soon as you’ve got a bit of a following then that’s all you really need. Not quite as fun, but a decently promoted Facebook event can bring a lot of people through the door.”
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
K: “Yeah, we think it’s great. Don’t get me wrong, we’d rather have a physical CD or vinyl release, something more tangible. But downloading is pretty perfect. That entire library of music history, every decade, every single song. I think we take it for granted. It’s great. Kids of the 80s would be very jealous.”
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
K: “Now that’s a hard one, there’s a lot of songs that I hold dear. ELO’s Mr Blue Sky maybe, that’s a musical masterpiece. To have written a heavier, more alt-rock version of that would be pretty cool. I think we could pull that off. Or any Velvet Underground song, or T-Rex ‘Children of The Revolution’ maybe, I love that phrase. Or “Jesus Fuck” by The Jesus and Mary Chain haha, I don’t know, there’s too many.”
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
K: “Pet peeves? Local bands that act like arseholes. It’d have to be that. Acting self entitled, especially to the sound engineer. It annoys me to see that. We’re all in the same boat, all bands should work together.”
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
K: “Our proudest moment would definitely have to be playing the mainstage at Dreamland in Margate. We won their national Battle of the Bands competition and got to play to a pretty packed house after the final. That was great. And nothing beats playing near your home turf, we knew a lot of faces in the crowd, it felt great.”
PD: What are you working on at the moment?
K: “We’ve got a few big single releases lined up, good songs, working with some exciting people. I’m looking forward to releasing those, and then we’re meant to be working on a tour. A little European one, but even that’s proving nearly impossible at the moment, not just with the virus, but also with the UK coming out of the EU. It’s hard.”
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
K: “We’ve got a fair few songs out online now, a 5 track EP and about four other singles. They’re available on all platforms, from spotify to deezer and everything in between. And there’s new content coming all the time. Or better yet, come to a gig! And we’ll flog you a CD or two, maybe even give you a free t-shirt.”