Interview: Lewis Andrew of Kassidy

By on Friday, 10th December 2010 at 12:00 pm

Lewis Andrew of Scottish band Kassidy answers some of Emmy’s burning questions. Such as…what’s up with that hair? We’re kidding…read on.

First off, for those who’ve yet to hear the lovely music of Kassidy, what are four things a newcomer should know?
First, there’s four of us: Barrie-James, Hamish, Chris and Lewis. Second, we all play acoustic guitars live. Third, we don’t know how to explain what we sound like. Fourth, the core of the band is based around vocal harmony.

Similar to your previous EPs, is it safe to say the band has been influenced by ’70s band such as the Eagles, the Steve Miller Band, etc.? Obviously, there’s more to it than just that, though. What are your other influences?
A lot of bands which we have grown up listening to have been a big influence, we take influence from movies or books as well, but more than anything just from each other.

New fans of you might do a double take when realizing you’re from Scotland and some have hailed you as your country’s Kings of Leon. What do you think about that? Clearly your music is much varied compared to what several other Scottish bands have come out with in the last few years.
We feel good about that, it’s a nice mystery which the audience don’t know where we are from if they don’t know us. It lets them focus more on the music than “why are they not singing with their ‘real’ accents?”

Describe the songwriting process. Who comes up with the lyrics and who has the actual songwriting duties? Is Kassidy a democratic force?
Most cases we will all get together and work on an idea someone has had, once we all add our own parts to it, it becomes a Kassidy song, we all have a say on the lyrics most of the time we keep the lyrics which just spring out of someones head though. and yes it’s a democratic force.

How did the band meet? Did you all have long, flowing hair and facial hair from the beginning? Or did it all grow as the band developed? (Sorry for the hair question…)
Barrie and Hamish met by chance in a pub a couple of years back and started playing together. Later, myself and Chris joined… That’s ok, everyone seems to feel the need to talk about hair. We all had long hair and it’s like that because we like it.

You’ve got the three EPs out, right? What’s next on the Kassidy plate? More recording, upcoming album, touring? All of the above?
All of the above, we have two shows in London on the 9th and 10th at Hoxton Bar and Grill, and then Koko. Anytime in between we just always record.

Kassidy play Koko (Club NME show) tonight in London.

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