Quickfire Questions #46: Vasco da Gama

By on Tuesday, 4th June 2013 at 12:00 pm

Liverpool’s Vasco da Gama wowed early punters on the second day of Liverpool Sound City this year (read coverage and watch a live video of them here), so naturally we thought we’d be cheeky and ask them to answer our Quickfire Questions. They were only too kind to oblige. Read their answers below.

What song is your earliest musical memory?
David: ‘Opposites Attract’ by Paula Abdul. I was really into the music video where Paula seemed to be in the beginnings of a romantic relationship with an animated cat.

What was your favourite song as a child?
David: ‘Monster’ by the funk metal band Extreme. I used to play wrestling with my big brother when I was about 7 and that was my characters theme tune. I can’t remember the character’s name but he wore a dressing gown and sometimes face paint.

What song makes you laugh?
Lynny: The Brass Eye ‘Cake’ song. Chris Morris presents a ‘blip’ sound and persuades his guest that under the influence of a made up drug ‘cake’ the user hears a mash up grind core track due to their altered perception of time that drags on and on. It’s funny.

What song makes you cry?
John: ‘Lonely Does It’ by Forget Cassettes. Seek it out, listen to the lyrics and try to hold it together when the ‘oohs’ kick in.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Joe: ‘Marry Me John’ by St. Vincent. It was 2008 on a warm spring evening in the Glee comedy club in Birmingham.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
John: I used to work in a venue where they had 14+ gigs, which is great for young bands to get gigging experience, except that every single one of them always covered ‘Come Together’ by The Beatles. Every single one. Usually quite badly. So while I still like the original, sadly it does now call to mind the wibbly basslines and fudged lyrics of all those well-meaning but horribly inept covers.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?

John: There are loads, but the one that springs to mind is ‘Tomorrow Tomorrow’ by Elliott Smith as I’ve never been able to write anything that simple that was any good.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
John: Irvine Welsh. His stuff can be incredibly brutal but he’s also capable of beautiful and poetic prose. As far as lyrics go, I think James Mercer from The Shins balances obscure imagery and relatable sentiment really well.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
John: Well, if I wasn’t lucky enough to be making an absolute fortune from Vasco, I’d probably be working in, say, a bar, trying desperately to find enough time and money to keep doing music. Imagine that.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
John: THAT’S TOO HARD. I’ll just say ‘Killec’ by Marvin’s Revolt as, despite being quite short, it’s got pretty much everything that’s good about guitar music.

Many thanks to the guys for answering our questions and Kim for sorting this out for us!

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