(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #65: Will Greenham and Stewart Hughes of Cocos Lovers

By on Friday, 14th February 2014 at 11:00 am

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. In the second one of these, we’ve got Will (vocals, guitar and mandolin) and Stewart (drums and percussion) of Kent alt-folk collective Cocos Lovers tag-teaming on our questions. I had a whale of a time reading their answers (actually, as I’m coding this article, my stomach hurts from laughing so much), so please enjoy it below.

Read Carrie’s SXSW 2014 flavoured Bands to Watch on Cocos Lovers here.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Will: The weather. I hear it’s warm out there. We have had a grim winter in England.
Stewart: Hmmm, probably eating a couple of Don Juan El Taco Grande breakfast tacos from Juan in a Million. I’ve been dreaming about them. [If you have no idea what he’s talking about, watch this. Actually, where the TGTF crew will be staying this year isn’t far from the eating establishment. Hmmm…should we just take our favourite bands there on a field trip? – Ed.]

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Will: Syd Arthur, our psychedelic friends from Canterbury in the UK are incredible, Broken Hands are amazing, and The Melodic – all UK bands that are great that I cant wait to see.
Stewart: I’ve heard rumours that Tyler, the Creator is playing. Maybe obvious, but I couldn’t miss seeing that.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Will: A saw! Natasha plays the saw in our band, so I will be surprised if it gets through without a few questions!
Stewart: A stock of good old British chocolate, in case what I’ve heard about American chocolate is true. [Sadly, I can attest to the truth in this. I swear by English-made Cadbury. Can we come over for dessert? – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Will: Personally, I’m an ale drinker, my favourite is a Somerset Beer (South West England) called Summer Lightning. However, in a Texas bar, I’d like you to surprise me!
Stewart: Hmm, well I’m sort of on holiday so…what the hell, I’ll have a White Russian.

(For the SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Will: We have heard it’s amazing and that it’s complete mayhem, we love a bit of mayhem, especially with some impromptu performances. We are just up for a really good time, we’re not the sort of band who takes themselves to seriously, so we will be getting well and truly into the spirit of the festival.
Stewart: Syd Arthur’s Joel Magill told me that it is completely crazy and that I should be careful. I’m excited because he’s a reliable source.

Then it’s on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Stewart: Blue Swede, ‘Hooked on a Feeling’.


What was your favourite song as a child?
Will: ‘Man in the Mirror’ – Michael Jackson.
Stewart: Blue Swede, ‘Hooked on a Feeling’.

What song makes you laugh?
Will: A song by a UK singer called Will Varley, the song is called ‘I Got This Email’, it’s about those dodgy emails you receive from a prince, etc., who promises you millions in exchange for you bank details. In the song song he gives his details, and mayhem ensures with an appearance from David Cameron!
Stewart: Blue Swede, ‘Hooked on a Feeling’. [I’m sensing a theme here… – Ed.]


What song makes you cry?
Will: If I’m burnt out from touring and lack of sleep, pretty much anything, a good Disney tune!
Stewart: Blue Swede, ‘Hooked on a Feeling’.

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.)
Will: ‘Sacrifice’ by Elton John, I remember slow dancing at a school disco to this with my first girlfriend.
Stewart: Kenny Rodgers, ‘The Gambler’.

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.)
Will: I used to stick ‘Eye of the Tiger’ on mentally loud before a football match, so cliched, but it really gets you pumped!
Stewart: Kenny Rodgers, ‘The Gambler’.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Will: I have had this feeling a few times. The most recent was ‘Bizness’ by Tune-Yards.
Stewart: Kenny Rodgers, ‘The Gambler’ / Blue Swede, ‘Hooked on a Feeling’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Will: Ooo, tough one. I’m really into Italo Calvino, the Italian writer who reinvented a lot of weird old Ttalian folk tales.
Stewart: Tom Waits.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Will: I’d like to think a professional footballer, because I was pretty good. However it was always going to be performing in some way. Maybe acting!
Stewart: A dreadfully unskilled motorcycle mechanic, I’d imagine.

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.)
Will: ‘Aman Iman’ by Tinariwen. Amazing album, hypnotic and soothing, if God exists I’m sure he would be into this band.
Stewart: Tom Waits – ‘Bone Machine’. That would be an interesting listen in the context of heaven.

Many thanks to both Will and Stewart for being so kind to answer our questions!

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