(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #71: Dale Norton of Broken Hands

By on Monday, 3rd March 2014 at 11:00 am

In the time 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 eight installment of this series ahead of the activities in Austin next month, frontman and vocalist of Kent’s Broken Hands fills us in on the Nick Drake song that makes him laugh, why he wouldn’t be a good DJ in heaven and much more…

Read my Bands to Watch feature on Broken Hands here.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
We are very excited to be in Austin, it’s the first time we’ve been to USA, so just to do everyday stuff in Austin is an exciting prospect. Also, on our day off, we are going to drive to Houston and check out the Space Centre. We want to see as much of the whole of Texas as we can and driving will mean highway dinner, which we like the idea of.

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Band of Skulls and Syd Arthur ‘cos we have hung/toured with them in the past. But new acts probably Royal Blood and Action Bronson because we want to see their live shows again.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
24 silver rescue blankets and a 10-inch glass orb. [Intriguing… – 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?

Whisky and ginger beer.

(For bands who are SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I heard there is a mini effects pedal convention and a free bar in some places. Hope that’s true, if not I would be cool to stumble into a pop-up gig. Friends of ours are always on about how they saw “The Beatles in a bowling alley” last year or whatever. [Free bars are indeed to be had in many locations. For starters, check out the afternoon shows at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30, they often have open bars earlier in the day. Worth a look. – Ed.]

Now on to the usual Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My Dad took me and Callum to loads of festivals when we where tiny, so they blur into one big first memory. I’ll never forget how big the PA stacks used to seem, they were like Everest or something.

What was your favourite song as a child?
I don’t actually know mine, but our guitarist Jamie was brought up on two records ‘Tubular Bells’ and ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ so they had to be his favourite as that was all he knew.

What song makes you laugh?
Nick Drake, ‘Hazy Jane II’. (Lyrics are mental.)


What song makes you cry?
Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac ‘Closing My Eyes’. (Sad, man.)

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.)
‘Led Zeppelin IV’. [You had me at ‘Led Zeppelin IV’… – Ed.]

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.)
Beck, ‘Soul Suckin’ Jerk’.


Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Fly Me To The Moon’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I can’t answer this, sorry, too hard. 🙂

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I always wanted to be a pilot, I’d like to think that can still happen as a musician still…….fingers crossed.

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.)
It really depends which god?? I believe in all of them so I don’t want to be a kill joy for the dance floor in the sky! I’m a bad DJ, if you know what I mean.

Cheers, Dale, for answering our questions. Have a fab time in Austin!

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