(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #72: Wildflowers

By on Wednesday, 5th March 2014 at 11:00 am

Not much time to go now! In what time is left in leading up to SXSW 2014 (hello, it all kicks off next Tuesday, the 11th of March!), 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 ninth installment of this series ahead of the activities in Austin next month, we’ve got Brighton-based folk rockers Wildflowers tag-teaming on our questions, with sisters Siddy and Kit Bennett letting us in on some musical history in their family. Read on…

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Siddy: I just wanna drink beer in a dark bar and watch some hot bands.
Kit: Buying a cowboy hat.
James: Listening to lots of live music!

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Siddy: Willie Nelson, because he is a living legend and The Pig Pen Theatre Company because I like what they get up to and their music is very atmospheric.
Kit: Willie Nelson and Royal Blood.
James: Royal Blood, they’re a rock band from Brighton. Amazing band!
Kendal: The Wood Brothers, their album is amazing!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)

Siddy: Space. I want to buy as many souvenirs as I can when I’m out there, so I’m leaving it as empty as possible.
Kit: An accordion pick-up.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
[It was not lost on me that this was one of only three questions answered by all four band members, ha! – Ed.]
Siddy: Ahhhh we have to do a tequila if we bump into each other in a bar!
Kit: A Cosmo.
James: Guinness with a shot of port.
Kendal: I really like craft lagers!

(For bands who are SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Siddy: Ive just heard that the streets are lined with bands and it’s one of the best festivals in the world. SO yeah, pretty high expectations. Definitely not nervous or scared, just really really excited.
Kit: I’ve heard that it can be a springboard for bands, which is an exciting thought. I’m not scared, I’m just really looking forward to it.

Let’s move on to the usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Siddy: Dancing to our dad’s jazz band, we used to travel round to his gigs and dance all night. We took it very seriously and thought we were part of the show!
Kit: Our mum singing “Oh Susanna, don’t you cry for me, ‘coz I come from Alabama with a banjo on me knee” – she used to actually play that to me on the banjo when we lived on the boat. That and ‘Goodnight, Irene’ by Leadbelly.
James: Watching Slash play with Velvet Revolver and playing lots of incredible solos and changing his guitar every song.

What was your favourite song as a child?
James: Dodgy – ‘Good Enough’
Siddy: ‘Honky Tonky Merry Go Round’ – Patsy Cline. It was the first country song I ever heard.
Kit: Chuck Berry, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’. It’s still in my top 5.

What song makes you laugh?
Siddy: Weird Al Yankovic – ‘Amish Paradise’.
Kit: Eminem – ‘Puke’
James: Bloodhound Gang – ‘The Bad Touch’.

What song makes you cry?
Siddy: Bob Dylan And The Band – ‘I Shall Be Released’.
Kit: ‘Me and Bobby McGee’, Janis Joplin.
James: Never really cried to a song, but this song is very sad, The Cinematic Orchestra – ‘To Build a Home’.

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.)
Siddy: Chris Isaak – ‘Wicked Game’.
James: Lou Reed – ‘Perfect Day’
Kit: Cracker – ‘Low’.

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.)
Siddy: None of us can think of one at the moment!

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Siddy: Bob Dylan – ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright’.
James: Ray Charles – ‘Unchain My Heart’.
Kit: Joan Armatrading – ‘Willow’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
James: Ray Charles.
Siddy: Bob Dylan.
Kit: Joan Armatrading

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
James: Professional skateboarder.
Siddy: Actress.
Kit Bennett: A detective.
Kendal: I’d own a bar in somewhere hot!

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.)
James: Van Morrison – ‘Astral Weeks’.
Siddy: Muddy “Mississippi” Waters’ live album, because it makes me feel like I’m at an amazing party.
Kit Bennett: Cracker – ‘Kerosene Hat’. Because it’s very soothing.

Thanks very much to Wildflowers for being so kind and answering our questions!

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