(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #80: Jon Warren of Dry the River

By on Wednesday, 4th February 2015 at 11:00 am

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2015 just as we did last year, 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’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. In the first of these, drummer Jon Warren of London alt-rockers Dry the River tells us about what he’s most looking to on their return to Austin and we learn how Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno have figured into his life.

You can revisit Carrie’s piece on the Dry the River story so far here.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Eating a buffalo chicken sandwich at Bikinis (sports bar) whilst watching the mayhem unfold on 6th Street.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Genghar, great band from the UK and recent tour buddies of ours. They talk a lot, smoke a lot and drink a lot and they look good doing it.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Slippers: you can never be too comfortable on tour.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Thanks, mine’s a Jameson’s on ice.

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Expect the unexpected and don’t take yourself too seriously. See as much music as you can and if you’re invited to a party, GO.

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

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My Dad playing ‘You Can Call Me Al’ by Paul Simon almost continuously for about 2 years.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Beat It’ by Michael Jackson, it’s my favourite song as an adult too. [Michael Jackson has been quite popular among our Quickfire Question answerers. – Ed.]

What song makes you laugh?
‘You’re the Voice’ by John Farnham; it’s comical how incredible that chorus is, I challenge anyone to not crack a smile when that kicks in.

What song makes you cry?
‘Open Arms’ by Journey. Steve Perry could make Chuck Norris cry with that performance.

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.)
‘L.O.V.E. Machine’ by W.A.S.P. I’m not sure I lived up to the lyrics.

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.)
Any song by GG Allin; it makes you realise you’re never going to be as angry as that guy was.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Illumination Theory’ by Dream Theater: 22 minutes of pure prog excellence, it goes down great at parties.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Mick Jones from Foreigner; people think I’m joking, but every one of their songs is a hit record.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I like the idea of a saucier, so that, I guess.

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.)
I’d turn my back, grab a copy of ‘Holy Diver’ by Dio and march straight down to Hell.

Many thanks to Jon for answering our questions! Catch Dry the River in Austin and in February and March on tour in England.

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