(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #81: Lorna Thomas of Skinny Lister

By on Tuesday, 10th 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 second installment, Lorna Thomas of folk-punk rockers Skinny Lister tells us about the band’s most unusual item they’ll be bringing over to Texas, and she also tells us about her father’s musical influence on her musical history.

Have a watch and listen to the most recent live performance released by Skinny Lister, filmed at Club Quattro in the Shibuya section of Tokyo, in this Live Gig Video posted last week.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Meeting cool people, chancing upon cool bands and all in a warm climate! Oh, and we also stay at Berkman House, which is near the Mexican supermarket El Rancho and does amazingly cheap delicious tacos and cactus juice! Skinny go Mexican. Yum.

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?
This may sound incredibly self-centred, but by the time we’ve done playing as MUCH as we can plan there’s little room to schedule stuff in. We’ll schedule as many showcases in as we can to make sure we’re in front of as many people as possible. If that means playing on the street corner, then so be it! That said…us Skinnies like a night out and we’ll certainly keep our ear to the ground for good stuff going on.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Our trusty flagon; we take it everywhere. We fill it up with rum and away we go. Where the flagon is the party is (though not in cabs!). Last year I got kicked out of one, which was bad news.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Well that’s very kind of you! As you might guess from the last answer, I have a particular penchant for rum but the lads will drink pretty much anything. Michael (bass player) likes a Jameson’s. He’s been known to crowd surf mid-set over to the bar to get a shot if he’s feeling thirsty. And when we’re looking far too boring, be sure to give us a black sambuca. That always does the trick.

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Have fun and keep busy. And maybe when you feel it might all be a lot of hot air – just remember – the people you make an impression on won’t forget you and they could be the person to accelerate you to the next level. It happened for us.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Watching a jubilant party George (Daddy) singing his songs on a Sunday afternoon in a pub and everyone singing along. In fact, we play some of his songs and if he’s ever in the audience, we’ll always get him on stage to sing and dance with us.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Salt-N-Pepa – ‘Shoop’. I still know all the words off by heart and always pull it out of the bag at karaoke sessions.

What song makes you laugh?
My dad’s song about our old dog named ‘Wag’.

What song makes you cry?
Edith Piaf – ‘Non, Je ne regrette rien’ – amazing voice, amazing woman and song amazing voice.

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.)
Tracey Chapman – ‘Fast Car’. I had to turn it off because it was all a bit too dewy-eyed and romantic and put Sex Pistols on.

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 the Stone Roses (though I can only get away with writing this because the lads aren’t with me).

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Queen – ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’. [Sorry guys, I couldn’t help it, I had to post *that* scene from Shaun of the Dead… – Ed.]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Charles Dickens, OF COURSE!

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Well, I always wanted to be a night nurse!

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.)
Now That’s What I Call Music 34!

Thanks Lorna for answering our questions!

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