(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #82: Jonny Allan of Happyness

By on Tuesday, 17th 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.

When a band releases a single called ‘Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste the Same’, I think it’s safe to say they don’t take themselves too seriously. South London alt rock trio Happyness released their debut album ‘Weird Little Birthday’ last year, and in this third installment, co-lead singer, guitarist and bass player Jonny Allan was kind enough to answer our questions ahead of the big dance in Austin.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Visiting Daniel Johnston’s McDonald’s.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule?
The Zombies.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Yeah, I’ll be packing clothes, teethbrush, whisky, wood and playing cards.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Alkyl nitrate macaroni cheese.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
They give away free backpacks I’ve heard. Very excited for the consumer rush.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
The soft crunch of a dad sitting on a violin.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Loco in Acapulco’ by The Four Tops.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Talkin’ Hava Negeilah Blues’ by Bob Dylan.

What song makes you cry?
‘Marie Provost’ by Nick Lowe, because I knew her personally.

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.)
‘Not A Tragedy’ by Club Gaga.

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.)
‘Pink Triangle’ by Weezer.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard’ by Wilco.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Simon Harrap.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’ve always felt I’d do well in health enthusiasm.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be?

Thanks so much to Jonny for answering our questions, and cheers also to Jay for sorting this q&a for us!

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