SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #120: Joshua Smith of Chain of Flowers

By on Tuesday, 7th March 2017 at 1:00 pm

As this year’s SXSW Music Festival rapidly approaches and our preview coverage kicks into high gear, we’re once again excited to bring you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2017 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. Today we’re bringing you answers from the mouth of vocalist Joshua Smith of Welsh post-punks Chain of Flowers, who released their debut album 2 years ago. Now it’s their turn to make a go of it in Austin, having already toured up and down the East and West Coasts of our country last summer. Read on for Joshua’s answers…

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Dense, delicate, ethereal.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?

Of the bands who have already been announced (on the band announcement lists), do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Kano, Ghetts and Modern English.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Dunkies. [Believe it or not, he’s not the first musician to tell me this… – 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?
Holsten Pils, otherwise a gin + tonic..

What was your favourite album from 2016?
Travis Scott – ‘Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight’.

Will this be the first time you’ve played to American audiences? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
No – we toured the East/West Coast last summer and loved it so much that we’re back. Just looking forward to playing as much as possible.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Nirvana – ‘Come as You Are’.

What was your favourite song as a child?
The Beatles – ‘I Am the Walrus’.

What song makes you laugh?
Green Jelly – ‘Three Little Pigs’. It’s so shit.

What song makes you cry?
Lou Reed – ‘Perfect Day’.


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.)
Sweet Female Attitude – ‘Flowers’.

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.)
H100s – ‘Panic Attack’.


Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
La Monte Young – ‘Well Tuned Piano’.

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

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Probably work in the chippy with Sharon Brekkie.

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.)
Ministry of Sound – ‘Anthems Trance’.

Cheers Joshua for answering our Quickfire Questions ahead of going out to Austin, and thanks to Max for helping facilitate this feature. Chain of Flowers are scheduled to perform Wednesday 15 March at 8:45 PM at Sidewinder inside, as well as Thursday afternoon, the 16th of March, at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30.

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