In early August I had the good fortune to do an interview with Swans leader Michael Gira for Thumped ahead of the band’s shows in Ireland. I attended the Dublin gig and it was incredible, as expected. And though I didn’t meet Gira after the show as I had to dash for the last bus home, he was nothing short of a pleasure to deal with on the line, and I’ll make a point of saying hello next time he or the band passes through town.
Where to start? February began, as I wrote last time, with my interview with punk rock legend, and my musical hero, Mike Watt. You can read the whole thing here on Thumped if you’ve got a spare half-hour. I finally, properly met the man himself at the Il Sogno Del Marinaio gig at Whelan’s earlier this month, which was a great night only marred by the last support band and their truly horrible fans (all I’ll say on that note is: kids, don’t do drugs).
Converge played a stormer here in Dublin last night. You should’ve been there. Ahead of the gig I interviewed guitarist Kurt Ballou for Thumped; it was my first interview in quite a while (even if it was done by e-mail) so I’m glad it turned out OK.
Two more reviews from me are up now on Thumped: Year Naught Doom from Mayo quartet On Pain of Death, and the new Converge record All We Love We Leave Behind. I’m also hoping to have an interview with Converge ready to go before their Dublin gig next month.