Posted by: rowenawilcox | August 30, 2010

#Music_Monday: Samoans

It’s that time of the week again, so ignore the Boomtown Rats, start liking Mondays and embrace the most musical day of the week – #Music_Monday.

This week’s #Music_Monday Q&A comes from Samoans – a lively rock trio who formed in 2008 and is made up of Daniel Barnett (guitar/vocals), Taliesin Leboutillier (drums) and Calvin Ley (bass/vocals).

Tweet Cardiff: How did you guys get started as a band?
Daniel Barnett: We met randomly through mutual friends/bands and found we had a lot of the same musical interests and felt it was a good idea to have a go.
 
TC: What’s been your fave gig so far?
DB: The Big Weekend 2010 playing with Los Campesinos! It was surreal and amazing to play to so many people.
 
TC: What are the best and worst things about touring?
DB: No idea, we haven’t toured yet. We made a conscious decision to build a local following before heading out further in the UK. We are currently booking a tour of the UK for November.
 
TC: Where do you see yourselves in the next five years?
DB: Writing…touring. We basically just want to be playing for a living. But everyone knows how hard that can be.
 
TC: Where do you get your influences and inspiration from?
DB: Our musical style is drawn from a wide spectrum of bands from Maps & Atlases, Reuben and Secondsmile to And So I Watch You From Afar. We like everything. All of us have done a fair bit of travelling and have drawn inspiration from places we’ve been (like in the songs ‘Koh Chang’ and ‘Somersault’).
 
TC: What would you be doing if you weren’t in the band?
DB: Probably thinking about being in a band. I can’t even imagine what I’d be doing. Probably stalking my favourite advert actors. Yeah that sounds like something I’d enjoy.
 
TC: Which 3 guests would you invite to dinner (dead or alive)?
DB: Kurt, Krist, Dave [aka Nirvana]. Need I say more?
 
TC: If you could have a superhuman power, what would it be and why?
DB: Probably the ability to fold my ears inside of themselves, enabling me to block out all life’s annoying sounds. Oh, wait, I can do that already.

TC: Anything you guys would like to add?
DB: We have free downloads available of an acoustic session I did a few weeks ago up on last.fm so go and check them out. Oh, and if you like us, tell a friend, they might too.

#Tweet_Tip: The band’s debut single ‘Somersault’ will be released on a split 7” vinyl with Strange News From Another Star later in the year so watch this space.

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