Interview: James Canty
Bit nippy today innit? But its really no big deal. We haven’t really moved that much from this office chair for the last 5 hours or so, which feels a bit festery but otherwise in a super productive way. We’ve got a new record announcement tomorrow. We like those. Both putting out records and announcements, we mean. Another guy who also seems to like doing that sort of thing is a guy called James Canty. He is from Liverpool, or thereabouts, and indeed seems to roll deep with the various alumni stemming from the big-boy music college in those parts called the Institute of Performing Arts. James looks a bit like one of our siblings except with very straight hair, which makes us happy. In furtherance to the extent that James Canty enhances our state of well-being, and happiness and all that shit, his music is pretty fucking sweet. Since blogging on this-here blog a Track Of The Day called Strangers, which not only saw this guy pushing envelopes labelled “boundary pushing” into boxes with “indie music” written all over them, but also saw a fair few other online outlets lap that shit up just as easily. Just last month, he then decided to release the Love EP to much aplomb and rapturous promotional applause. We therefore figured it was time to chat this guy up in the de facto public sphere. Which is nice. Observe how James deal with our overly-intrusive and deeply-probing questions designed to devour souls and crush hearts. Or something.
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
I’m a songwriter from Essex living in Liverpool, writing and recording music, playing with my band in Liverpool and I live with my best friend the wonder-child producer Joe Wills, and together we make music.
KM: You – like us – don’t like full stops very much. Cool.[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAxHzfCaigU] [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGmTL1a6aEc]
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
To Pimp a Butterfly because of the lyrical content, lyrical themes, fresh production and the general format of the album I’ve just never heard anything like it and for a wannabe lyricist such as myself its well inspiring.
KM: Surely the name alone should be enough to snare anyone in. We’ve signed bands for far less spicy song nomenclature than that. Although we didn’t get to sign Kendrick unfortunately. He likes money, you see.[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRK7PVJFbS8]
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
I am on the road right now and can’t really remember but I saw Thurston Moore the other day in Glasgow and he was crazy to watch. In a trance. Really magic.
KM: Get off the road man. Cars have gotta go on there and whatnot and you could get hurt. Then who’ll watch future Thurston Moore shows. Eh? Riddle us that.[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0bsQ-rqsxc]
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
I’d moon Taylor Swift while singing Alone Again Naturally by Gilbert O’Sullivan.
KM: Great fucking choice. We’ve heard of this Taylor Swift. Apparently she’s nice.
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
Alone Again Naturally by Gilbert O’Sullivan.
KM: Dunno who that is. But you clearly and repetitiously seem to like ’em, so we’ll give you some support.[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_P-v1BVQn8]
KM: Okay, its pretty rad.
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
I have to say Dark Side of the Moon… you’re not disappointed are you? First time I heard it was in the back of my parent’s car when I was younger. It was a very good moment. I love the lyrics of ‘Us and them’ “…and after all we’re only ordinary men”.
KM: Not disappointed. Just kinda hate you.
Love EP is out now.
Thanks to James Canty, who seems to like the personal approach when it comes to soliciting publicity such as this.