A Young Jack Nicholson’s Eyebrows – Kid Canaveral interview


It’s little over a week now until Kid Canaveral return to Dundee on Saturday 8th March for a headline show at the Cool Cat Club show in support of new single ‘Who Wants To Be Loved’ (available at the show in heart shaped pink vinyl.)

Ahead of the show (and given that he’s been interviewed half to death by MPT over the years) singer/guitarist David MacGregor took time out to list some of his favourite things and influences.

What or who first got you into music?

Freddie Mercury.

What was the first record you ever bought for yourself?

Hmm…The first one I actually bought myself? Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette in 1995, I think. That heady summer between the wee school and the big school. We listened to it on tour recently, whilst driving across Pennsylvania. It was brilliantly entertaining. Especially joining in with all the“Ah-haye-e-ay-e-ay-aye-aye” bits.

And the most recent?

I bought a bunch at once, recently. Days are Gone by HAIM, Rave Tapes by Mogwai, Defend Yourself by Sebadoh, and Pure Heroine by Lorde.

Have you ever played in any other bands apart from Kid Canaveral?

At school, aye. I was also the bass player in Come On Gang! for about 3 weeks including their farewell gig. That was a lot of fun. We’ve all collaborated with other folk on the label, too.

What was the first gig you attended?

Feeder at the Garage in Glasgow in 1999.

And the most recent?

I had a great gig weekend just before Christmas. The Twilight Sad on the Friday night at Tut’s playing “Fourteen Winters…” and Chvrches on the Saturday night at SWG3. They were both really fantastic shows.

Do you have a favourite all-time gig you’ve been to?

That’s a difficult one. I’ll give you a few…

The Frames at the QMU in 2005

Modest Mouse at King Tut’s in 2004

Joe Strummer at the Barrowlands in 1999

Mogwai at the Barrowlands in 2001

Built to Spill at Bitterzoet in Amsterdam in 2013

The Proclaimers at St Andrews Union in 2005

Edwyn Collins’ set at Bowlie II in 2010

REM’s set at T in the Park in 2003

Beastie Boys at the SECC in 2004

I’ll stop now.

Dingy basements or outdoor festivals? Which do you prefer?

Am I not allowed somewhere in between? Outdoor festivals are great fun, folk are up for anything, but there’s something rather thrilling about the noise that can be created by band and audience in a small venue.

Favourite five records?

There are about ten records that I was finding it really difficult to choose between. In no particular order…

100 Broken Windows – Idlewild

Purple Rain Soundtrack – Prince

Doolittle– Pixies

The Sophtware Slump – Grandaddy

Waxing Gibbous – Malcolm Middleton

Keep it Like a Secret – Built to Spill

Tigermilk– Belle and Sebastian

Moving Up Country – James Yorkston

Yes, I can count. This is far too difficult a question to narrow to only five. Uh, Six by Mansun! Murmur by REM! Young Team by Mogwai! I give up.

Having made several videos now what are your feelings in general about music videos?

I hate being filmed. I just don’t like looking myself on screen, but I really love the things the people that we have worked with have done for us. I suppose they’re good for introducing the band to someone, as well as the music. It’s something we’re going to do more of in the future, we’ve a few different ideas.

What are your favourite films/television programmes?

TV –Parks and Recreation, Weekly Wipe, Spaced, Brass Eye, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Castle, Question Time, The X-Files.

Film –Local Hero, The Guard, Some Like It Hot, Fargo, Godfather: Part II, The Shining, Die Hard, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

If someone made a film about Kid C who would you like to play you and why?

Someone with a young Jack Nicholson’s eyebrows, and a beard.

What are your favourite books/authors?

Espedair Street, and The Crow Road – Iain Banks

Where I’m Calling From – Raymond Carver

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

The Ballad of the Sad Café –  Carson McCullers

I love the work of Ian Rankin, and the poetry of Edwin Morgan. Bill Watterson’s work accompanied me from the age of 8.

If your house caught fire what would be the first thing you tried to save once you knew your family were safe?

My Fender Telecaster? I don’t have a treasured stuffed toy, or a diary. There’s a photo of my maternal grandparents that I’d grab, actually.

Kid Canaveral will be supported by Lost Map labelmates Randolph’s Leap and wildcards Deathcats. The show is at Beat Generator Live on Saturday 8th March. Advance tickets for the show (priced £7 plus booking fee) are available from Groucho’s in Dundee and online here. More info on the show here.

Kid Canaveral also play Aberdeen, Tunnels (Friday 7th), London, Lexington (Sunday 9th), Leicester Firebug (Leicester Indiepop All Dayer) (Saturday 22nd), Manchester, Star & Garter (Saturday 29th) and Edinburgh, Hidden Door Festival (Monday 31st)