Coming Home – Spare Snare interview – Part 2

The first Cool Cat Club show of 2019 takes place at Beat Generator Live in Dundee on Saturday 5th January and brings together Dundee lo-fi heroes Spare Snare, De Rosa and Broken Chanter.

Ahead of the show Andy Wood spoke to four of the Snare to find out some of their biggest influences.

Please name your favourite song, film, book and TV programme.

Adam Lockhart: I don’t have a favourite for any of those things, it’s too hard to call, I like lots of them for different reasons but there are some things that I keep going back to. But to give you an answer I would say, Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell and The Prisoner.

Jan Burnett: A song by Pet Shop Boys, it changes daily.

Bladerunner / Cinema Paradiso

Julian Cope – Head On

Secret Army

Alan Cormack: Fave song: This keeps changing everyday, but Tommy Gun by The Clash has always been a firm favourite.

Fave film: It’s a toss up between This is Spinal Tap and The Shining.

Fave book: Too many to pick from. I’ve just finished Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands by Will Caruthers, the bass player from Spacemen 3 / Spiritualized. I can recommend it.

Fave TV programme: Seinfeld.

If you were picked to be on Mastermind what would be your specialist subject?

Alan: The life and times of George Costanza, the Lord of Idiots.

Barry Gibson: The Roman Empire under the Komnenos Dynasty 1081 to 1185

Adam: Perhaps, the Prisoner, it’s a limited enough subject scope. I could also do early video art.

If you could have a superpower for a day, what would it be and what would you do with it?

Adam: Invisibility, so I could sneak into the National Archives, look at the classified stuff and find out what’s really been going on, but I might need longer than a day!

Alan: The ability to pause, rewind and delete time. I’d right all the world’s wrongs.

Jan: Songwriter.  I’d write songs.

A time machine has been invented and each person has been allocated a journey. What period and place would you choose to go to and why?

Alan: I’d take a quick trip to the Jurassic period to see the dinosaurs and then I’d pop in to see how the Russian Revolution was panning out!

Barry: Constantinople between 1081 to 1185

Adam: I’d go into the future and see what it’s like, then try to change things now if it has all gone to pot. But then no one would probably listen.

Jan: Germany, mid 1920’s, to kill Adolf Hitler (is that a bit heavy?)

You are holding a dinner party and can invite anyone you wish, dead or alive. Who would be your ideal guests?

Jan: Frank Zappa, Marilyn Monroe, Ada Lovelace, Neil Tennant.

Alan: Larry David, Che Guevara, Susannah Hoffs, Salvador Dali, Tony Benn, Vic and Bob and Rosa Parks.

Adam: As they say, it’s best not to meet your heroes so… Jan Burnett, Alan Cormack, Graeme Ogston, Barry Gibson.

What is your favourite place to visit and why?

BarryAs much as there are lots of places I would like to visit again, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, London, Italy and Australia, I’m always keen to visit somewhere I haven’t been before.

Alan: Tannadice Park, home of Dundee United. No matter how bad the team are doing, the hairs on the back of my neck still stand up when I see the first flash of tangerine emerging from the player’s tunnel. The Speedwell Bar in Dundee comes a close second.

Adam: Again, there are lots of places I like, but I suppose, Venice, it’s so unique, nowhere else really like it, it’s even better when the art biennale is on. The only thing that puts me off is how busy it can get.

Jan: Coming home from anywhere.

Spare Snare and De Rosa co-headline the show at Beat Generator Live on Saturday (5th January) with support from Broken Chanter.

Advance tickets at £10 (stbf) are available from Grouchos or online from We Got Tickets.

Spare Snare live dates in January 2019

Saturday 5th– Beat Generator Live, Dundee

Friday 11th – 81 Renshaw, Liverpool

Saturday 12th – Rockaway Beach Festival, Butlin’s, Bognor Regis

Sunday 13th – Free for Alldayer, The Moon, Cardiff (free show)

Monday 14th – The Eagle Inn, Salford