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KNS Vol. 10 - Charm Offensive

Jul 22

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In this, the 10th edition of Key Note Speaker, Key Notes' speaks to Anna, Pearse, and Jamie of Charm Offensive, the Kildare based band who take their influences from many bands but who manage to sound distinctly unlike anyone else (including themselves).  Charm Offensive play Upstairs in Whelan's today (July 22) at 8pm.  Declaration of interest: The Anna involved is Anna Murray of CLUAS fame, proving what a multi-talented writing team we've assembled here!

Favourite Songs from the Past Year
Anna
Is it too late to count Portishead’s Threads? Also, Grand Pocket Orchestra’s Little Messy
Pearse 
Dog Days
by Florence and the Machine and 22 by Lily Allen
Jamie 
Call It A Ritual, Wolf Parade but I’m not actually sure it was in the last year

Favourite Song Ever
Anna 
No idea. I tend to remember albums not songs
Pearse
Glosoli by Sigur Ros is up there, with some Radiohead, maybe Reckoner, and a lot of Blondie
Jamie 
Everything In It’s Right Place - Radiohead, He Poos Clouds - Final Fantasy, I Want You [She’s So Heavy] - The Beatles but it’ll change by next week

Favourite Charm Offensive Song
Anna 
Sugar Rush
, it's very moody, and wild, but very controlled. It's top
Pearse
Futureproof.
We haven’t played it live yet, but it should be satisfyingly loud
Jamie 
July’s Child. The most complete thing I think we’ve done

Favourite New Band/Artist
Anna
Sounds of System Breakdown, The Stoney Brokes, Grand Pocket Orchestra
Pearse
I'm loving Florence right now. Are Nirvana new?
Jamie 
Wolf Parade but, again, not really new

Favourite Band/Artist Ever
Anna 
Tujiko Noriko or Final Fantasy
Pearse & Jamie
Radiohead

Favourite Gig This Year
Anna & Jamie 
Final Fantasy in Whelan's
Pearse
Lilly Allen at wherever it was

Favourite Gig Ever
Anna 
Final Fantasy in Whelan's, but two years ago
Pearse
Definitely Arcade Fire on Oct 23rd last year. Blew my socks off
Jamie 
Radiohead in wherever they played in Dublin in 2003

Favourite Charm Offensive Gig Ever
Anna 
Today's!
Pearse
Definitely today's! Best gig ever!
Jamie 
We had a very nice gig at Eamonn Doran's last year, it was the first time we'd played live for a while, so it was great to get back on stage

Favourite Venue
Anna 
I’d love to do a silent gig in Crawdaddy – everything through headphones
Pearse
Well it's always been my dream to play on the roof of the tennis club in Castlebar, maybe some day I can make that happen
Jamie 
Vicar Street

Favourite Piece of Musical/Recording Equipment
Anna 
Macbook, with Logic Pro, Cubase, Soundforge, Soundhack…
Pearse
My lovely pedal, a Boss GT8
Jamie 
A Korg, but only because I’ve never used one and can’t afford one

Download or CD/Cassette/Record
Anna, Pearse & Jamie 
CD

Favourite TV Show at the Moment
Anna 
Bones! And Green Wing
Pearse
Pushing Daises
Jamie 
Rome

Favourite Movie
Anna 
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Pearse
Pan's Labyrinth
Jamie 
Back To The Future I & II

Favourite Book
Anna & Jamie 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Pearse 
The His Dark Materials trilogy
 

Most Listened to Radio Show
Anna, Pearse & Jamie 
Um....Radio?

What's in Store for Charm Offensive Next
Pearse 
Well we're playing Upstairs at Whelan's this Wednesday at 8pm, with the talented Defex
Anna
Some recording, which should be on our MySpace soon
Jamie 
Wembley, drug shame, triumphant comeback

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