Gramsci Newsletter Interview
03 Jul 2006 // An interview by Shade
Who are your favourite NZ bands and artists?
Jakob, Dimmer/Straitjacket Fits and The Phoenix Foundation.
What is your favourite NZ venue?
The Opera House, Wellington
What is the best thing about being in Gramsci?
The freedom to explore songs without adhering to genres.
What is the best live gig you have ever been to?
Not the one I expected it to be - Portishead at the North Shore Events Centre - shouldn't have worked but it blew me away.
Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Continuing to make music with friends and moving closer to the sound in my head...
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
Generally on various back alleys of the internet
What rumour would you like to start about yourselves?
That we are currently in negotiations with George Lucas to rescore the Star Wars films.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Don't think of the beat in a bar as a dot to land on, but as a circle to land in.
Paul McLaney's debut album 'Permanence' is the result of a year of self-imposed musical reassessment and experimentation.
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After starting his musical career in Dunedin, McLaney released 'Pedestrian' in 1997 and 'The Prayer Engine' in 1998. Now operating under new moniker Gramsci, McLaney has hooked up with local producer David Holmes to create an album that stems from folk rock roots. His sound is reminiscent of early 70's renegade Nick Drake, recent D.I.Y guy David Gray, even a little Brian Ferry, but he also lets technology eat away at the edges, with beeps and loops invading his sound to create a greater sense of space.
From the rolling, throwaway mantra of first single 'Easy To The Ethereal', confessional Masonry Angels, McLaney has fulfilled a promise that his earlier work suggested. It's stopping music lovers in their steps to take a harder, longer look.