What inspired you to start Known Associates?
The sheer excitement of recording an album with a kick-arse live band.
How do you describe Known Associates' music?
Using some of our fans reference points:
It's like ‘Bob Dylan’ joined ‘Them Crooked Vultures’ … the missing link between ‘the Stones’ and ‘Dr Feelgood’!
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Don’t ever let the truth get in the way of a good story.
How did you come up with the name Known Associates?
Well , the cops turned up at my work one day asking for our lead guitarist Grant Wills.
I said: “ No idea where he is , why are you asking me ?
Guy pulls out his notepad and says: "We have you as one of his known associates"
I said: “Great band name “…… and it stuck!
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
We’re anti-rockstar, an elusive lot really – fans can find us, but they have to look hard!
What can we expect to see from Known Associates over the next year?
We’ve just released our debut album 'Penny Love' and also have 3 new boy cubs born into the band, so we’ll be catching up on a bit of sleep and doing some album promotions.
How do you come up with your lyrics?
Lyrics just seem to sneak through the ether whenever I stumble on a cool guitar melody.
For me, they always follow the music, which seems to open a lyric tap somewhere.
What is in your CD collection at home?
An A to Z of guitar music from acoustic singer-songwriters through to metal, and then of course there’s Miles Davis.
What is your favourite NZ venue? |
The St James in Auckland – fingers crossed we get it back one day.
What can you never leave home without?
A song in my head.
What rumour would you like to start about Known Associates?
We were all raised in the forest by a she-wolf.
Known Associates are an Auckland four piece rock band, comprising a group of well established kiwi musicians.
They mix a raw blues guitar edge with a pile driving rhythm section and lyrics that are meant to be listened too.
Debut album "Penny Love" was released June 2011.