Hearing about a band or artist's influences and inspirations are all well and good, but sometimes, you just want to get to the nitty-gritty in an interview - like, what's your favourite takeaway dish?

Our new Q&A series sees us throwing rapidfire questions at musicians to get their most instinctive answers. There's no beating around the bush here - just honest, straightforward insights into their creative minds.

The latest act we laid down the gauntlet to was Fangclub frontman Steven King.

The Dublin trio released an excellent second album earlier this year. 'Vulture Culture' examined the pressures people face in modern society while simultaneously unleashing some seriously stomping grungey rock tunes on the music-buying public.

They play The Button Factory this Friday, December 13th.

1.What’s the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?

The first band I got really obsessed with was The Offspring. It was the first concert I ever went to at The Point (3Arena). Hearing The Offspring made me give up all other future prospects and just want to be a punk rocker. I still listen to them everyday.

2. In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage.

Tired, numb, calm.

3. How do you wind down after a gig?

I don’t. I honestly don’t know how to. Thats the problem. Open to suggestions!

4. What’s the one song you wish you’d written or recorded first?

'Song 2' by Blur.

5. You can only have three albums on your phone/in your house at any one time - what three would you pick for today?

Elliott Smith - 'XO'
Nirvana - 'In Utero'
Nine Black Alps - 'Everything Is'

6. Name one record, one book and one film that everyone should hear / read / see.

Any Elliott Smith record will have you hooked. 'Perfume' is a book that will stay with you. 'Heat' is a movie everyone should see. A classic, and has been the inspiration for a lot of movies since.

7. Pick the director and lead actor(s) for a biopic about your life.

The Safdie brothers could direct with Timothee Chalamet as lead actor. Watch the movie 'Good Time', it’s incredible.

8. You’re ordering take-away, what do you get?

A large cheese pizza, just for me.

9. Describe your perfect day off.

It’s loud and lashing rain, a storm vibe and I have a secret exclusive copy of Christopher Nolan’s 'TENET' to watch over and over.

10. Tell us, in one sentence, why we should come to your gig.

You’ll laugh, cry, scream with joy and the outside world will cease to exist for 2 hours.


'Vulture Culture' is out now; Fangclub play The Button Factory, Dublin this Friday, December 13th.