Dublin duo Anthony Furey and Paul Butler came together having travelled the breadth of the globe as the acclaimed collective The Young Folk.
Now, they continue their musical journey under the name Elgin.
The duo release their debut album 'Weightless/Still' on May 28th so we caught up with them to find out more about their background, their influences and their favourite things.
1. What's the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?
Tom Waits has always been there. The first time hearing one of his songs, I was in a jazz bar at a very young age. I heard a rendition of 'I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You'. His early years albums first reeled me in.
2. In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage.
3. How do you wind down after a gig?
We love hanging out with the folks who come to see us. Especially if we're in another country or on another continent. It's interesting just chatting to people and feeding off their vibes.
4. What’s the one song you wish you’d written first?
'Fake Empire' by The National.
5. What’s the last thing you watched on TV?
ZeroZeroZero. Drug cartel crime drama. Not for the faint of heart, but mind-blowingly powerful. And it's got one of our own in Gabriel Byrne.
6. Name one record and one film that everyone should hear / see.
Record: Closing Time by Tom Waits on vinyl.
Film: Dirty Dancing. Best one-liners and still one of the greatest soundtracks ever made.
7. What's your biggest pet peeve?
The combination of Church and state. Or the influence that it still brings to this day. Is that a pet peeve or is that just something that's morally corrupt and rotten to the core? Who knows.
8. Who's the most famous person saved to your phone contacts?
Rob Zombie. It's got to do with a motorcycle festival in America, that's all we can say.
9. You’re ordering take-away, what do you get?
Indian. More specifically, Tadka House in Rathmines. Get on it!
10. Describe your perfect day off.
Always has to start with an early morning jog toward the sea and then possibly a dip. After that, considering the times we're in now, if you ask me for my perfect day off, it would be to have the opportunity to see friends and enjoy a few pints with them. Group chats, the closeness, the unpredictability of the day.
BONUS QUESTION: Recommend a podcast and tell us why we should subscribe to it.
The 'Catch and Kill' podcast with Ronan Farrow. It's not exactly uplifting but it's interesting to see how power and wealth can influence people, can almost make you invincible in Hollywood. Ronan Farrow is a fascinating person. Pulitzer Prize-winning author, he had a huge role in bringing down Harvey Weinstein.
'Weightless/Still' is released on May 28th.