Ahead of the launch of Picturehouse’s reissued and repackaged new album Evolution, released by iconic British label Cherry Red Records, Picturehouse head honcho Dave Browne talks about his band’s recent Sugar Club gig, Leonard Cohen’s 'Famous Blue Raincoat' and what he admires most about Christy Moore.

Picturehouse launch new album Evolution on Wednesday 30th July at The Button Factory. Book tickets here.

Words: Phil Cummins

What’s been the highlight of your year so far?
I would have to say our Sugar Club gig, which I enjoyed immensely. Some of our songs have never sounded better.

When did you first realise you wanted a career in music?
I always knew I wanted a career in music, so I've been lucky that way.

In three words, describe the five minutes before you walk on stage.
Tense, apprehensive, excited!

How do you wind down after a gig?
Red wine and laughter.

In three words, describe the live scene in Ireland.
Tough, friendly, rewarding.

Whose career do you envy and why?
Christy Moore’s. He’s loved by all and true to himself.

Vinyl or digital downloads?
Digital for me as I don't own a record player.

What is your favourite record shop anywhere in the world?
I don't have one I'm afraid!

Name one rare record that you don’t own, but you want more than anything.
Leonard Cohen’s 'Famous Blue Raincoat.'

Name one piece of music memorabilia that you wish you owned.
Paul McCartney's Höfner bass!!!

What is the one thing in your life that you couldn’t go without?
My voice.

Name one record, one book and one film that everyone should hear / read / see.
So by Peter Gabriel, Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business by Fredric Dannen, Papillion.

Name one overrated TV series and one underrated TV series.
Overrated: Seinfeld. Underrated: Family Guy

Pick the director and lead actor for a biopic about your life.
Martin Scorsese and Johnny Depp!

Describe the perfect night in.
3D movie, Indian dinner, vino collapseo

Describe the perfect night out.
A night in.

Where did you grow up and what are the best and worst things about that place.
I grew up in Knocklyon, Dublin. The best thing? The people. The worst? The weather.

What is your biggest fear?

Who is the person in your life without whom your life wouldn’t be the same?
My daughter, Alisia

What is the most important lesson life has taught you, so far?
Never give up.

If you could give one piece of life advice it would be?
Enjoy life and laugh as much as you can.

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