Candice Gordon has a new single out – 'The Kids are Alt Right'. She says, “I'm aware that the far-right party in Germany is gaining ground in parliament, and I'm aware of far-right (mainly arson) attacks on antifascist and leftist's property in my neighbourhood in Berlin”. We asked her 10 questions. Her answers were surprising.
1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
Ed Sheeran. Get me some of those sweet sweet royalties.
[LW – sounds like the capitalist patriarchy but OK …]
2. If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?
Tesla on the Theramin. [LW – see above]
3. What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out?
Universal Basic Income / Destiny. I didn’t come up with the idea of UBI [LW – NB, let’s not confuse her with Thomas Paine, Thomas More or GDH Cole] but I’ve come to fantasise about it a lot so it was high time I wrote a song about it. I wanted to get it out for my Kids are Alt-Right launch show because it’s becoming more important to me to relate important social ideas in the current climate. We’re living in dangerous times and we need to be active. UBI is the most positive and beautiful thing we could do right now that would free us up to work on making the world better. The lyrics go : “It’s inevitable, it’s bound to happen” and when I’m feeling optimistic I think that it is, the other option of it not happening is a very grim outlook. Also capitalism is a pox on the planet and needs to go. Bam. [LW – OK so now we’re on the same page. I think?]
4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?
I just played last night because I’m currently on tour. I’m still in the afterglow of that show so I’ll just say that’s my favourite right now. We’re in a city called Bochum which is in a region in Germany called Rohrpott. It’s an industrialised working class area of Germany and we were lucky to find this really cool punk scene that’s really vibrant here. The love from this crowd is unbelievable.
Last year we played some shows in Cape Town and we met up with our Cape Town drummer Warren in a sort of braai shack by the railroad tracks near where we were staying downtown. We didn’t know there was a band on or anything so we were very pleasantly surprised to have our socks rocked right off us by this Capetonian soul, afro-blues, band called Warongx. We were the only people there and this band just fucking WENT for it for 2 hours. It was unbelievable. The next day we met the singer in town to get a CD off him and we listened to it on repeat on safari. We saw all the animals.
5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Record: Louis Brennan ‘Dead Capital’. Why haven’t people heard this? Because the record industry has terrible fucking taste and most of the channels of communication are tied up by the big record labels who want to force-feed you utter trash. Louis Brennan is good.
Book: I am a big fan of Mark Twain. You’ve probably heard of him and read some of his books. But he wrote a lot of essays they’re very entertaining quick reads.
6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
I’m thinking now about the advice older musicians gave me when I was 15 starting out. things like “the music industry is like a river of shit. and you swim through it to get to the other side”. I don’t think that was very useful information although I’ve thought about it many times over the years. I’m trying to think of good advice. maybe it’s because I’m currently on tour but my advice would be.- and I’m really breaking down the fourth wall here: Take the opportunity to poo when you can. [LW – done.]
7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.
I fucking hate this question. It’s asked in nearly every interview and I always try to think of different albums so I don’t repeat myself. Also, it’s unnatural to have a favourite album ever. It’s always changing. I’m just going to say what we’ve been listening to in the tour van. Van Morrison, The Kinks, Pascal Briggs. [LW – slow hand clap for the hot take.]
8. What are your musical goals?
Ed Sheeran covering my Universal Basic Income song. [LW – I mean, she’s just trolling us now, right? I dunno. Her PR is nagging me to publish this interview so what the hell I may as well put it on the website, but really. Wow.]
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians
You love lists. [LW – we love supporting new music, and we love people who get on board with supporting other artists!] OK here we go:
Nina Hynes – She is a genius. Really. Her musical ideas come from some strange universe that is a pleasure to visit.
A.S. Fanning – anyone who knows me knows that A.S. Fanning is my main collaborator. He is also a genius. I only work with geniuses. He keeps blowing me away with the songs he writes.
Louis Brennan – Again, incredible songwriting and sense of humour. Hitting the social commentary nail on the head.
Pascal Briggs – Pascal is what legends are made of. He has so much heart and soul.
Count Vaseline – Count Vaseline has one of the best instagrams I know and his music is brilliant too. He’s also knocking it out of the park over in America right now.