Ich bin Finn played their first – and definitely not last – LOUD WOMEN gig with us last week at the Hope & Anchor. The London punk-folk threesome wowwed us with a stonking set of rabble-rowsers and queer love songs, which set the mood perfectly for the rest of the evening’s entertainment from GGAllan Partridge and The Noise and the Naive. If you missed this epic gig, you can get to know Ich bin Finn (Finn – guitar and lead vox, Kimmi – bass and vox, and Micky – drums and surprise harmonica!) a bit better with our 10 question interview …
1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
Finn: The Band
Kimmi: Throwing Muses
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?
M: A reserve drummer to free me up, ideally Liberty DeVito.
F: I wouldn’t add any, we’re a flawless unit. And there haven’t been three of us for long so I’m still really enjoying it.
K: My cat Gary on bongos.
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?
F: At the moment we’re calling it ‘Fucking Loud’, just sat in my living room, and it’s pretty much about my girlfriend, I played it to her and she hated it. And in terms of it turning out – we’ll see!
4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?
Best gig played would probably be She17/Shefest last September as headliners. The crowd were great and the whole show was really fun. In terms of watched:
M – Queens of The Stoneage at Glasto.
F – Charlie XCX at Reading.
K – Patti Smith Horses tour at the Roundhouse!
5. Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of.
M: Zipolote Machine by the Mountain Goats.
F: Press Club‘s album Late Teens.
K: Belly’s Untogether covered by Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – goosebumps!
6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
Advice: F – Be kind to your voice, because it can disappear and once it’s gone, it’s gone. M – Find somewhere comfortable to practice, without being self-conscious or making it too difficult for yourselves. K – Don’t fret! It’s all over in a flash! (The gig, not life)
7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.
White Stripes – White Stripes
Joni Mitchell – Blue
Talking Heads – Fear Of Music
8. What are your musical goals?
1. Don’t die 2. Keep going 3. Enjoy
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
We’re unsurprisingly unsigned.
10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians
Idles – they say everything that everyone is feeling now.
Big Joanie – It’s really important to get POC punks up front. And their songwriting is killer.
Art Brut – that comeback album is a stonker
The Big Moon – they’re sassy and have great attitude
And Arxx – they’re up and coming! And put on a great live show.