Tell me a bit about your band? Who are your major influences?
Ghost Robots are a five piece Alternative band from Waterford, Ireland, I guess depending on which member you ask our influences will vary. When thinking of which route we wanna go down as a band it can go from Arctic Moneys to Queens of the Stone Age to Kasabian or from Bloc Party to Franz Ferdinand. Its hard to pin point really and depending on the day it can change.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Well our singer Mick and our rhythm guitarist Dave are childhood friends but when Mick started the band Dave wasn’t originally in it he joined later. Our drummer Dael and Mick got together I guess from neutral friends and are the founding members of Ghost Robots. Mick approached Rudden who plays lead guitar outside Tesco they didn’t know each other it wasn’t anything to do with music. Mick has a female Rough Collie called Lulu and David had a male one and Mick wanted them to do the nasty so Lulu could have puppies. Somehow that formed into Rudden joining. Evan our bass player and Rudden knew each other from college and Rudden asked Evan to join after our last bass player done a runner. So that’s kind of it really.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite venues?
We have played just about everywhere there is to play in Ireland but our favourite venue over here to play is Whelans in Dublin. The best way to explain Whelans is that its the central hub for bands all across Ireland so you know you are going to playing in front of a good crowd when you play there which for an up and coming band is very important.
Who writes your songs? And what are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
Well more often then not our songs start with a simple riff or idea everyone pitches in and gradually a song is formed. Each member writes the final draft of their own parts. I guess when you say themes or topics you mean lyrics? Micks lyrics seem to vary on just about anything there’s never really a set theme. Songs can be about anything that is going on in his head at that moment really. Some songs are about walking into night clubs and getting dirty looks from the roid rage boys and duck face girls for wearing a leather jacket. Others are just observations on things from his view with a playful twist on it, and of course there’s some that have a much darker tone that he doesn’t really talk about. I think the main thing is we don’t feel the need to put a label on songs people can make up their own minds on what they think they are about and that makes it more fun.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Where to even start with this question… I guess it was getting the finale line up of members that are all in the same mind frame and have the same goals. So you can tick that box. Overcoming the challenge of getting the right people together was a hard one but it was overcome with the age old way of just not giving up. Our biggest challenge at the minute is getting over to the UK to play to as many people as we possibly can. We know that to get ourselves further up the ladder we have to gain some traction over there. We are on a roll now as a band and are after hitting our stride so we plan to get over there and have a proper whack at it this year.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
If it is really what you want to do then hit it as hard as you can and do not give up. Play outside of your home town there is no point in only playing places where your mates will show up that’s useless for your growth as a band. Finally take peoples advice but make up your own mind.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Yeah, Our next show is in Crane Lane in Cork on the 2nd of March.
What does 2017 hold for you? What can we look forward to from you?
As far as we are concerned we will be venturing a lot to the UK as much as possible so you might catch us in a venue near you. There may also be some recording in the pipeline soon. Sorry if that is a little vague we are just in the middle of sorting it all out.
Where can would-be-fans get more information about you?
The usual suspects Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and so on.
WEAPON OF CHOICE – Fender Strat
MANOVEURES – Crane Lane, Cork. To rip it up. Future holds great things hopefully.
BASE – Waterford
FOOTBALL – Grimsby Town
GUILTY PLEASURE – Vanessa Carlton- 1000 Miles
HERO – Liam Neeson
VILLAIN – Ronan Keating
AT THE BAR – Everything (We’re Irish)
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT – Pixes last show in Cork because we love The Pixies
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE – JFK
FILM – No Country for Old Men
BEST UNSIGNED BAND OUT NOW – Hollow Nothing
THREE WORDS – Relentless,Driven,Ready