So, with no further ado, here are the “inspired” questions I put to Under A Banner and Adam's very open responses.
Q: Who would you consider yourself to be similar to, or are you that alternative that you can't size yourselves up against any mainstream artists?
“We have been variously compared to Frank Turner, The Levellers and New
Model Army to name just a few. I'm aware of the last two (we've even
supported N.M.A) but, still to this day, I've never heard any Frank
Turner. I always tell people we're a mostly acoustic blend of what we feel
has been the best alternative music of the last 40 or so years.”
Q: Other than general life and your emotions, who or what inspires your music?
“Nature in all its majesty is a big inspiration, as are politics, people
and thousands of other emotions and abstractions. I respond lyrically to
anything and everything that's worthy.”
Q: Do you feel as a two person band you're taken any less serious?
“Although Jonny and I are the core of the band, we almost always, play as
a full band, with electric as well as acoustic instruments. These include
guitars, keys and violin.”
Q: What are your musical aspirations; do you want to headline at a major music festival or is it all about the music not the “being known” that's important?
“Whilst it is primarily about the music, we'd love to play some big
music festivals and large venues around the world. The chief ambition is
to play music for a living.”
Q: Time for a cheesy one! If you could perform with anyone either live or recorded, whom would you choose and why?
“Honestly, I'd love to perform with a 10 piece orchestra like one of my
favourite bands Ambrozijn. I'd also like to record with the
backing of celtic harpists and an Indonesian Gamelan orchestra!”
Q: Finally, what special message have you got for the world?
“I think that artists with special moral messages sometimes have
questionable motives; they sometimes share these to assuage their guilt.
It would be arrogant of me to try and tell people how to behave. It would
be great if folks could just be nice to one another. Beyond that, eat
fresh fruit and veg, read a lot and listen to Under A Banner ;)”
Brilliant answers, and hopefully the questions weren't to cheesy.
To find out where Under A Banner are playing and hear some of their great music head to their website, NOW!