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INTERVIEW: Kill Cassidy

August 20, 2010 by  

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INTERVIEW: Kill Cassidy

1. Tell us who you are and where you’re from.: Tim: I am Tim Sensation, I have my parents to thank for that. I sing, write songs and gesticulate to a crowd with a megaphone sometimes.

Martino: My name is Martino and I have an old crooner to thank for that. I play guitar, write riffs and create sounds to crash into Tim’s melodies and have moved all the way from my distant home-town of Bath to the heady heights of Brizzle.

2. Describe your music.: Tim: Kill Cassidy make apocalypse-pop with widescreen ambition, pop songs for rock kids…

Martino: Martino: Epic guitar-based cinematic popular beat music.

3. Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.: Tim: I answered an ad in a now defunct retro boutique specialising in these amazing cocktails dresses in central Bristol, which mentioned Martino’s old band XisLoaded and utterly unrehearsed, managed to get his approval. Met our bass player in a park notorious for ladies of the night and muggings with a vat of punch i had stolen from a club after they shut before my dj set. Dan our drummer was found through a series of soul destroying auditions, which seemed to last forever – we tried about 15 – it was definitely worth the wait, and his soft Bristolian lilt stops us sounding like we’re from some Swiss Finishing School or summat.

Martino: That’s some pretty admirably long sentences… Yeah – like that!

4. What did you do before you were in a band?: Tim: Much the same as I did before, I’m an independent gig promoter – helps us not get ripped off as a fledgling band I guess, and keeps me grounded meeting loads of like minded musicians trying to find their way.

Martino: I was in the bands Tenner and XisLOADED from the moment I left school. I’ve not really done anything else apart from some very degrading temp jobs.


5. List the first CDs/records each of you bought.: Tim:Slightly embarrassing, though I was a young scamp of 13, Pocket Full Of Kryptonite By Spin Doctors was my first. As befits a young, disillusioned teen, I quickly discovered Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots et al, then its was Britpop through my teens – Mansun, Cable, Jocasta, Blur…

Martino: First album I paid for with my own money was either Disintegration by the Cure or Scoundrel Days by A-ha. Can’t actually remember which was first. They were the first two bands I ever saw live too though. I saw The Cure when I was 7 on a trip to Berlin with the school at which my mum was a teacher. That’s what really started me on the path of alternative music. I still love both those albums despite the fact that Scoundrel Days is pretty cringe-worthy in a lot of places.

6. What’s the band up to over the next few months?:

Tim:We’re really looking to releasing our debut single on 7″ and download through Sugar Shack on October 18th, touring the single, then it’s single #2 and our debut album in early 2011. It’s all happened so quick, feels like a rollercoaster at the moment, can’t wait to get out on the road and play to loads of new faces.

Martino: Exciting times indeed!

7. Best item of fan mail you’ve ever received?: Tim:What with facebook and myspace to people still get stuff in the post? My addressese are so temporary at the moment, that even if anything was sent, I don’t think I’d ever receive it. We were near mobbed after our show before Blood Red Shoes at Dot To Dot Festival this summer, and that’s the best fandom I could ever receive. just knowing people care and were moved THAT much is enough.

Martino: A lot of bracelets. Only ever received a few items by mail and they were mainly letters.

8. What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus? : Tim:As the current driver it is invaribaly my choice though my choice is never the most popular. Mew’s records are never far away, they’re cinematic, beautiful and dextrous, everything I want from a guitar band. We’re also partial to Manun’s back catalogue, and the odd healthy dose of some foot-on-the-monitor-rock. There’s no better escapism on the m4 corridor than that?

Martino: We all have quite different tastes so the tourbus can be quite a tempestuous place but there is thankfully some stuf we all love. There’s been mutual consensus about Grammatics (RIP) debut and Foals newest album of late so they’ve had quite an airing.

9. What gear do you use?: Tim: I proudly only have a quick release vocal mic, an sm58 and a megaphone. I’m soon to use an old telephone with a condenser mic for the distorted vocal parts, so the megaphone will be laid to rest very soon. She’s had a good run with the band.

Martino: Fender telecaster hotrod deluxe, Fender deluxe amp, Marshall JCM900 half stack and an awful lot of effects pedals of which the main ones are a marshall jackhammer, old Boss DM2 delay, crybaby wah and a line 6 delay modeller… I could go on – anyone still awake???

10. What’s your best on-tour story?: Tim: It usually involves us causing trouble whilst being too drunk after a show, despite our usually polite sobriety. Being ousted to an annexe of a farm house for speaking my mind drunkenly during a house party for speaking my mind – literally being sent to the band equivalent of the naughty chair at a kid’s playgroup – was a particular low for me, especially as we had just shared a stage with the band a matter of hours earlier. We’re nice really though, hence no stella on our rider anymore.

Martino: We develop a lot of in-jokes which probably aren’t best shared with the outside world. I do remember a rather humiliating cliche of an experience involving a shopping trolley on a night which culminated with me running up behind a large squaddie in Andover and picking him up clean off the ground. He wasn’t best pleased!!

11. What do you demand on your rider?: Tim: We’re pretty easy to please really, thought since Dan and i lived together in Bristol’s boho district Montpelier, he’s taken to everything that includes pulses and mungbeans. In reality, beers/waters/fruit/vocalzones (a singer’s saviour on tour) are gladly received, and some hot food, cos you can only live off dry air of Ginsters for so long.

Martino: Ethanol-based beverages and plenty of them. We’re harvesting for the Winter.

12. What’s your website?:



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