Tuesday, 17 July 2012

We're Only Here For The Banter - Johnny And The Giros

Having formed in 2009, Johnny And The Giros have employed a strong work ethic to convert the masses to their side.  The six piece from Stirling have enjoyed sell out shows in Tut's, and recently released their second single, 'The Day That Friction Overcame Fun'.  With the band due back at King Tut's on 26th July as part of King Tut's Summer Nights, we caught up with them for a quick chinwag.

Hello, how are you?

Very well thank you!

It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?

It is a very tough question to answer, hard to find the balance between overselling and underselling yourself.  We play a brand of indie/electronic/pop.  We like experimenting with different sounds and pedals to try and create some interesting noises.  In terms of influences, there is a very eclectic range of personal influences but in terms of the band, common influences include Foals, Yeasayer, The Rapture and all sorts of house and electro kind of stuff.

What's your song writing process like?

Our writing process generally works with an individual idea then it gets worked on, changed, argued about, then settled somewhere in the middle.

If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

We have played some incredible shows which has taken us to all sorts of places.  We are particularly proud of playing O2 Academy and headlining King Tut's.

What have you got planned for the second half of 2012?

We have big plans afoot for the second half of 2012.  We are in the studio recording some tracks at the minute, which will be getting some sort of release.  Also planning a tour around September time.

At Scottish Fiction we focus on new Scottish music, how do you as a band view the Scottish music 'community'?

I find it very supporting of each other, we have made some really great friends doing gigs around the place.  Also with everyone using Twitter these days, it's made it far better for bands to communicate with bloggers, bookers, radio presenters and other bands of course.

What other Scottish artists would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

Oooft, there is hundreds of great artists at the minute.  Local to us there is Jack Butler, Davey Horne, Miniature Dinosaurs and Two Stripe.  Also Vigo Thieves, but I'm sure everyone will have heard of them by now, as they've had a magnificent 2012 so far.

Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us? 

A man gets in to a fight with Batman, who hits him with a vase and goes "T'Pau!"
Don't you mean "KAPOW?", asks the man.
"No" says Batman.  "I've got china in my hands!"

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