How would you describe your music?
Dee: Okay! Listen up? Bruce Springsteen is lonely. An American immigration issue screwed him into being forced to grow up in Dagenham. Same industry town; vastly different influence on a young Bruce. He feels disconnected from his homelands and soon falls into a hole of desperation. Fuelled by Essex ale, beans on toast and Ian Drury, he began writing songs like ‘The Streets of Redbridge’ and ‘Born to Walk’. He did not listen to his producers. The songs were rough, ready and….. mainly about living desperately close, but yet so far from the big smoke. Eventually he met Brian Eno whom told him to stop being such a tool and make music he loves, not music he feels people want. The first EP ‘Petrol Money’ was a stand out smash hit and he and Brian became district wide superstars in South West London thanks to the support of amazing press outlets like Loud-Stuff.com
Morris: Go Gracious then used their skills to travel to this alternative universe and stole the EP in its entirety.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Dee: Go Gracious was born out of a pair of young, hungry boys around a festival camp fire, discussing how limitations of money, opinion and what’s considered ‘cool’ really starves creativity. So with a clear head and a few sips of single malt they began to create music that really had no criteria, no boundaries and no schedule… Ok, I need to stop with the third person crap. It’s getting old. Morris and I really wanted to make music we loved, music that influenced us to keep creating, and music that made us happy. Big grooves, infectious melodies and a feel good vibe that gets us moving.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Dee: Can anyone tell I might have a thing for the Boss? Other than that i have always had a songsmith attachment to the American east coast. Always been a massive fan of pop sensibility. Nothing makes you feel as good as fast as Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked on a Feeling’. Listen……. tell me I’m wrong?
Morris: Everthing we’ve listened to and loved.
Everything we’ve listened to and hated.
Everything in between.
Everything we’ve seen.
Everything we’ve felt.
All in varying measures.
(Go Gracious are not at all influenced by sense of smell)
What inspires you?
Dee: Hassle from Morris mainly….. He has this amazing ability to fall so deeply in love with what we do and his enthusiasm and childish glee reminds me everyday why we do this. I really hope he doesn’t read this.
Morris: Dee is my muse and my inspiration. He’s the starting point and the spark to everything I do as a member of Go Gracious. Most of the beauty in our music comes as a direct reaction to his face, as well as most of the anger and heartache.
I really hope he doesn’t read this.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Dee: I write on the road a lot. I tour with a lot of bands in various roles so I’m consistently enthused and inspired by my fellow nomads and friends. I tend to come home with a lot of ideas which allows the real writing a platform. Morris and I will sift through all the crap and dribble to find those ideas that flourish into Go Gracious. Writing for your loved ones approval is tough but when it’s free form and low pressure it allows Morris to find seeds for songs that grow into songs that we both find fresh and addictive.
Morris: I definitely favour the studio (or the approximation thereof that I’ve cobbled together in my front room) for writing. Dee will come over with a few days worth of ideas and we expand from there.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Dee: I’m pretty obsessed with a song currently called “Nothing to Declare”. You can only hear it in our live show so far, but it has a Manchester Orchestra flow that it so fun to play. The dynamic story that it will hopefully tell gets me going in a huge way!
Morris: I really don’t have a favourite. We open our set with a song that currently has a working title of “M”. Like “Nothing to Declare”, the only place you can hear it at the moment is at a live show and we put it at the front because of it’s energy. It gets me riled up and hopefully that translates for the audience.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Dee: The Killers, Hobo Johnson, Michael Kiwanuka and Go Gracious. In an order that would surprise you.
Morris: Foo Fighters, Go Gracious, Spring King, PUP, and Taylor Swift. In that order.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
Dee: We currently have the technology to produce records, and within hours have them readily available to listen to. I have my hang ups about the business side of the music business, but who doesn’t? Every industry has its dark sides, so it’s important to stay focused on the music and the beauty of what is possible in the modern age! The connection between music and music fans has never been closer. Please appreciate that and whether a worldwide phenomenon or a band you saw in a dive bar in Shrewsbury….. get in contact and chat.
Morris: The perception is that the music industry is struggling and I feel this simply isn’t true. Like Dee said, it is now so easy for a musician to get their music out to their fans in a way that is quick and relatively cheap. This means that different entities now hold power, and it isn’t the record labels like it once was. It also means that there is far more music available to the consumer than ever before, which is obviously great for the consumer, but means that the pot of money in the industry needs to be spread further, so a successful artist ends up with less, because there are more of them.This makes it harder for the artists to be able to focus 100% on music because there simply isn’t enough money left for them to do so. The industry as a whole is strong, and more varied than ever before, which makes it much harder to or those who approach it a means of getting rich. “Making it” just means something different now. Change is not always a bad thing, but when something changes to benefit one group, it usually has a negative effect on another.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Dee: I was working with a band called Augustines a few years back in Hamburg. The venue owner had wheeled out this 6 foot Nutcracker! You know, from the Ballet #classy. He had to throw it out so politely asked if anyone fancied taking him home. The Promoter and I both shot up our hands resulting in a good old fashioned stand off. The result…… a race up a 7 flight spiral staircase. Now I’m not known for my physical prowess, but damn I wanted this Nutcracker. The next two hours were spent bribing the tour bus driver to let me steal a bunk for my new friend. Negotiations were a success and the newly named ‘Graham’ still resides in my local drinking establishment in Shepherds Bush. Head to The Defectors Weld on Shepherds Bush Green and ask to see Graham upstairs. You wont be disappointed.
Morris: I was out as a FOH engineer on a tour that made it’s way through Glasgow. After the show the band were selling merch and singing things for fans. A women was routing through her handbag for something she wanted the band to sign and eventually locates a huge fake turd, creating the following conversation:
Fan: “Would you sign ma jobby?”
Band member: “Is that a poo?!”
Fan’s husband: “Oh for Christ sake, you’ve not got your shit out again have ya?!”
The way the Scottish use language is truly spectacular.
What are your future plans?
Dee: As many shows as possible….. shows, shows and shows. Maybe another EP at the end of the year but don’t be greedy. Listen to the new one and be damn well happy about it. Also I’m thinking about buying a peace lily. You?