Singer/songwriter Aengus Devine has released Big Hit, the latest single from his album ADHD. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
Tell us three things about yourself?
I started playing the piano when I was four but it's really only now that I've made an album I'm happy with. So, you know, it's taken a while.
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My new album ADHD is self-written, performed and produced, apart from two co-written songs and should have been out ages before it was. I was in the studio last March mixing two of the final album tracks when it was announced the country was shutting down. So, it was released months later with the 1st single Sunflower getting its first play on RTE Radio 1 in December.
I have two little girls who love Kate Bush, Kirsty MacColl, and The Beatles so things aren't as bad as they seem.
How would you describe your music?
I like a lot of different types of music so on the new album there's jangly guitar/harmony ones like Don't Hold Out On Me, more synth-heavy songs Big Hit, which is the current single, a gospely piano song, Let My Burden Be, and so on. Destiny's Child will hopefully be a single at some stage. I've always liked people such as Beck and Elvis Costello who don't give a damn about genres and fitting in.
Who are your musical inspirations?
In terms of jangly guitars/harmonies stuff, it's hard to beat The Byrds who never seem to get enough credit for the huge influence they've had. Big Star, R.E.M., and Tom Petty wouldn't be the same without them. XTC and 10cc are bands I've always loved who can write great pop songs but are also quite eccentric in that brilliant quintessentially English way. Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd would certainly be in that vein too. Also, lots of the early synth bands. Growing up I got into old Jazz stuff from watching Woody Allen films, a lot of which have fantastic soundtracks. Planxty, Tom Waits, Debussy . . . I could go on and I already have.
How are you occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
Mostly promoting the new album. I'm doing that on my own as I don't have a manager or PR company behind it at the moment but didn't realise what a monumental task it is. I'm also writing songs for the next album, a good few of which are done. Like so many right now, I can't wait to get out and play the current album songs to people. Even going for a pint with someone now seems like far-fetched pipe dream.
What's your favourite song right now?
Almost an impossible question to answer but just so people might listen to it, Laura Marling's I Feel Your Love. There's an acoustic version and a heavier Band version of it, both equally fantastic. Can't think of many people who have pulled that off.
Favourite lyric of all time?
There's so many but again just so anybody who doesn't know it might listen to it Don't Let's Be Beastly to The Germans by Noel Coward. It's hilarious and brilliantly written like a lot of his songs. Monty Python were fans.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
That would do my head in.
Where can people find your music/more information?
You can download/stream the new album from all the usual suspects. CD copies of the album will also be available on Bandcamp shortly. You can contact me on any of the social media yokes and I'll let you know about upcoming gigs and stuff – Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter: @AengusDevine.