What’s on your rider? Won­der Vil­lains’ Kieran Coyle

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What’s on your rider? Just

beers and wa­ter. What would be on your fan­tasy rider? A gi­ant bowl of falafels and gin and ton­ics. What’s the best gig you’ve

at­tended – and why? At South By South­west this year we stum­bled upon a nerd-core rap night. It was ba­si­cally a load of cool dudes rap­ping about comic books and Doc­tor Who. Ev­ery­one was lov­ing it – that was a pretty amaz­ing gig!

And the worst – and why? We haven’t ever seen any re­ally ter­ri­ble gigs. Tour bus bunks, ho­tel rooms or couch-surf­ing? Ho­tel rooms are great – a comfy bed can be the loveli­est thing to see. But the most fun is stay­ing with friends, it’s so lovely to catch up and hang out. Who is the most fa­mous per­son to have shown up at one of your gigs?

Fat Boy Slim was at our show at Brighton’s Great Es­cape re­cently. We’re hop­ing his next tune is go­ing to be a remix of one of our songs! Tour bus tunes? Which are your ones for the road? Bruce Spring­steen – Born to Run is our favourite tune to drive to. Or any ABBA or Blondie.

Chat­ting be­tween songs – good or bad, and why? Re­ally good! Eimear is like a mini co­me­dian; she comes up with hi­lar­i­ous ban­ter all the time. When she starts a story, I have no idea where she’s go­ing with it. At a re­cent gig she some­how man­aged to fin­ish a story about tak­ing naps with “We’re from the fu­ture and this one’s called Mar­shall.” Bril­liant! How big is your en­tourage? Just the four of us, a driver – and a van. While on tour, do you do your own laun­dry? Tour­ing is gen­er­ally a hol­i­day away from do­ing laun­dry, isn’t it? Do you like to meet and greet fans af­ter the gig? Yes. It’s amaz­ing when you’re far away from home and some­one comes up and says ‘hey, I have your songs on my iPod, you guys are great!’ It’s al­ways a bit sur­real, but it does make you feel all smi­ley.

Any use­ful stage tips? Jump loads, try not to crash into each other and re­mem­ber the notes. What on-tour lux­ury would you like the most? Sleep­ing in.

What’s your best tour story? One of my favourites was the first time we played Lon­don. We ar­rived just in time to play the gig and we had to leave at 10 the next morn­ing, but we re­ally wanted to see the sights. Our man­ager said he would show us around at six the next morn­ing. We saw Big Ben, the Houses of Par­lia­ment, the Lon­don Eye and Trafal­gar Square all be­fore the shops opened.

❙❙❙ In con­ver­sa­tion with Tony Clay­ton-Lea, Won­der Vil­lains play The Spirit Store in Dun­dalk, Co Louth on Sun­day at 9pm ¤12/¤10 spir­it­store.ie

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