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