What's on your rider? Morty McCarthy from sul­tans of ping

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What’s on your rider?

A bot­tle of Black Bush is a must, oth­er­wise our singer Niall O’Fla­herty won’t go onstage. Other than that, it’s the usual stan­dard fare of beer, skit­tles and crisps.

What’s the best gig you’ve at­tended?

That’s a hard ques­tion. We sup­ported the Ra­mones on their last Euro­pean tour back in the 1990s and they were amaz­ing.

And the worst?

The Stone Roses at Read­ing in 1996 still was one big let­down. Ian Brown couldn’t hit a note that night.

Tour bus bunks, ho­tel rooms or couch­surf­ing?

Sul­tans have never been in a tour bus. No one in their right minds would rent one out to us, so it’s gotta be ho­tel rooms un­der false names. Usu­ally Not­ting­ham For­est play­ers’ names from the 1970s.

Who is the most fa­mous person to have shown up at one of your gigs?

Chris Wad­dle and Stu­art Pearce have been to shows in the past. We seem to at­tract a cer­tain vin­tage of foot­baller. Lily Allen and

Florence Welch have also been spot­ted.

Tour bus tunes? Which are your ones for the road?

Al­ways a source of con­flict within the band. Niall usu­ally wins the bat­tle with his Ja­panese pop se­lec­tions. Niall doesn’t al­low any of the band to speak on stage, even though our gui­tarist, Sammy Steiger, oc­ca­sion­ally at­tempts to.

We have man­aged to col­lect quite an en­tourage over the years. Wa­ter di­vin­ers from Pre­ston, hol­i­day camp hosts from Es­sex, hos­pi­tal ra­dio DJs – a whole range of char­ac­ters to keep us en­ter­tained.

Sul­tans don’t have much of a sense of smell, so we wait un­til we get home, usu­ally.

Noth­ing beats look­ing the pub­lic in the eye on a wet Wed­nes­day in Don­caster.

Any use­ful stage tips?

Avoid eye con­tact with the singer at all times.

In con­ver­sa­tion with Tony Clay­ton-Lea. Sul­tans of Ping play Cork’s Cyprus Av­enue tonight and the Indiepen­dence Fes­ti­val to­mor­row

Chat­ting be­tween songs – good or bad? How big is your en­tourage? While on tour, do you do your own laun­dry? Do you like to meet and greet fans af­ter the gig?

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