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