Gaoler’s Daughter are London based quartet churning out quality tunes that will have you grooving and moving. With a loyal fan-base and their debut album set for release in April, the band spoke to AMBY about Albanian dancers, Stravinsky and the meaning behind their name.
AMBY: How would you describe Gaoler’s Daughter’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Ben: London based, reverb washed, Rock n’ Roll.
AMBY: Where did the name Gaoler’s Daughter come from?
Ben: She’s a character from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘Wind In The Willows’. She sets ‘Toad’ free from prison by dressing him up as a washerwoman.
AMBY: How Do You Know is a cool song, what is the story behind the song?
Ben: We wanted to write a more straight ahead surf guitar tune. We jammed the music together for a while before John wrote words. The melody he wrote for his lyrics along with Alex and Alfie’s driving riff really made the song take off!
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
Alfie: The traditional Albanian dancers we had on stage with us last year, when we played at Korca beer festival, it had two types of beer it was quite funny because it was so surreal.
John: I don’t know about funny, but I hit a child in the face with a glowstick; misjudged the throw completely.
Ben: At Lounge On The Farm a bumble bee flew around us on stage. I panicked and nearly fell off my drum stool mid-song. The bee then flew towards Alfie. He just smiled and blew it a kiss and it was on it’s way. I looked like a big baby and Alfie looked like a super cool mother-fucker! The moment was captured for prosperity by none other then Don Letts who was filming the gig.
AMBY: What does the band have planned for 2013?
Ben: Releasing our debut album. We have released 3 EPs and 3 singles but it’s about time we released an album. It’s recorded and mixed. We just need to master it and work out who’s gonna release it. We may even release it ourselves as we have done before. The recording and mixing was paid for by our fans via a Donate campaign we ran off our website. We have been overwhelmed by the support we had. Hopefully it’ll be out in April. It sounds awesome!
AMBY: Who would your dream gig be with?
Alex: The Fall
Ben: All my heroes are dead. I want to play with Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Miles Davis, Stravinsky and Bo Diddley. That said, it’s always fun to play with your friends. We always have fun when we’re playing gigs with other bands that we know and love.
John: The Cure in the eighties. Actually, yeah Bo Didley would be a good gig, along with Little Richard to support.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Alfie: Patrice Roberts, Denise Belfon.
John: Black Sabbath, John Martyn
Ben: Filthy Boy, The Savages, Real Fur, Fiction, CUT and Black Sabbath,
AMBY: If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would you choose?
Alfie: Ray Mears, Snoop Dogg, Steve Buscemi.
John: I’ll second Ray Mears because you wouldn’t need to buy any food, I’d just let him forage and see what he comes up with. Maybe stock a Vienetta for dessert.
Alex: The Chapman Brothers, Nick Cave
Ben: Morrissey; having been a huge fan of his lyrics for most of my life, I would love to find out for myself whether he really is Britain’s most talented lyricist, or just a self-important, bigoted asshole, or both.
David Cameron; I would just like to spend the whole dinner abusing, making fun off and insulting him until he cried and gave up leadership of the country. It’s my dinner so I can do what I want. I’m sure Morrissey would join in with me too. We could destroy him. Sune Rose Wagner; I love The Raveonettes. Sune and Sharin are always fun to be around and Sune has great taste in wine. So, he would definitely be invited. Sharin could come too but I only have enough food for three right? Maybe Sharin can eat David’s dinner and he can go hungry?
AMBY:What has you excited for 2013?
Alfie: I’m at bit of a loose end really, I thought the end of the world was in December, I haven’t planned ahead at all.
John: Releasing the album and playing live.
Alex: Hopefully get some good festival slots.
AMBY:And lastly, what’s something about Gaoler’s Daughter that nobody knows yet?
Alfie: I was an extra in the film ‘The Hole’ wearing no more than a smile in the Shower scene.
John: I can impersonate William Hague, but nobody else.
I must point out that not only is this band great, but they also made AMBY history! Thank you Gaoler’s Daughter, for not only giving us your answers, but also being our first-ever colour coordinated interview!
Alicia & Yaz Atout