Irish indie-rock quartet Gangs (Jordan Curtis, Dan Smith, James Connolly, and Jonny Halpin) release their new single 2.15 on February 20th. To find out more about the song, AMBY was lucky enough to catch up with the band in a recent interview. Dig in as we discussed their sound, their name, and a funny gig moment involving a man and his cheating ex.
AMBY: Hello GANGS, please introduce yourselves to AMBY!
GANGS: Hello there, I’m Johnny (Drums). Hi I’m Dan (Guitar). I’m James Connolly (Guitar). I’m Jordan (Vocals)
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
JAMES: Our sound is rock and roll, which probably doesn’t mean much to people straight away because rock and roll has been so diluted nowadays. But what we aim for is to bring rock and roll back to its roots.
JOHNNY: More than a sound, it’s an attitude. We try to get across more than just music in what we do.
JORDAN: Most importantly, we sound like our favourite bands.
AMBY: We’re really enjoying your track Crumbs In The Bed. What inspired the song?
JORDAN: Being from where we’re from, Dublin. Crumbs is a song about wanting to get out of there, find something different, find something that interests us. We don’t hate out hometown, but we know there’s more beyond it and that’s what we try to say with most of our songs.
AMBY: Your single 2.15 comes out this month. What can fans expect to hear from the new track?
JORDAN: It tackles the same themes as Crumbs, but it’s far more melodic than anything we’ve done so far.
JAMES: Yeah we’ve taken the musical side of things very far forward, 2.15 is sort of an evolution from Crumbs. It’s more punchy, more serious.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to GANGS at a gig?
DAN: Some guy jumped on stage once and grabbed the mic. He had found out his girlfriend cheated on him so he outed her and the other guy, right there on stage. We were the only ones laughing.
AMBY: Where did the name GANGS come from?
JAMES: We’re a gang. We dress the same, like the same music. That’d an important thing for us to get across, anyone that becomes a fan, joins our gang more or less.
AMBY: Which three of your influences would you love to have a jam session with?
GANGS: George Harrison, because he was the coolest Beatle. Terry Hall from The Specials because he’s just a role model to us all and Keith Moon, cause he was a party animal!
AMBY: What are the top five things to do on your bucket list?
JOHNNY: To play Glastonbury, definitely.
DAN: To get an international #1 record.
JORDAN: Probably to go back to my old school and cause a stir.
JAMES: To get to a stage where we see we’ve inspired other bands. We’d all agree that for the band, top of the bucket list would be to receive appreciation from one of our influences.
AMBY: Which 2014 release are you most looking forward to?
JAMES: We’ve been hearing talk of a Kinks reunion and of The Stone Roses reappearing again, either or both of those and we’d be delighted.
AMBY: What’s the best release of 2013?
DAN: It was actually late 2012 but Lonerism by Tame Impala grabbed all four our attentions all last year.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about GANGS that nobody knows yet?
JOHNNY: Jordan’s middle name is Levi Moses….
JORDAN: Yeah, and that we rehearse in a printing factory.
Thank you Gangs, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout