Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Villagers

Conor O'Brien // VillagersWe find Villagers’ music simply stimulating. One of our favourite songs by them would have to be Nothing Arrived. The song is poignant in the best of ways; it can evoke emotions instantly as the well-crafted song draws you in with beautiful melodies and heartfelt lyrics. AMBY were fortunate enough to speak with Villagers’ Conor O’Brien, so have a read where we talk about {Awayland}, Irish bands to check out, new laws, and how they’re an “italicized kind of group”!

AMBY: Hey there Villagers! What’s the band been up to lately?

Villagers: We’ve just finished a six week tour of Europe, UK and Ireland. We played our best shows yet.

AMBY: {Awayland} is a stellar album. Which tracks are your favourite off of it?

Villagers: Thank you. I like the title track because it is pure. Other than that, my favourites change each night depending on the show.

AMBY: We have taken a real liking to Passing a Message. What’s the song about?

Villagers: That particular song is a sort of inner monologue which is happening inside the head of a waitress in a nightclub in the Burj Khalifa as she finds an escape route through the caverns of her soul and dreams of her childhood and of the childhood of the human race in general. It’s about the liberating power of self-education.

AMBY: Nothing Arrived is lyrically wonderful. Who influences you as a songwriter and lyricist?

Villagers: Thank you. I woke up one morning with the chorus of that song in my head, which was a nice surprise. Personally I think it sounds like a the lyrics of a Leonard Cohen b-side, but each to their own.

AMBY: There have been some terrific bands coming out of Ireland lately. Who would you recommend our readers check out?

Villagers: There is a very young band from Limerick called Bleeding Heart Pigeons who I would recommend heartily.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

Villagers: Off the top of my head.. Bob Dylan ‘Blood on the Tracks’ / Radiohead ‘OK Computer’ / Philip Glass ‘Solo Piano’.

AMBY: What is the craziest thing to happen at one of your live shows?

Villagers: I’ve drawn a blank. We’re not really ‘crazy’ band.

AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?

Villagers: TREAT ALL HUMANS WITH THE SAME RESPECT, REGARDLESS OF RACE, GENDER OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR BE PUT IN THE COAL-HOLE. LIFE IS SHORT AND WE MUST ALL LEARN TO LOVE EACH OTHER WITHOUT RESTRICTION.

AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?

Villagers: The same things as everyone else.

AMBY: How would you define success for yourselves as a band?

Villagers: Using italics rather than bold type. We’re an italicized kind of group. I’d put curly brackets around it too.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Villagers: The rise of atheism (Although I would define myself as more of an agnostic).

AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Villagers that nobody knows yet?

Villagers: We’re breaking apart, slowly but surely.

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Alicia Atout

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