60 Seconds With… Paul McManus And The Mayblooms

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60 Seconds With… Paul McManus And The Mayblooms


So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
Paul McManus & The Mayblooms, and I do the singer/songwriting/guitaring stuff .

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
I’ve been told we sound like a countrified version of The Drones. If that’s possible. I reckon we sound along the same lines as Wilco.

What do you love about making music?
For me it gives a sense of worth. It’s the one thing in life where you can get away with saying what you want and have people give you credit for saying it.

What do you hate about the music industry?
A lot less than I did a year ago. Maybe when people try to create exclusive clubs within it. There’s no need for that. And the lack of Aussie artists on commercial radio.

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
Warren Zevon. He would take the songs, press his magic button, and make them the most bad arse tunes around.

If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why?
Madonna for sure. Enough is enough Grandma.

What can a punter expect from your live show?
They will see a lot of banter that makes sense only to myself, a really amazing bunch of musicians, and a hell of a lot of gratitude.

What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?
Nothing for sale. Just free copies of the single at the show and online (with a cool B-side).

When’s the gig and with who?
Friday February 3 at The Wesley Anne in Northcote, with the lovely Kate Walker, and Dear Ale.

Anything else to add?
Beers at my place afterwards.