60 Seconds With… Timothy Cannon Band

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60 Seconds With… Timothy Cannon Band


So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
The band name is the incredibly unimaginative Timothy Cannon Band. I write the tunes, play the acoustic guitar and warble, and the rest of the lads make the songs actually sound good by adding their magical instrumental superpowers to the mix.

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
I’m not afraid to wear my influences on my sleeve. David Gray is a huge one. There’s a touch of Bright Eyes, Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, and a huge dollop of Steve Poltz (just to name a few).

What do you love about making music?
Making it with this band. They are the goshdarndest best band in the universe, and a brilliant bunch of mates.

What do you hate about the music industry?
Hate is a strong word, but I really loathe artificial hype. To me, music is just a simple, natural thing that we all have in common. More often than not, a gig is just a gig and song is just a song, and an album is just an album. It’s not always “OMG the best thing ever!”, and it shouldn’t have to be.

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
If I could travel back in time, I’d just try to sit in on any Beatles recording session ever. I doubt I’d show my stuff to them though – might as well show them some finger painting!

If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why?
Call me controversial, but I’ve been a fairly staunch anti-assassinationist for quite a while now.

What can a punter expect from your live show?
Everything from quiet-as-a-mouse acoustic murmuring, to big-loud-obnoxious rock posturing. Hopefully you’ll also have your brain prodded, and your heart-strings unashamedly yanked.

What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?
It’s our debut album – Sleeping On The Shoulders Of Giants – which we recorded last year, and which is now finally available in the actual physical universe. 

 When’s the gig and with who?
3pm, Sunday February 12 at the Toff in Town.