1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
For Cherry, it all began when she was little girl, standing on a chair singing to entertain family members at informal get-togethers. “I used to get such a buzz from it and that’s where the singing bug started for me.”
For Joe, “it was in my early teens after seeing old footage of Rory
Gallagher playing live on RTE television back in N. Ireland. “I couldn’t
believe what I was seeing and from that second onwards I begged
my father to buy me a guitar. Eventually he relented.”
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Cherry explains that one of her singing idols growing up was Bjork “because she didn’t give a damn about being crazy and always pushed boundaries. I also love Tori Amos for the way she makes love to the piano when she plays it, and Jonathan Davies from Korn for his voice, his honesty and his intimacy. The common denominator is that these guys were, and still are, totally unafraid to experiment and that’s what I always try to bring to Good Guy Dies.
For Joe, his primary influences were Gary Moore, “in my humble opinion the greatest guitar player ever to pick up the instrument; Rory Gallagher because he was a fantastic musician and an incredible front man- his shows were absolutely electrifying; and Phil Lynott because he had spellbinding stage presence, was a great songwriter and an amazing romantic poet. All these guys had a lasting impact because of the great depth they had in their music, their records still sound as fresh today as the day they were made. It was a case of wild abandonment meeting beautiful melodies and great songs.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Cherry has been singing and writing songs since childhood.
Joe has been playing and writing since the moment he picked up
a guitar, aged 14. They started writing together in 2012.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We are inclined to gig every couple of weeks in London, though we’re currently in discussion with a few booking agents regarding a nationwide tour. When we’re not gigging, we’re working every day on one thing or another, whether it be rehearsing, writing new songs or working on some other band related activity.
You can catch Good Guy Dies live at the following London shows:
Fri 31st October: The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, Camden, London, NW3 2BL. Onstage 8.15pm.
Saturday 15th November: The Scala , 275 Pentonville Rd, King’sCross, London, N1 9NL (supporting Primal Scream and The Libertines). Stage time TBC.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
“I think as a band it was the experience of recording our album
With George De Angleis” says Joe, who goes on to explain: “He’s
Worked with some legends in music like Seal, Cher and Rod
Stewart and is himself a legend in the production world, so it was
an immense honour to work with him. He’s the finest musician
I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing; an incredible talent and a
great guy as well.”
Cherry adds, “Apart from that, it’s every time I walk on stage with
Good Guy Dies. It’s an electrifying experience, I just can‘t wait
for every gig to come around.”
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
We’ll be releasing our debut single on Friday 14th November
entitled “Hit Me Back”, which will have the accompanying
video available to watch on you tube.