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1. Cru cru Gerard Lewis from Higher Music State, super nice to have the chance to chat with you. First and foremost what got you into music?

Hey Pigeon, coo coo! Me and Bobs (Andrea) were singing together when we were knee high to a pigeon's after thought. Our dad was a musical man and we had a fabulous grand piano in the house which he'd play and we'd stand about and sing for him at Christmas. He also liked to play the squeezebox when he was drunk. His favourite was the flute though, which he played as part of a quintet, an orchestra, or solo naked round a stone circle on the summer solstice.

2. What is "Overboard" and why is it so damn catchy?

“Overboard” is our album of what is people are telling us is called “alt-folk-rock” apparently? And as for its innate catchiness…Well, we did drink quite a bit of Tenzing during breaks in play (other carbonated herbal drinks are available, of course. I mean, probably….. Maybe not actually? One feels there must be room in the market for a range of meat drinks. “Here at Volvic we pride ourselves in bringing you the best in mineral water and energy drink products, and it is with great pleasure that we introduce to you today details of our fascinating new “Volvic Remeat” range of drinks. We all know how hard it can be to enjoy the benefits of meat in this day and age. Well the “Volvic Remeat” range is designed to give you access to meat 24 hours a day – that’s optimum performance with minimum fuss. It comes in three distinctly unique flavours, so whether you’re hightailing it with the Wags and fancy a cool, refreshing bottle of Volvic Rejoice (containing at least two percent real burger-flavoured juice); or you’re bitterly disappointed about the mundanity of your bleak existence and fancy a lukewarm can of Volvic Recooperate (made with the juice of up to seven invigorated chickens), or you’ve simply got diaorrhea and happen to have a glass of Volvic Renaissance to hand (may contain fish eggs) – the Volvic Remeat range could be just the thing. Volvic Remeat – refreshing meat flavoured drinks for the modern world!”). So it could have been something to do with that.

3. What's your top 3 indie rock records of all time?

I've got a real thing for Revelations by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. It's been going on for a while. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea by P J Harvey would probably get involved. OK Computer is consistently delightful. Are those indie rock records?

4. What’s the best advice you ever gave?

I keep advising my daughter to empty her tanks before she goes to bed. Might not be the best, but it's got to be up there. Solid advice anyway. I'd say the same to anyone.

5. How is your experience as an indie artist going?

The music bit is great. Soul filling existence therapy. The marketing sort of balances it out.

6. Who was playing on your headphones when you were growing up?

This is a bit tricky because I rarely wore any - anything inanimate that got attached to my younger self always got destroyed in a day or two. I do remember going to Italy when I was maybe 15 with a pair and borrowing my mate's Terence Trent D'arby. I remember thinking that was pretty good stuff.

7. Who's your favorite artist from the folk scene?

I saw Cerys Hafana the other night - plays a Welsh Triple Harp - that was pretty special. She should be a favourite for just trying to tune it. First time I saw Richard Thompson going for it should be enough to make him a favourite. Simply awesome on the guitar and that old powerful voice telling stories to make you weep. Caught me from nowhere.

8. Do you consider yourself a music - nerd?

I'm probably too self-obsessed to be sufficiently interested in music to be considered a music nerd.

9. What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Trinity Is Still My Name.

10. Do you agree with the Pigeon?

I never haven't and I don't intend to start now.


Check out the new original album by Higher Music State: Overboard!

"Slide off and Die" introduces itself through intense beats and fast riffs that establish an excellent synergy with the lo-fi guitars and relentless percussion. Shouting vocals and Sonic Youth-inspired melodies should be fined for speeding and excessive charisma! These hyper-fast motorized guitars give you a perpetual feeling of movement! I can't stand the constant G-forces that this opener subjects me to, displaying extraordinary virtuosity on the strings. "Daydream Nation" would be proud and the progressive structure is constantly fascinating and never ceases to amaze with strident refinements! That's how you open a record!

The Pigeon added the new single to his Weekly Gems playlist on Spotify. You can check out the released music below. If you like what you hear, make sure to follow along so you can stay on top of future releases!

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