After listening to So Cow ,I think, anyone who likes their rock ‘n’ roll straight up , no ice, is going to add So Cow to their must see or listen to more list. Their fifth Album “The Long Con” comes out in September on Goner Records. I find myself listening intently trying to pick up on who they remind me of, it’s a bit of everything from The Fresh & Onlys to The Cynics. Overall just off the chart cool stuff. So I say, give a listen and if your looking for a new Band to occupy your time with some kick ass tunes, So Cow is that Band. I’m looking forward to the release of “The Long Con” that will be a must have on vinyl , can’t wait! AND, yet another reason to get yourself to Gonerfest 11.
Meet The Band…..
Hi our name is….
So Cow, and we are from the west, south and east of Ireland.
And our sound might be best described as….
Noisy pop music. Not much in the way of bells and whistles, though
both have featured in the past.
Brian Kelly (guitarist, shortarse), Jonny White (bassist, newly
muscular), Peter O’Shea (drummer, half-Chinese).
We are originally from…..
The towns of Tuam, Cashel and Leixlip. The most famous of these is
probably Cashel, which has a big castle built into/onto a rock.
Pavarotti sang there once. I don’t think he’s been back.
Who are some that have an influence on your sound??
The stock answers are Flying Nun stuff (Brian), McLusky (Jonny) and
Audacity (Peter). So I guess somewhere in the middle of all of that.
The first time we met was…..
I (Brian) had been recording on my own for ages. Jonny joined me on
extremely short notice when another bass player pulled out 48 hours
before a show. He hadn’t played bass before but he learned the lot.
Fair play to him. Pete came along about 18 months later. I think we
all first met in the concrete shed behind my Mum’s house. I presume it
was awkward for a bit.
We knew we were going to be a Band when………
I guess when we spent about 2 hours together without anyone wanting to
walk off and not be seen again. Which is a great moment in the history
of any band. We’re much wiser now though and can regularly be found in
three different corners of the same room.
What are you looking forward to most at Gonerfest this year?
Being in Memphis for a start. Getting to visit Goner Records store
again. Meeting the Goner folks. Meeting mates from all over. Maybe
seeing what the new Hi-Tone is like. Genuinely great food. We’re only
there for the Thursday and Friday, so as regards seeing shows, I’m
looking forward to Len Bright Combo, Ausmuteants, Paul Collins at that
gazebo…the whole lot.
Our craziest gig ever was….
I don’t know about craziest. I don’t remember them so much. I only
really remember the hateful, sorrowful ones like the time in
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada when we ended up playing U2 covers
out of spite. I’m pretty sure I got my arse out at that show for some
reason. I also recall me and Jonny spitting at each other. I’m sure we
had our reasons. In general, So Cow shows are fairly peaceful,
reasonable affairs attended by people who look vaguely like us.
The first song we wrote was…….
A song called To Do List, which we still play. The song is now 14
years old, which goes some way to explaining why I’m sick of it. It
was written to impress a lady, as are about 90% of songs.
What tunes are you currently jamming to…
Right now, I’m listening to The Dukes of Stratosphear a lot. I’m
enjoying the work of XTC although reactions to individual songs range
from “Ah, deadly!” to “Ah here, fuck off!”. There’s a band in Ireland
called Oh Boland that I’m always listening to. Otherwise, the same 30
or so songs I’ve been listening to since I was 15. It’s hard to break
into that group.
What are some of the 1st songs you remember listening to that made you
say, that’s what I want to do
Listening to ‘Hello Goodbye’ by the Beatles made it sound like
something fun to do.
When you’re touring and have some time off , where could we find you..,.,
In a compact rental car. One of us will be asleep in the back. One of
us will be driving. One of us will be reading. For the little time we
actually get to spend in any place, we generally eat somewhere cheap
and wander around within 500 metres of the venue. We’re all big fans
of Waffle House, a place I’m assuming you all think is the worst thing
ever, but we Irish find magical, exotic and wondrous, until about day
The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us
That as you listen to us, we are most likely at work, either teaching
Venezuelans irregular verb forms, telling people why injuries
resulting from jumping out of moving cars for a laugh isn’t covered by
travel insurance or (in Pete’s case) going to Buckingham Palace to
teach kids to do computer programming for reasons that still aren’t
So now that you have yet another reason to get your tickets to Gonerfest, what are you waiting for…
and to learn more about Gonerfest…
to follow So Cow…