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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

DOGSTOCKTERVIEW #3: A few words with Dan Lever (Some Bird)

INTERVIEW CONDUCTED ONLINE

Dan. Hi. What you wearing?

hat

Not only still fronting Dog Sunday acoustic night, funking one off in Some Bird you're helping out da kids with something called DNA. The fucks that about? Anyways, DNA have worked with (through Raise the Youth) Bam C Major and Trouble who are going to kick some gangsta ass at Dogstock on Sunday. What they cooking up for us?

Hang on, I'm just ordering a chicken. Right, ok, yes, we have some lethal mcs who are sneaking in the back door for this Dogstock. They're grimy boys, with some old school hip hop flavours thrown in for good measure. Despite their age, they're experienced performers - Trouble is a freestyle specialist, and Bam's been performing for 12 years or so. I offered to join them onstage with my acoustic guitar, but they knocked my shopping out of my hand and called me a nonce.

You've been hosting Dog Sunday for about a million years now, you bored yet?

Dog Sunday is dead important to me, but I'm finding at the moment that the health of the night is improved by varying the hosts as much as possible. It was generally pretty varied anyway - me, me dad, Cookers, Lomax - but as time's gone on, fuckers have gotten flakey - strokes, babies, gunlove, etc - and I've been left holding the can. We've been using full bands to host it - Limbs, Throwing Pandas, etc - and that works brilliantly, for the band, the audience, and the guest players - what solo artist wouldn't appreciate borrowing Limbs for the night as a backing band? I still really enjoy playing, but it's tempered by the understanding that people have heard me waaay too much, and I need to be sparing.

 
Some Bird have darkened the Dogs door a couple of times but there's a real buzz about this years performance. Do you feel the band is forming into what you had in mind when you formed? Did you have anything in mind when you formed?

Ignore the buzz, that's just Vince's amp. We're on a nice writing jag at the mo, Mr Tiger Bass suits the 'scruffy and incompetent' vibe we've worked so hard to perfect. He's good though, the dirty riff monster. He's like the Dude's rug, really ties the room together. Dogstock is his first ever gig, so I'm glad we've got our shit together for this one. It's fair funky stuff, which is sort of what I've been hoping for from day one. Sundays is defo my favourite Dogstock day though - I've not seen Ook and the Elephant in years, and I'm hoping the babysitter holds out long enough that I can watch Suburban Sons.

Before I go, what type of hat is it?

the hat is a cheap symbolic one that I use for doffing in online social engagements such as this.



Some Bird and Trouble and Bam C Major rock da house on Dogstock Sunday.

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