Twinmusix chat with Stiff Little Fingers about their australian tour
what can fans expect from your Australian tour?
It's a continuation of our 40th anniversary so I think we will slightly change the set list from the one we have been doing. We still want to give everyone a representative look on your career as we have done for everyone else so trying to cover 40 years in an hour and a half is pretty tricky. There are a number of songs you can't leave out and we will throwing some unexpected songs and ones that haven’t been played for a while. By the time we get to Australia we should have some new material worked out. There should be one or two new songs in the set how are we going to fit that in in an hour and a half I don't know.
What gear do you use on stage?
Marshall, Jmt guitar, amplifiers, Ampeg amp the drums are from Marshall natal drums. Jim Marshall who originally signed to the company was a drummer he wanted to form a drum company but ended up making the best guitars on the planet, ESP guitars and Schecters guitars. And our guitars are plugged straight into the amplifiers. That's because having played for 40 years you know all the stuff that can go wrong and Peddles are the one thing that can go wrong.
How did you come up with your band name?
We we're originally going to call our self the fast and we booked our first gig in Belfast in Ireland and someone pointed out to us there was a band in New York with that name bit we didn't think that would affect us we thought we would just play a few pubs in Northern Ireland. We thought we can't have the same name as another band so we got in touch with the bar we were playing at and said we are changing our name and he said you have to give us your new name because I'm about to put the weekly add in the newspaper and I can't just put some random band so I grabbed the nearest album cover which was a band called the vibrators and ran my fingers down the song titles and there was a song called Stiff Little Fingers so I said tell them we are called Stiff Little Fingers and we will think of something better after the first gig. Back in those days getting a good review meant you would get more shows and we got a good review for the first show so we got stuck with the name.
Who inspired you to get into music?
Originally it was a guitarist called Rory Gallagher I saw him play on television I was very young I think I was twelve. I've always been a pop music fan like most kids I bought what was in the top 20. I was watching the English Football results and as soon as they finished. I was about to wonder away from the television set and suddenly this song started up and it was to us band it was their farewell show. The local TV station had decided to show it. I was transfixed I stopped and turned around and sat back down again and sat through the show. I went back to the kitchen and said to my mum I need a guitar so that was the start of it. They got me a guitar the following Christmas I think they left it a year to see if I grew out of it because 12 years old kids tend to have obsessions that last three months and move onto something else. But I was still very insistence so the next year they bought me one.
If you could have any band play one of your songs which band would it be and in your style or there's?
I would like a band to cover one of our more obscure songs in their style.
What's your favourite song to play on tour?
A song called when we were young because I like the dynamics in it and the lyrics of the song and showing off on the guitar which I don’t get to do often.
What's your favourite gig memory?
A show we do in Glasgow on St Patrick's Day I think next year will be our 27th year in a row doing it which is insane it's a lifetime really. Glasgow has a really special bond with the band and right from the start of out career they have been very welcoming. It's a big old dance built in the 30s or 40s and it was designed for people to dance with the Glenn miller orchestra back in the day. It has a sprung dance floor which is fantastic for when your folks or there folks would of been dancing the Fox Trot.Because it bounces you into the air a bit. It wasn't designed for two thousand punk rockers bouncing you u and down at the same time and they get some height it's something to see.
Anything else you want to announce to your fans?
We are looking forward to coming to Australia and we always have a great time.