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The Last Word
Interview: Andrew Kelham
LIST THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU?
“Gentle, sweet and kind.”
BOTTLE THINGS UP OR LET IT ALL OUT?
“Being an Irish Catholic I’ve bottled a lot of things up, but now I’m letting them out and they’re very fizzy.”
DO YOU VIEW THE WORLD THROUGH A GLASS HALF-EMPTY, OR HALF-FULL?
“The glass used to be half-empty, but now it’s half-full. I think meeting Bridget Regan [Regan, fiddle player] changed that, she has given me a whole different outlook on life.”
YOU WAKE UP SUDDENLY AT 4AM – WHAT’S UP?
“I wake up early every morning on tour. I wake up around then and just roll around the bunk. I’m a light sleeper which is never good when you’re sleeping on a moving vehicle.
WHAT RECORD DO YOU LISTEN TO THAT CHEERS YOU UP?
“The Dubliners’ ‘Finnegan Wakes’, which was recorded live at The Gate Theatre in Dublin. That or anything by Beethoven.”
SOMETHING YOU REGRET DOING?
“That last drink at the end of the night. Apart from that I don’t do regret, everything happens for a reason and if it didn’t kill you or somebody else then there’s nothing to regret.”
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE IGNORED?
“I don’t know, perhaps, ‘You would make a good footballer, son.”’
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR EIGHTH DEADLY SIN?
HOW LONG DO YOU SPEND IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR IN THE MORNING?
“Not one single second. Look at me, would you want to be that mirror?”
LAST TIME YOU GOT UPSET?
“Yesterday. I am constantly flaring up and constantly in need of apologising to at least one person. I am an idiot sometimes. It is always alcohol related, I just say and do stupid things.”
WHAT WAS YOU PLAN B?
“This was not even ‘Plan A’. There was never a plan. I wasn’t allowed back into Ireland when this band started as my visa had lapsed, so I was stuck and I started to miss a lot of things about home. When I heard Bridget play the fiddle I wanted to start writing songs that reminded me of home as I was unable to get there.”
WHAT’S YOUR ULTIMATE AMBITION?
“To be happy.”
WHAT RECORD DO YOU NEVER CONFESS TO OWNING?
“Probably something by Queen. I lost track of them after, ‘A Day At The Races’, but if there is something that people do not know about me it is that I am a huge Freddie Mercury fan. He was fantastic. Every now and then I will watch a DVD of him before I go onstage, particularly if I am nervous.”
WORST DAY OF YOUR LIFE?
“Definitely my father’s death when I was 10 years old, because at that age you don’t deal with stuff. I had never addressed it in any way until I started this band. Flogging Molly helped me write lyrics I never wanted to.’
PROUDEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE?
“Having my son as best man on my wedding day.”
BEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY?
“Not too fucking many, I will tell you that. My friends and I were stealing wood from a nun’s house once and the police caught us. They took us home, let us off and played football with us. That was funny.”
MAIN NON-MUSICAL HOBBY?
‘I like reading and watching football, but it’s hard to have a hobby when you are on the road for nine months out of the year.”
WORST / BIGGEST VICE?
“Alcohol is the only vice I have, but I do like butter too.”
THE AFTERLIFE AND GHOSTS – A LOAD OF BOLLOCKS OR ACTUALLY TRUE?
“I want to believe. I think the thing that puts me off ghosts is those stupid reality shows on TV where they try to make even dead folks famous. I would love to believe in the afterlife, you really hope that people can be together forever.”
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEBERED FOR?
“Being okay on a good day.”
WHAT WILL BE YOUR FAMOUS LAST WORDS?
“Shouldn’t have done that!” The album ‘Float’ is out now on SideOneDummy. Catch Flogging Molly on tour in November; see gig guide for dates.