And so it begins…

Today sees the start of Knockanstockan Music Festival down in Blessington Lakes.  Here at Inky Wrists we are currently packing gumboots and cameras and  are about to head down to check out the action. Tonight we are pretty psyched to see  And So I Watch You From Afar (above) who are playing at 11pm on Stage 1. Keep checking here and on Twitter for updates on the festival, videos, mini interviews and exciting posts throughout the next few days! On that note we thought we’d leave you with some old interviews from October that we’ve done with some of the acts from this years lineup…

-Sounds Of System Breakdown (playing Saturaday at 12.00-1.00 in the Circus Tent)

Hello Sounds Of System Breakdown!! How did SOSB get together?

During college I started experimenting with live electronic music while I should have been learning Photoshop, and for a few years I performed solo under SOSB. When I began recording last year I needed a drummer to replace some of the possibly copyrighted drum samples on my recordings so I asked Adam, who was in Trinity with a friend of mine, to come on board. Adam and Conan Wynne, who I had jammed with on and off for years, became an integral part of the live show pretty quickly, so we officially became a three piece. Richy replaced Conan earlier this year and brought a bunch of new ideas and instruments into the mix.

How did you come up with the band’s name?

Sounds of System Breakdown is nicked from the marketing speil from some glitch audio software I was thinking of buying years ago. I was goingthrough a total Aphex Twin phase at the time and I thought that it would be fitting. We love the sounds you can create by abusing technology, like chip music, circuit bending and the like. Also, given the amount of gear we use live, it also serves as a description for our inevitable on-stage technology breakdowns.

So far, what has been the best gig you’ve played?

Thats a difficult one. For the buzz, our best gig was probably Sibin Festival at the start of the summer. It was more of a dance festival with a band stage tacked on. At the start of our set the heavens opened and the huge tent we were playing in was suddenly full of heads trying to avoid the rain. Everyone was dancing like mad yokes and it totally made up for me falling off the back of the stage during sound check.

Whats your favourite biscuit?

Bourbon Creams, try to eat all the biscuit off without touching the filling till the end…


-Hassle Merchants (play Saturday, Stage two 19.30-20.30)

For our next interview we lured Hassle Merchants into our kitchen for some biscuits (pink and oversized was their preference) and a bit of a chat.  Hassle Merchants are a band which is still fairly green. They haven’t released any music to date but they are known for their energetic live sets. Full of energy and good craic  its impossible not to like these guys.

So any plans to record some new songs?

Yeah, we’re hoping to release an EP soon, maybe in December, we’re going to go into recording soon.

If you pick any one famous person to play in your band who’d it be?

Gandhi! He wouldn’t play anything, but he’d just stand there. It’d be deadly.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?

It would probably be Knockanstockan last year, some of our mates organized it, it was a good laugh!

With that, we went our separate ways, The Hassle Merchants complete with a giant 3 litre Tesco bottle of cider…

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