Interview - Pedant
MR engages in some extreme pedantry with Duncan Hannavy of Pedant to find out what they are up to. Words Anthony Firmin, photos Cai Dixon.
Interestingly I joined a Facebook group called ‘Extreme Pedantry’ just a few hours before seeing Pedant, “yes, I had spotted that group” muses Duncan.
Sadly, the band suffered from being first on the bill and the audience was a tad lacking to say the least but Duncan certainly sees the positives “it was a bit of a quiet show but the sound is good here and it is nice to meet some of the other bands like The Fighting Keegans who I had heard a lot of great things about but took this as an opportunity to enjoy playing and make the most of it.”
I’ve seen you before at the Riff Conspiracy and I think I enjoyed your performance more this evening, it seemed more intense and was a great set.
“I was pretty grumpy today so it was a good vent” responds Duncan.
What have Pedant been up to?
“We recorded a demo about 8 months ago and just picked up the odd gig, nothing dramatic as we all North-West based, but slowly working on new material. It is something of a lazy process. We have all been in a number of bands and this is the first time where it’s not anything apart from us messing about, being mates and playing together. It makes the writing process much slower but also makes it stress free which is always nice.”
Are there plans to release any of this?
“We are hoping to get a few things recorded in the Autumn, just some self-produced stuff, but beyond that we don’t have any grand plans.”
What about gigs?
"The next thing we have got is at Old Courts in Wigan (the gig has since been cancelled) playing with a band called Thing. Andy Priest who is the drummer from Under, it is a psychedelic band that he fronts and plays guitar in, it turns out he can turn his hand to anything. There is a song on YouTube called Carousel which is really good" and I have subsequently listened to and can agree it is good and is very psychedelic.
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