8 Questions: Paddy Hanna

a3134433402_10Having recently discussed “Camaraderie,” the depressive single from Ireland’s Paddy Hanna, we get to see another side of the singer after he answered our 8 Questions.

BFoN: Favorite instrument
PH: My Guild arch top, purchased at Matt Umanov Guitars in Greenwich Village (NYC). It has only one pick up and a volume knob; also, I have never changed the strings. Simplicity is my happy place.

BFoN: Favorite book
PH: If They Move . . . Kill ‘Em!: The Life and Times of Sam Peckinpah by David Weddle.

BFoN: Musical influences
PH: That constantly changes, so I’ll just say the wind.

BFoN: Favorite album of 2014
PH: I’ve reset my musical clock and have been listening to music by the decades. 2014 was pretty much dedicated to the ’70s so I’ve yet to get ’round to the contemporary releases. I’ll let you know when I do, though.

BFoN: Star Wars or Star Trek
PH: Star Trek. In my developmental years Batman ’66 and Star Trek were two of my favourites, which would explain why I still have a thing for cosplayers.

BFoN: Which member of the band is most like a Spinal Tap character
PH: Mark Chester (guitarist, producer). He has fallen flat on his face, accidentally broken his guitar and had more tussles with soundmen then anyone else in the group. On one occasion while watching a band in Liverpool I turned to him and said, “the sad thing is that they will get a record deal well before we do.” He looked at me and said, “don’t be ridiculous, they’re awful.” Almost immediately the singer from the band got on the mic and said, “I’d just like to say tonight is very special for us because we just got a record deal.” Mark was very quiet after that.

BFoN: First album you purchased
PH: The Best of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, I particularly liked “Two Tribes.”

BFoN: Origin of your band’s name
PH: I was born with it, baby.

Many thanks to Paddy for his time. Stream/purchase his latest single “Austria” w/b-side “Camaraderie” on 7″ vinyl below.

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