The Kavanaghs are a rock band from Argentina; signed to Eternal Sunday Records, from Rosario in Argentina. Although The Kavanaghs are extremely busy promoting and touring we were really happy at Song Revelation when Tiago from the band agreed to complete an in-depth feature interview with us. Read on to discover The Kavanaghs musical inspirations, what they’re currently working on and what they do to relax when not working.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
We´re a rock & pop band enjoying our musical journey…writing songs to fly everywhere and find a place in your iPhone.
Q: What is your musical background?
I started playing drums when I was 9, then finding myself taking piano classes and teaching myself to play guitar. Early on the way I found music as a way to express what was going on in my mind. Writing songs soon became a natural thing for me to do. When I was 17 I formed “Ravi Sup”, my first band. Our first album “Morrison Buildings” was released in early 2000. Two years later I left the band and started a solo project with a “The Vibrations” as my backing band, and although we recorded a nice pop album in 2004, it remains unreleased. When the project fell apart in 2005, the only thing that kept me going was my Beatles tribute band “Los Bitle”, till I got the idea of starting a new band. All of this bands, especially Los Bitle helped me to gain stage experience and feel more confident.
The Kavanaghs started as a really nice experiment. It was the first the time that I was going to write song in English and not my mother language (Spanish). After a couple of demo recordings, one of them found a place on the “Big Indie Comeback Vol.2” by UK´s Matchbox Recordings! It was then that realize that I´ve finally found the place that I was looking for so long. This is the perfect band for me!! I fell really great writing songs for The Kavanaghs…
Q: How was 2010 for you?
This year was really special for us. Our new album “Love conquers pain” was released in late September and we did a big concert where we played the whole album and was a hit!! We believe Love conquers pain is our best album to date…we´re on a new artistic path, a more personal sound. The making of the album was lots of fun and the final outcome is something we´re very proud of…the album, the deluxe packaging, the “Tonight” music video, and the Love conquers pain mini documentary…amazing days we´ll always remember.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Well…I love lots of bands. But unafraid of falling in a common place, I´d say that The Beatles inspires me the most. You know…always trying something new…that´s a great thing for a rock band!! Of course I find lots of inspiration on other bands like The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds is my favorite album of all times), Badfinger, Raspberries, U2, The Kinks and Bob Dylan. I´m a record collector so I have thousands of albums from lots of artists…from Tinted Windows to Nick Drake, from The Action to Simon & Garfunkel…there´s a lot of music I love and inspire me. For me music is about emotion. I can tell a good song or a good album from a bad one…but is not enough for me…it has to touch my soul in a deeper way. The first time I listened to Pet Sounds I broke down in tears…it somehow made me feel some special connection. My goal in life as a musician is to write songs that could touch people lives in that special way.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Although I´m more interested on classic and obscure bands from the 60´s and 70s’s, lately I´m finding myself to get a more updated approach to my songwriting with bands like The Killers, Keane and Starsailor as a guide. Of course Oasis, U2, Fountains of Wayne and James Iha are bands I always look up for inspiration.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Well…does it matter to you if I dream a little? It´d be Paul McCartney or Brian Wilson. I´d love to gig with Paul and record some vocals under Brian´s guidance.
Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?
“The Death of you and me” from Noel Gallagher´s High Flying Birds…wow…what a great track!! U2´s “Who´s gonna ride your wild horses” “The sound of love” by James Iha and Dylan´s “Don´t think twice is alright”…well…and many many more!!
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I need to say something first. I usually record every single idea that comes into my mind in terms of music…a feel, a guitar riff, a melody, a chord pattern and at the same time I write down lots of titles, sentences, ideas, etc. A song can take 15 minutes or years to be written.
Then I tape a demo version at the recording studio, just acoustic guitar or piano and myself on the vocals. At rehearsals I teach the guys the songs and we start playing and sharing ideas till we hit something we all feel good about. The recording process is something we really enjoy!! We´re continually working on new songs!!
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Tricky! A good melody sometimes is enough to have a nice song…but after listening and falling in love with Dylan´s music I´m looking for a deeper meaning on my lyrics. I´m trying to write about things that everybody can get related to, but at the same time, trying to tell who I´m feeling about some particular thing or tell a story about something that I found interesting to sing about.
Q: Where are you based?
We´re based in Rosario, Argentina.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
It´s ok…I guess.
Q: What are you currently working on?
We´re demoing some new songs. Hopefully we´ll find a new concept for the next Kavanagh’s album. The new songs are great and Seba and myself are writing more interesting stuff now.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Hard to say, actually. We´ve had lots of highlights over the years, like playing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool or shooting a music video at Hyde Park. But to me, the highlight of them all was to have Eric Carmen and Jim Bonfanti from The Raspberries blessings for our debut album!!! Just imagine…those two guys from that amazing power pop band saying that the Kavanaghs album was great, it was too much for me!!! Everytime I grab my vinyl copy of Fresh Raspberries, I say to myself…wow, I can´t believe it!!
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
As we´re now reaching the end of the year I must say that our main goal of the year was to release our new album “Love conquers pain” and to do a special concert on a nice venue…and we did both!!
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
We´re playing almost every week and you can stay in tune at www.thekavanaghs.com.ar
Q: What do you do to relax?
Every time I feel down or stressed up I put myself comfortable on my music room couch and put some nice records on…Pet Sounds, Bridge over trouble water, Be strong now, Abbey Road….
I love the music I love, and I can spend hours and hours listening to my favorite records. I also like reading and take a good nap, too!!
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Well…that we´re making music for them to feel good. Love conquers pain…Love conquers everything!
Editor’s Note: The Kavanaghs have an incredibly catchy indie rock sound that undoubtedly we lead to continued commercial success in the future. One of Song Revelation’s upcoming bands to watch for 2012!
If you’d like to learn more about or contact the Kavanaghs, just follow the links below:
twitter link: www.twitter.com/the_kavanaghs
facebook link: www.facebook.com/thekavanaghs
myspace link: www.myspace.com/thekavanaghs
web page link: www.thekavanaghs.com.ar
Many thanks to Emiliano Canal at Eternal Sunday Records!