Otherkin chat to The Courier ahead of their Surf Cafe show

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Luke Reilly, David Anthony, Rob Summons and Conor Andrew Wynne formed in Dublin in 2014, and have been busy with their band Otherkin ever since. Having finished off their debut album at the end of 2016, they’ve taken it on tour this year and for the past two months have been across the UK and Europe with it, ticking off cities like Prague, Barcelona and, of course, Newcastle. They’re back this weekend at the Surf Café for another round. We catch up with them here:

Q: Have you been in Newcastle before- what do you think of it?

A: We’ve been in Newcastle a few times, it’s an amazing city! The people are super like Irish people and have similar slang. It’s always a good time up North.

Q: The Surf Cafe is really unique. What’s the best or most interesting venue you’ve played?

A: We performed in a massive cinema hall in Kosovo, it was a surreal experience. There hadn’t ever been a gig there before and it all felt very special. We can’t wait to play The Surf Cafe though, the boys in The Pale White said it’s a class spot.

Q: Do you prefer writing and producing or performing?

A: Playing live is definitely our favourite part, the energy from a show is something very unique. Each night is a new experience despite playing the same songs, it’s impossible to explain.

Q: What’s the funniest thing that has happened on tour?

A: Our bassist got into a diss rap battle in a bar in Brussels, topics included the EU and calling each other babies.

Q: How are you feeling about your increase in popularity?

A: We’re just stoked to be touring in new places in front of new audiences. It’s hugely humbling to play a show in a country none of us have even been to before and have people singing back lyrics. Surreal!

Q: Who inspires you musically?

A: I think we all come from pretty different backgrounds musically, but I think bands like Queens Of The Stone Age would be hugely inspiring to us. They are a career band who never sacrificed their music to become more popular or follow trends and that’s exactly what we want to do.

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