Take 5: Kev Sherry

Kev Sherry, lead singer for the cult, critically acclaimed Scottish indie-rock four-piece Attic Lights (Island RecordsElefant Records), makes a welcome return as he prepares to unveil his new single Feelgood Movie Of The Year ahead of his debut solo album Foxy Orthodoxy later in Sept 2020. We hear that he is also publishing a feminist graphic novel sometime next year, is now a full on vegan and has been learning Swahili in lockdown. A man of many talents! We decided to find out more with a Take 5…

When did you realise that you wanted to be a music artist? What or who has inspired you? 

I was always a creative kid, writing comics and stories, following my imagination. As soon as I discovered music at age 11 it was all I wanted to do. When you hear amazing music that changes your life, messes with your head, makes you see the world in new ways. That is the feeling I got from great music and that was the feeling I wanted to see if I could create myself and make other people feel.

Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with?

I’ve always been fascinated by Brian Eno’s working methods so that would be an interesting collaboration. I’d also like to work on movie soundtracks at some point, ideally with someone like Richard Linklater or Wes Anderson. If my collaborator has to be dead then I’d probably go for a ‘Theoretical Physics meets Music’ type thing and choose Einstein, just to see if any of his out of the box thinking rubs off on me.

Tell us about your single – ‘Feelgood Movie Of The Year’-  what is the song about?

The song was written in Melbourne, Australia on a break from touring with Attic Lights, sitting on a tram looking at everyone staring into their phones instead of the incredible views of Melbourne. It explores the way we present ourselves on social media, trying to remove our flaws and create almost Hollywood-like personas for ourselves – and how this ‘fakeness’ is a symptom of our wider society whether that be the fakeness of politicians or our own hypocrisies. 

Tell us five things you love about the city/town you live in, and why……

ohh. Five things about Glasgow. Okay.

  • A great indie music scene with a fantastic history of inspirational and unique bands from Orange Juice to Teenage Fanclub, Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian… the list goes on…
  • It’s hard to develop an ego in Glasgow given the outspoken sarcastic and cynical nature of the inhabitants. Believe me… I’ve tried.
  • It has the highest number of vegan restaurants per capita in the whole of the UK. Being a vegan, this makes it a sort of paradise to me.
  • It’s a rebel city with a strong anti-authoritarian, left wing political history and sense of justice. I’m proud that in the 1980s Glasgow was the first city in the UK to change a street name to ‘Nelson Mandela Place’, when the great man was still considered a terrorist by the ruling Conservative Government in London.
  • There is a memorial down near the river Clyde in the centre of the city. It is dedicated to the men and women from Glasgow, who, in the 1930s, went to Spain on their own dime to fight against Facism. I love that memorial. It’s more important now than ever before.

What are you most looking forward to this year? 

I’m most looking forward to the end of lockdown and getting to socialise with people, travel around, meet friends, play gigs and tour. (Oh yeah, and releasing my solo album). I’m also looking forward to our first contact with an intelligent alien civilisation. But I’m not sure what my chances are regarding that.

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