This month, I had the great pleasure of interviewing the lead singer from a band who are creating huge noises on the music circuit right now, it’s Jack Kansas from Damn Vandals.
So Jack, tell me, how did the band form?
We started Damn Vandals originally as a weekly graffiti workshop/ drinking club for disillusioned young men in central London. It only ever attracted 4 members. After a while, we realised that we were far better at venting our communal angst through loud guitars than solitary spray cans.
What do you think are the band’s biggest achievements within the music industry so far?
Beating Paul McCartney at Rock, Paper Scissors (best of 5) a few months ago was a real thrill; Record of the Week on Shaun Keaveny’s BBC6 music Breakfast Show was also a kick; but The Damn Vandals’ trophy cabinet is still waiting for the solid gold sparkling stuff though.
What projects are you up to at the moment?
There’s a new single out real soon – “Mad As Hell” backed with the B-side “This Music Blows My Tiny Mind”. It’s a whole sack of screaming, as the titles suggest. Please check out at loud volume if you wish revenge on noisy neighbours.
Where can people check out your current projects? Any forthcoming gigs?
New releases and dates are all up at www.damnvandals.co.uk. From there, you can link to the social media of your choice and fill your virtual boots with a whole bunch of downloadable goodies.
What do you think the future holds in store for ‘Damn Vandals’?
Our crystal ball’s got broken on the way to a gig somewhere between Brent Cross and Junction 22 on the M1. Since then, we’ve learnt to never wish, hope, or enquire about the future; but instead, humbly accept whatever the Gods of rock see fit to hurl at us.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone trying to make it within the music industry?
Grin a lot, grow armour-plated skin, watch your back and eat all your greens.
Favourite music artists?
Anyone who believes in the awesome healing power of rock’n’roll.
What do you like getting up to on your days off from music?
Ping pong and paragliding, but never at the same time.
What are your links with Crouch End?
I once ran naked around the clock tower 10 times for a bet. Oh, and I used to buy guitar strings from the place opposite the said monument.
Final words to the people of North London?
Damn Vandals love you all. Thanks for having us, DVs xxxx
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