- How did you get your initial start in music?
For Cherry, it all began when she was little girl, standing on a chair singing to entertain family members at informal get-togethers.
For Joe, it was seeing old footage of Rory Gallagher playing live on RTE back in N. Ireland. He then proceeded to beg his father to buy him his first guitar.
- What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
To headline Madison Square Garden, win song of the year at The Grammys and then play a gig at Folsom prison.
- How long have you been writing your own music?
Cherry has been writing songs since childhood, and Joe since the moment he picked up a guitar. They started writing together in 2012.
- Who are your top three influences and why?
Cherry explains that her idols are “Bjork, because she doesn’t give a damn about being crazy, Tori Amos for the way she makes love to the piano when she plays it, and Jonathan Davies from Korn for his voice, his honesty and his intimacy.
For Joe it was “Gary Moore, because in my humble opinion he was the greatest guitar player ever to pick up the instrument; Rory Gallagher because he was a fantastic player and an incredible frontman- his shows were electrifying; and Phil Lynott because he had spellbinding stage presence, was a great songwriter and an amazing romantic poet.”
- Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
The single ‘Hit Me Back’ is based on a story of a relationship which spirals into domestic violence and confronts the idea that love can be expressed in a relationship through violence. This has been drawn from Cherry’s background, as that particular belief is rife through many Eastern European relationships – a saying in Russia being “if he hits me, he loves me”. This song is a rallying cry from Cherry and Joe, to women all over the world to stop hiding their abuse.
- Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
The band are based in London. Cherry lives in Hoxton where she describes the scene as “vibrant, brave and experimental” and Joe lives in Brockley, where there’s a “small, intimate scene”. The guys’ favourite venue they’ve played to date is the 229 in Great Portland St and the oddest one was at a deserted airport in Riga, Latvia, as part of a midsummer night’s carnival.
- Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
Joe says “As far as new bands go there’s an outfit called Speaks who are a hardcore hip hop outfit from Brighton, who are really nutty, very experimental, and bring rock guitars into the mix.” Cherry says “I really like FKA Twigs, she’s got a certain poise, sexuality and elegance.”
- Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
The guys release their debut single “Hit Me Back” on Fri 14th November with the accompanying video. It’ll be available to download exclusively from itunes.
You can also catch Good Guy Dies live at the following shows.
Fri 31st October: The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, Camden, London, NW3 2BL. Onstage 8.15pm
Saturday 15th November: The Scala, 275 Pentonville Rd, King’s Cross, London, N1 9NL (supporting Primal Scream and The Libertines). Stage time TBC.