The Art Crimes Band – Guy Like You [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Stephen Kirby: Diverse, Open, Groovy.

Guy Like You contains a chill groove mixed with an expressive vocal delivery. Tell us a few things about it. What is the story behind the track?

Grace McMahon: “When I was online dating, I carried all these expectations of the kind of person that might suit me. I think a lot of women, and probably men too, carry lists of characteristics in their mind of what their ideal partner should be like, and they are often not willing to compromise. In my own case, I was probably too focused on material things, for example I wanted a guy with his own car. That’s because I had been in previous relationships where I ended up feeling like the chauffeur and being the only driver in the relationship made me feel that it was unequal. Afterwards, when chatting to some of the lads in my band, I reconsidered this notion when I realized that there are lots of lovely guys, including some of my bandmates, who cycle everywhere and therefore ‘my list’ was preventing me from meeting some really nice men, and I had to be more flexible in my approach. In the evening, over a few glasses of wine at home, I was swiping on a dating site as usual, and suddenly the lyrics to a song just popped into my head.. That was the basis for Guy Like You”.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Grace McMahon: Cold Room lyrics are very real for me “What if I stayed in the rain and told you straight that day, what if I said nothing new, that I was a fool for loving you” or Puzzle Of You “you won’t return my calls I fear you think it’s though I don’t know how I’ll live my life forever shadowed by you”.

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

Stephen Kirby: [Performing] live. Recording is so much fun and we’re very proud of our output. That said, nothing beats the up-close and personal experience. We can’t wait to get back out there, see you there!

What would you change in the music industry?

Niall Dennehy: Not having computer algorithms decide how good your song is or isn’t.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

Niall Dennehy: Reminiscing good times with good friends

Future plans?

Niall Dennehy: We are still busy working away in our studio, getting the next single ready for mid-summertime and keeping our eyes firmly on an album in the next year or so. You can catch us at a SoulFest in Cork City, Ireland, August 26th – 28th and possibly another couple later on this year.

Thank you!

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