From playing the early days of Forging Friendships to last night singing 'total eclipse of the heart' Ian Kelly has been the mouthpiece(NO Moutpiece)of a band that i've had the privilege of seeing grow from a new band with a name Ian Fox didn't approve of to the forefront of Irish hardcore.I am also lucky enough to consider Iano a good friend and he very kindly agreed to answer a few questions i had to put to him.
Roughly when did Forging Friendships come into being?
I want to say december 2006?? is that right? haha
What was your aim when you started?
Just to have a good time really. I had been writing a bunch of stuff that i didnt have an outlet for so when the idea of getting a band going came up i was stoked. I had wanted to sing in a band for a while but hadnt had the chance prior to FF starting.
What motivates you to write?Or rather what keeps you writing?
I think that if i didnt sing in this band i would go crazy. Everyone needs an outlet and famine is mine. even if its only for 15 minutes a week it helps. i used to write everything on the bus but i havnt done that since i moved for some reason. basically without this band i would be the most bitter prick in the world. ha i bet everyone reading this is thinking that i am but the people close to me will tell you how much i have chilled out over the last couple of years.
weve heard some of the songs off the 7" the last few shows
youve played.What subject matter do you cover lyrically on
i guess what im trying to say in the new songs is how more and more i feel like i dont fit in. how i dont see friends as much as id like and how i know thats my fault as much as anyone elses. how im so afraid of change and how i wish i had i had more memories to look back on.
I remember your first show in Lee's house like it was yesterday.I had a beard something to similar to yours now.What do you remember from that show/day?
i remember like 4 dudes wearing the same OFAC shirt. haha. I also remember some mother fucker burning a whole in the guns up shirt i was wearing. I cant even discribe how nervous i was. I remember dave doyle know the lyrics to that bit "so sick of fucking pretending...." best dude. Are many of the people that were at that show still around??
Oh not at all haha.Can you explain your first shirt design?
the clock tower one?? i think it had something to do with the lyrics to the trick is to keep living. it was a black shirt, with white print. it was really badly printed i think. did any of them survive more than afew washes?? post pics if you still have one. or are you talking about the bravestar shirt??
No i was on about the clock tower one.The ink was a bit dodgey.It looks like theres jizz on it.Im still into it though.
Bill Hauser did the art fot ERLBH,how did that come about?
How good is that lad like?? incredible. Basically we needed to get the artwork done pretty quick and matteo hooked us up with a few people he knows and we decided to go with bill. best decision.
Is there any insight into the moon logo?
Im defo digging it.
i dont think there is. Claire Lennon drew it. She is an amazing artist from Dublin. people who dont know her should check out her stuff. Did you get a tote bag?? ha did you know i have the moon tattooed on my left arm??
I have seen that indeed.Its preety sweet.
I remember going to England playing shows with you guys.It was the first time either of us played outside the country.How was that for you?
Strange,so strange. It was a great experience. i had the best time hanging out, but no one gave a shit about us, which is understanable. we were so shit like, haha. Looking back on it i cant help but think we got fucked over. We didnt get places to stay and bands that had come from an hour down the road got paid and stuff when we didnt. Hotel hangouts were sweet though. Fuck little chef.
Hotel hangouts were sweet.Ill never look at a travelodge without thinking about sneaking a million people into a room past the reception.Do you remember pulling the neck off Gavs shirt?
Hes still pissed about that.
id like to think im not as much of an arsehole as i was back then. sorry gav.
Do you remember the first show you guys played that people were singing along?
I think it was maybe at an all ages in voodoo or something?? i actually cant remember.
So far,your most memorable moment?
Lees 2nd house show. best night of my life.
Tour last summer was awesome. so many high points. i just remember being in rome thinking am i actually in rome.
Outside of hardcore what are you listening to right now?
A whole bunch of stuff. Transit, Man overboard, Taylor Swift, The Wonder Years, Basement and some singer song writer stuff.
Do you remember this show?
haha how could i forget. was that from the first tour?? didnt some really drunk girl try to kiss cruise?? i remember after the show a bunch of people went to a rave in a warehouse. they described it as a scene from batman where all the bad dudes are just hanging out. huge dogs on chains and shit. i remember we lost franny and i rang him and told him if he wasnt back in 5 minutes id ring his mum hahaha. best times.
Whats next for Famine?
a 7 inch by the end of the summer.
euro tour with forced out in june.
US and Canada tour in September.
I am so pissed i have holes in my Famine shirt collection.I want you announce i have missing shit at your next show and demand people to help me out!
i will do that for sure. what are you missing???
The zip up out of two and the grren shirt with three boxes on it.Im going to be bitter as fuck till i get them.Bitter and ignorant.
Rain On The Parade-body bag ep
Rain On The Parade-fired up demo
Where Fear and Weapons Meet-the weapon
Appleseed Cast-low level owl volume II