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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Matt Joe Gow of the Dead Leaves

The Dead Leaves: If Anyone Asks
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Matt Joe Gow of the Dead Leaves

Singer-songwriter Matt Joe Gow grew up in Dunedin listening to the sound of Flying Nun bands, but as a longtime Australian resient he has taken another direction with his band the Dead Leaves.

Their first album -- credited to Matt Joe Gow and the Dead Leaves, The Messenger -- received good notices for its smart alt.country feel, but for the new album Cities on the Sea, Gow has pulled his name into that of the band, shared the excellent arrangements with band member Andrew Pollock and set his sights on a sound that edges neatly towards sort of alt.country power pop interspersed with some mature and memorable ballads.

Time for Gow to join the very long list of guests who have answered the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .

Thriller, Michael Jackson

Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .

see above

Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?

Lennon, Nirvana, neither and Jacko

If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .

nowhere near as good

The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .

Ordinary Lot, Cover, Changing (all on Cities on the Sea)

Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?

Not particularly interesting… just instruments, some valuable, I don't collect memorabilia

The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .

Cash

If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)

My band, I'd sing

heat_1The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .

25th Hour, Old Boy and Heat. They wouldn't understand me any better but they'd be happier for it.

The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)

Exile on Main Street, (sister bought it for me). Downloaded Bon Iver - Bon Iver.

One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .

Any of my songs

The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .

Dark Side Of The Moon

image009You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .

Well I already broke that rule so...

David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?

Rewatching The Wire

And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”

Because it's our only one.

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