Grave Goods take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here its the turn of Grave Goods to tell us all about themselves!

A song that made you want to make music?

Phil Quinn (bass): NirvanaHeart-shaped Box

Best rider you have had?

Lois Macdonald (guitar/vocals): A full vegan meat platter in Paris.

Craziest moment in the band?

Sarah Grimes (drums): Getting to record the album

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

LM: They’re all about the absurdity of human existence, but ‘I’ve been looking, and I found nothing.’  Is the deepest for me.  Your life is what you make of it.

Easiest song you wrote?

LM: Come. It was pure frustration, and guttural expression.  I love it, and I love playing it live.

Favourite song in your set?

LM: I honestly love playing them all.  Come gets my adrenaline going, and I like Juice too.

S: That’s a tough one so I’m gonna pick three – Come, None, Phonetic Fetish

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

P: Bez, we could probably use a full time maracas player by now

Hardest thing about being in a band?

LM: Living in different countries, it means we have to streamline everything when we meet up and I like working like that.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

LM: Sarah is the best drummer in Ireland.

Jokes you have in the band?

S: There are many. Most of them revolve around our accents.

Key to writing a song?

LM: Don’t over think it.

S: Knowing when to stop

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

LM: We all travel pretty far to play any show as we’re based between Dublin, Belfast and Manchester – but I guess Glasgow is gonna be the furthest for us collectively.

S: Phil and I went to India to play two gigs a few years ago, that was mad.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

LM: Iggy Pop.

S: Lois and Phil

New band you’d recommend?

LM: Mandy, Indiana

S: Trá Pháidín

Opening for this band would be ideal?

LM: Gilla Band

Place you’ve most like to tour?

LM: The whole world.

Quote that you’ve like to pass on to our readers?

LM: “Just do it.”- Nike

Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?

LM: It’s from my favourite line in my favourite book ‘Nausea’ which inspired me a lot lyrically ‘Tuesday. Nothing Existed’ which we changed to present tense.  To me it sums up the beautiful absurdity of existence.

See us live at?

S: Ireland Music Week on 6 October, and Pop Mutations Festival, Glasgow on 15 October

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

LM: No, I love all music, from primitive drones, to classical to techno and everything has it’s place.  I think enjoying the nostalgia and the feel of the era the music was made in is a part of the enjoyment of it. Seeing the way music has progressed is beautiful and I think it’s really exciting to see what is coming next.  I’m studying music and machine learning at the moment, and I’m loving seeing the next level creativity that is unfolding.

S: Nah, there’s good music and bad music across the ages

Unusual merchandise?

LM: On the way, ltd edition hand made pink velvet Psychopomp head masks (as featured in one of our videos.)

P: Maybe we could have Grave Goods branded grave goods for our fans to take with them into the next life

Variations you’ve like to do on one of your songs?

LM: Giant Swan remix of Come.

What do your fans mean to you?

LM: Everything, they share your creative vision.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band injuries?

LM: They’re all emotional injuries, physically we’re hard as nails.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

LM: Probably mine.

S: Ryanair

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

LM: Aardvark.


Elizabeth Birt

October 25, 2022

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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