Interview: Left With Pictures

Photo by Alicia Canter

Left With Pictures

Photo by Alicia Canter. Toby (keyboards, singing) kindly answered a 10 question quiz.

What was your first musical instrument and where did you get it?

The piano – it sat silently in our family living room until my brother and I were old enough to pick out a tune on it.

Do you download music or buy hard copies? Or both?

Both – although I’m beginning to turn my back on downloads since my iPod broke.

Favourite music venue to play and why?

So far it’s the Bush Hall. Although I recently watched Broadcast 2000 at the Jazz Cafe and turned green with envy.

Last book read:

Homicide by David Simon. It’s about 700 pages long, so putting it down was like losing an old friend.

Last movie watched:

It was Watchmen. I don’t think I’d watch it again. The only moment that sticks in my mind is the soft porn sex scene set to the original recording of Hallelujah. Leonard Cohen has never sounded so seedy.

5 hopes for 2009:

No marks for originality, but I hope world events become a little less grim – I just can’t watch the news any more, it’s so depressing! On a more personal level, I’d like to be able to complete a Sudoku, I still haven’t managed one and I feel stupid. Three more – I’m trying to get a jazz band together for regular Sunday afternoon jams; I’d like to shoot a video for Left With Pictures; I hope good things happen for our record company, Organ Grinder – they work very hard and there’s a real wealth of talent signed to it.

Best moment on tour?

I’ve never been on tour, the thought of it fills me with dread!

If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?

About 10 years ago I went to an underground blues club in Prague. It’d be fantastic to play there, though I’m not sure I could find it.

Favourite band/singer/album you discovered recently?

Lau has been my new favourite band for the past two years and are yet to be deposed.

If you could get any two musicians to collaborate together, who would they be?

It’d be nice to see Richard Thompson doing a Ry Cooder and decamping to Africa. I’m not sure who he’d duet with, though. Youssu n’Dour, perhaps?

Thanks to Toby and the super lovely Organ Grinder Records.

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