HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH SHAUN KELLY & THE RETURNED GIFTS
Who are Shaun Kelly & The Returned Gifts?
I'm Shaun and I write the songs, it was a DIY project that quickly gathered a lot of radio and press interest and with that came requests for sessions and live gigs so i had to get some kind of band together quickly, like a Brummie version of the blues brothers; I recruited all the best musicians I know and made them learn the songs, they are the returned gifts.
Who came up with the band name and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
That was me, the Shaun Kelly bit was easy! I see the returned gifts as slightly unwanted souls looking for a place to call home.
If you had to describe the band using just five words, what would they be?
alternative country tinged deluxe folkpop
Who are your biggest influences musically?
Beatles, Billy Joel, Belle and Sebastian.Bowie, the Cure, Dylan, Teenage Fanclub, Dead Kennedys, the Sundays, Jonny McEvoy, it goes on.
What’s the band's biggest claim to fame so far?
We have a song being featured on a BBC1 TV show being broadcast this week as i write, that's pretty cool.
What’s your songwriting process?
I don't force it but i will just sit down with a guitar sometimes and see if anything is stirring, i also use my phone recorder for notes and can often be seen walking down the street singing into my phone, quite embarrassing.
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
I would tour with Katy Perry because she's hot ;)
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
I would have Morrissey and Kate bush dueting with Santana on guitar, backed up by Buena Vista Social Club with Royal blood as my rhythm section. I would play the triangle.
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
It's really good now, i'm really proud of how tight the band has become in such a short time period. It's fun, it's eclectic and always a great crowd down at places like Acklam Village=
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
Beer before and after!
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
How about some solid gold M&Ms in a diamond studded bowl and a basket of puppies covered in caviar, too diva-ish?
This question is for all band members. If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?
Shaun "I'm not ashamed of any music I own, my taste is impeccable...... Brothers in arms Dire Straights"
Ian (Keys) Charlie Drake-my boomerang won't come back
Michael (lead guitar) Chelsea FC -Blue is the color
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about the band
Three of us are related
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
I tweet a lot so i'm quite active over there and I have a Facebook page so please come and join the group. Also the website is https://www.musicglue.com/returnedgifts/
Finally, What does the future hold for the band?
Next single "Let love Shine" will be out in the summer, then we have some festivals to do and back into the studio for Album number two come the fall. Thanks for having me guys!
YOU CAN CATCH SHAUN CLARK & THE RETURNED GIFTS AT THE ACKLAM VILLAGE MARKET ON THE 5TH OF MAY
HOXTON UNDERBELLY,16 November
The Old Queens Head,28 November
HOXTON UNDERBELLY,29 November
93 Feet East,30 November
The Jazz Cafe,03 December
THE GRACE ,06 December