Gallon Drunk

interview: Gallon Drunk

A few hours before their concert in An Club, James Johnston of Gallon Drunk speaked to Dimitris Antonopoulos.
Gallon Drunk


Gallon DrunkA few hours before their concert in An Club, James Johnston of Gallon Drunk speaked to Dimitris Antonopoulos.

Dimitris Antonopoulos: Hello James.
James Johnston: Hi there.

DA: Hello. How are you?
JJ: I am not too bad, I am coming there in a couple of days.

DA: How do you feel about your concert in Athens in a few days?
JJ: I'm just really looking forward to. We haven't played in Athens for a couple of years at least. You know, we’ve come many times and always really enjoy and looking forward to. Yeah can't wait.

DA: Do you work on a new album following the amazing “The Rotten Mile”?
JJ:  That’s one of my favorite records we've done actually. We‘re going to record a new record in February or March next year, record it in Germany. Can’t wait. It’s really, really nice to come back again and play completely again.

DA: Speaking of different groups, how was it really working with Nick Cave? Any memories?
JJ: Yes, we have some memories. Our first was in 1994. We did an American tour and then ended up joining the band in 2002 or 2003. I join the band (Bad Seeds) for 5 years and made a really good record. It was really funny when I met him, because my brother has written a book about Nick Cave and I've got to know Cave from him. We are more just friends really. It was quite easy to make a first tour with them in 1992. I played the guitar then. We've played forty gigs in that tour, a terrific tour. We had only one rehearsal for it. There are no specific memories just lots of funny ones.

DA: What is your view on music in the UK today, James?
JJ: I wouldn't really know. I don't really follow it. There are definitely good bands, I like. The record by Gray Cooper. I can't get in some gigs. There are some good bands. I don't meet the British music. I have no idea.

DA: Any moment to remember from James? A good rock n roll story from the life of Gallon ?
JJ: It has been chaos for 20 years, I can’t really pick one that is less disastrous or stunning or thrilling than another. When on tour with Martyn we played many unusual things at the Hollywood Bowl and that was a bizarre thing to do. That was awful. I fainted it and the record company turned off the gig.   Nothing to do with the lack of quality or enthusiasm for all needs, but maybe lack of taste.

DA: Alright James,thank you very much for your time. See you in Athens.
JJ: There will bemaximum noise. Bring a friend, get out of that and really enjoy it.


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