Berlin based Irish artist Candice Gordon will be releasing her single ‘The Kids are Alt-Right’ on the 16th of March with a launch show in Berlin’s Berghain Kantine. It’s atongue in cheek reflection on the extreme right movement in the form of a high-tension, trashy, garage rock song. It was recorded in a basement in Texas soon after Trump’s inauguration in 2017, and will be released on Proper Octopus records <http://www.properoctopus.com>.
‘The Kids are Alt-Right’ is a return to Gordon’s rock and roll roots since the releases of her eclectic and dark debut album ‘Garden of Beasts’ and her Shane MacGowan produced EP ‘Before the Sunset Ends’.
Candice Gordon grew up in Dublin and is currently based in Berlin. She has recently been touring in Germany with Nena, Midnight Oil, and Kaptn Peng. Candice Gordon will perform at Berghain Kantine on Mach 16th.
1: Spent the first few years of life in Botswana
2: Recorded a record with Shane MacGowan
3: Made a perfume to accompany a single ‘In Golden Dreams’
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Philosophy, history, human behaviour
2. How and when did you get into making music?
There were many different stages to the process, each one took me deeper and deeper and further away from the turning back point. Firstly, there was the first time I heard music and related to it to such an extent that I felt that I owned it and that it was a part of me. This was when I was approximately 5. Then it was when I joined my brother’s band as lead singer and wrote my first shitty songs, at ten. Then it was further internalized when I began busking when I was 12 and recorded my first songs at 15. It’s all been downhill from there.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Kraftwerk : Radio Activity
The Velvet Underground and Nico : Nico and the Velvet Underground
The Doors : The Doors
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Good things: anti-capitalism, people’s rights, collective projects, punks
bad things: the holocaust, yuppies, day-to-day Berlin toughness
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
I just love walking the streets. Around the canals is nice.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I do lots of other things and everything feeds into one another. I have some non-musical writing projects, and some visual projects coming up. I also make perfume and hotsauce.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Louis Brennan just released an album and I bought it on vinyl. It’s fantastic. I love getting to pre-order something in a crowdfunder, it really feels like we’re sticking it to the man!
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
We played on a festival stage (Body and Soul) in Ireland. We played right before Kurt Vile and the Violators, Charles Bradley, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. As a Performer and a a spectator it was an incredible day.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
I have started to use Ableton in a new project I am doing and it’s immense fun. But I still find writing songs easiest with guitar. I also use my phone a lot to record ideas.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I have a brother who is an evolutionary geneticist and I’ve witnessed him be proud of me. Incidentally, He has had a lot more viral success on youtube than me with some films he got of Octopuses. He had agents kicking his door down to represent his octopuses, it was mental. No matter what different paths you take in life, I suppose there’s always sibling rivalry.
To Listen: soundcloud.com/candice-gordon/s