Having cut himself loose from the hugely popular Catfish And The Bottlemen, Billy Bibby brings his new band, the Wry Smiles, to Stramash in Edinburgh’s Cowgate tomorrow (Friday, 3 March).
We caught up with Billy for a quick chat ahead of his visit to the Capital.
1. Favourite Film
I’d have to say Blood Diamond… One of Leo Di Caprio’s underrated films, but a really good one with a fine performance from the man himself. I watched it the other day, actually, and it just reminded me how much I’m a fan of it. Why does Leo have to die on all his films though? Oops, sorry if you haven’t watched it yet!
2. Favourite Single
That’s always a tough question to pick one particular song, but I’m going to go for I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor. I was 16 and just about to start a band and this song came out and gave guitar music a new lease of life and put bands like that back in the limelight. I also love Point Of View by DJ Boulevard. Timeless classic, that.
3. Favourite Album
This one is easier as three spring to mind – so I’ve narrowed it already! So the three are: Rumours (Fleetwood Mac), What’s The Story Morning Glory (Oasis) and Rubber Soul (The Beatles). If I really had to pick, I think I’d go for Rubber Soul. Every song on that album for me is a work of art. I just love listening to the whole album and wouldn’t skip a track – so that, for me, is my favourite album.
4. Favourite Gig
Well, it’s a gig I was a part of when I was in America touring with Catfish and we played in Washington before a band called Desert Noises. They totally blew me away. I couldn’t believe they weren’t bigger than the smallish crowd they were playing to. Such a talented bunch of lads with so much stage energy and just a camaraderie with each other that makes you slightly envious. Check them out. Such a great band. Oasis at Heaton Park 2009 was something else as well.
5. Favourite Book
Well, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t read that much. I’m an avid Wikipedia reader and constantly love researching things on there – even though it’s not 100% accurate. I’d have to say Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as it’s the only book I’ve managed to finish. Bad I know. Must try harder…
Billy Bibby & the Wry Smiles, Stramash, Cowgate, Friday 3 March, 9pm, free entry, 0131-623 4353