Le Pot Pourri Questionnaire: United Bible Studies
United Bible Studies are the crown jewel in the Deserted Village Collective's crown. Hailing from the mossy hills of Ireland, the whole Deserted Village crew are continuing to crank out some of the most organic, beautiful folk and improvisations across the Atlantic. One of the main artisans behind this whole menagerie is the inimitable Gavin Prior. In addition to United Bible Studies, he can be found toiling with Murmansk, Toymonger, and countless other projects. He somehow managed to find some free time to answer these questions.
The thoughts of all the things I have to do that day.
Privileged to be living in this time and wealthy part of the world but I don't stumble upon pots of gold in the street.
None, I just always thought I should give it a go.
Then: Pet Shop Boys.
Now: gigs I've played or promoted.
Peoples' names seconds after being introduced to them. I often re-forget names a few times before permanently remembering them.
I recycle; I just voted for the Greens in the last election; I only eat vegetarian.
Checking my e-mail.
Memories, movies, anecdotes, the oddness of my friends and colleagues, inventing situations and characters and riffing on them with a friend. The spontaneity in life that you don't get in shitcoms.
Mull over it, shout/grunt/curse or hit inanimate objects depending on my surroundings.
Built a compressor foot pedal which doesn't work yet.
Larry David as a self-hating hippy.
Not being more proactive and confident when I was younger.
Over-enthusiasm. We're not too good at handling or expressing enthusiasm in Ireland.
When I drank, red all the way.
Wimps and posers. People who don't rock as hard or work as hard as I do thinking I'm a dick.
In my room, in a current account and a saving account. I also owe and am owed a little at present.
TOTO! Muck the Haters.
The Matrix I (and the other two I never watched):
Po-faced poo. Utter Piss.
Keanu Reaves is the Eddie Vedder of Rock.
Pearl Jam "Ten":
Eddie Vedder is the Keanu Reaves of Rock.
Turgid, stifling, nasal earnestness: I've never listened to it.
“Hard Times” by Charles Dickens:
So he's called "Gradgrind" and he's a joyless utilitarian with tunnel vision. I got it after the first page – you just wrote a long book because writing for periodicals was lucrative, you old hack.
Eddie Vedder's favourite book.
My mixing desk and a toothbrush.
"I'm not in, I'm not in, I'm not in, I'm not in ah-right now ah-right now……ad nauseum" sung by me accompanying myself with a swinging jazzy banjo.
Reno, Nevada and possibly San Francisco.
Late April, 2006.
Being an astronaut and being famous. I don't think they were really my dreams after all.
“Every Time We Say Goodbye,” “The Windmills of Your Mind,” “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5, “Back in Black” (I'd settle for just the riff), “She Moved Through the Fair,” “Little Wing,” “For No One,” “Another Day” (Roy Harper), ....
I don't have a car but play “Reign in Blood” in other people's when I get the chance.
Cancer or heart attack probably or perhaps just fade away....
This is me getting to know one of the locals in a grotto on Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork. I was on holidays with my band mates Shane and David.
-- Bruno Parisse (17 July, 2007)