Josh About Music

8 October 2012

We've introduced Josh Weeks (D1) as part of our special Boys by Girls editorial Faces of Summer 2012 shot by Cecilie Harris. He then talked to us about his passion for music and lyrics writing, so it was something we were curious to know more about. Curious little bunnies as we are. We do love boys with talents and passions, and were excited to hear him talk about his three-piece band "The Youngjack" and asked him to recommend some nice tracks for Boys by Girls's playlist. We're pretty much music junkies.

Get some music inspiration from the interview below, and you could also check The Youngjack's online music here.

We hear you're in a band, how super cool! Tell us a bit more about it.
I play bass guitar in a three piece rock band called "The Youngjack". My younger brother, Jack, is the lead singer and guitarist, and our friend Mike is our drummer.

How long have you played bass and been making music?
Jack and I have been writing songs at home since we were really young, but I only started learning bass guitar about a year ago. I write the lyrics and Jack writes the music.

What’s your favourite lyrics and why?
I'd probably have to say a lyric written by Richey Edwards from a Manic Street Preachers song called 'Peeled Apples'- "I once impersonated a shopwork dummy/The Levi jean has always been stronger than the Uzi". He has the rare ability to write about his personal life without alienating the listener, because he always uses his own experiences to make social statements.

What’s your favorite lyric that you’ve written and why?
It's hard to say because I always tend to find flaws in everything I write! If I had to choose I'd probably say a lyric from a track called 'DNA'- "It might be true that you're a no-one/But that's because there's no one like you." I like taking cliches or well known figures of speech and adjusting them slightly so that they take on a new meaning.

Who are your main musical influences?
My favourite band ever is Manic Street Preachers, because they have so much passion and belief about their music. At the opposite end of the spectrum I love Arctic Monkeys because they don't take themselves to serious, and Alex Turner's lyrics always make me laugh.

Where else do you find inspiration?
I love watching movies, so sometimes I like to put film references in my lyrics. In one of our latest tracks I managed to make a reference to Paul Newman and James Dean!

Do you have any guilty musical pleasures?
I'm quite into Motown music, and there's a 60's girl band called the Shangri-Las that I really like. Not sure if that's a guilty pleasure, but it's the cloest thing I can think of!

Does your band have any music released online so we can have a listen?
Yeah sure www.myspace.com/theyoungjack .

Could you give us a little playlist of cools songs we could listen to?
1. "Motorcycle Emptiness" by Manic Street Preachers
2. "Local Boy in the Photograph" by Stereophonics
3. "It's My Own Cheating Hear That Makes Me Cry" by Glasvegas
4. "Fistful of love" Anthony and the Johnsons
5. "Drinking in L.A" by Bran Van 3000
6. "Heaven Must Have Sent You" by The Elgins

These are six of my favourite songs of all time!

Where would your dream gig be?
Being Welsh I'd have to say the Millenium Stadium!

Cheers Josh for fueling our own passion for music!

Josh
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