Gateway Band?
The Gaslight Anthem

Favourite Album Ever?
On The Impossible Past by The Menzingers and/or The ’59 Sound by The Gaslight Anthem

Guilty Pleasure?
My mum will hate me for saying this but the song I always request at weddings is Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi. If that’s not guilty enough then I quite enjoyed listening to Justin Timberlake’s Justified at work the other day.

Favourite Gig?
I think this is the hardest question of all for me to answer… so much so that I don’t think I can even answer it. I went to more gigs last year, 2016, than in any year previously – and I don’t think I’ll ever go to more in a single year. So, I’m just going to list those that stick in my mind from last year:
- Less Than Jake at Fest 15
- The Menzingers playing On The Impossible Past in full at Fest 15
- Bangers last ever gig at The Lexington in London (August)
- Faintest Idea at The Owl Sanctuary in Norwich (April)

Favourite Venue?
I’m going to cheat again here and pick a few venues from different towns:
London – The Old Blue Last
Manchester – The Zombie Shack (It’s a frickin’ tiki bar!)
Milton Keynes – The Craufurd Arms
Norwich – The Owl Sanctuary

Silliest Thing Done For Punk Rock?
I don’t think it’s silly but most people thought I was crazy for going all the way to Florida for a musical festival… but not going to Disneyland. Hey, those people are the silly ones! It’s FEST!! I can’t think of much else besides spending a lot of my free time and money going to gigs.

What To Buy You If I See You At A Gig?
I’d probably say ‘I’m fine, thanks.’ but if you insist then a lemonade or water would be welcome.

Band You’ve Seen The Most?
Frank Turner (& The Sleeping Souls)

Band You Wish You Could Have Seen?
Default punk rock answer but – The Clash.

What Punk Rock Means To You?
I don’t know how to answer this question or at least how to articulate it properly. Punk rock just quite simply makes me happy – whether that be listening to an album or attending a live show or even just talking about it with other punk fans (OR just fellow music fans in general). The punk scene feels like a place where I belong – I feel comfortable. In recent years I have realised that I like punk music more than I like graphic design and that’s a big statement for me… not that the two things are interchangeable.

Other Interests?
Being a graphic designer and general admirer of good design, Japanese history and culture, befriending any cat that I see (because rented living means I can’t have my own), practising yoga and swimming so often that people refer to me as a fish, reading fantasy fiction – plus nature, walking and exploring.

See the other members of the CPRW team here.

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