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Q&A: All Our Exes Live in Texas prepare for first Belfast gig

All Our Exes Live in Texas are set to perform at Voodoo in Belfast on July 31.

The Australian folk group will be visiting the city for the first time and told the Belfast Telegraph they are excited to explore this part of the world.

1. What are you most looking forward to about playing in Belfast?

We've never been to Belfast before so we're all very excited to see the city and explore the area a little bit.

We're looking forward to meeting some lovely locals. We like to ask the audience for tips on where to venture the next morning.

2. What do you know about the music scene here?

This will be our third time to Ireland but sadly we haven't had a chance to come up north before this. Ireland has such a wonderful musical history, it really is a very inspiring place to play folk music.

We are quite influenced by the melodies and songwriting of Irish musicians so will be nervous and excited to play our songs in front of Irish audiences. I don't know much about the Belfast music scene specifically but am looking forward to learning.

3. Tell us a little about your sound?

We first got together to play as part of a tribute show to O Brother Where Art Thou? (the US film with the stunning soundtrack) and thought we were just going to do one gig.

We were all solo artists accompanying ourselves on piano before that so we had picked up new instruments with the idea of learning some traditional folk songs. It was so much fun that we're still going five years later and since those first gigs our sound has developed quite a lot.

We all write songs for the band and workshop them together. Having four songwriters with four unique voices makes for quite a diverse setlist. We still play our traditional folk instruments but I think the songwriting and arranging gives it a more modern indie-folk flavour. Some of our favourite artists at the moment include Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Margaret Glaspy, Bahamas, Father John Misty, Shovels & Rope and the Wainwrights.

4. What is the best thing about what you do?

Singing in harmony never gets old! I truly believe it does something magical to your soul and makes you live longer.

Alongside that, we feel very lucky to get to travel the world as much as we do. We learn so much from visiting new places and meeting all sorts of people.

5. What was the best gig you have ever been to?

That is such a hard question. When I was 19, I went to see Rufus Wainwright at the State Theatre in Sydney.

I was about to move to Perth to go to music school and I was very nervous and unsure. It was my first time seeing Rufus and it absolutely blew my mind. The voice, the songs, the production - it was all so dramatic and stunning. I think that show really cemented for me that I wanted to be a singer/songwriter forever.

6. Which of your own gigs have been the most memorable and why?

The first time we came to Ireland we were prepared for no-one to come and see us. We had only been a band for a couple of years and were very new on the scene, even in our own country.

However, when we turned up to play at De Barras at the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, there was a full room of people!

People knew the words and were singing along for the whole gig. It was the warmest, most beautiful audience we had ever played to. That memory will stay with us a long time.

7. What song is your biggest guilty pleasure?

We're all rather obsessed with the new Backstreet Boys single 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart'. We did an arena tour with them in Australia a few years ago and the high still hasn't worn off.

8. Who would you not mind getting stuck in a lift with for ten hours?

Benedict Cumberbatch. Hands down. He's my dream man. I would prefer it if the rest of the band were stuck in another lift.

9. Who would you definitely mind getting stuck in a lift with for 10 hours?

Donald Trump!

10. What is your karaoke song of choice?

I think karaoke might be a singer's worst nightmare. Purely for the fact that I don't think anybody really wants to hear someone get up and sing karaoke reasonably okay? Would you want to play Mini Golf with a pro-golfer? Your only option as a singer is to do something that is the complete opposite to what you normally do. Your only option is to rap.

11. What words of wisdom would you bestow on the next generation?

Gender equality is the answer. Play music for love, not money. Write. Use recyclable coffee cups. Be kind. Listen. Be an activist.

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