Music Q&A: Towers of London

With new single Shot in the Dark out now, Donny Tourette of glam punks Towers of London talks to us ahead of playing Night People, Manchester, 9 Dec

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What informs your music and song-writing?
A strong melody is vital as well as a lyrical theme.

How have you evolved as a band over the years?
I think we’ve just become better musicians and spend a lot more time on the writing process. We tinker with things more than we used too and we write all the time.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
We’re very hands-on with our own projects, from writing songs to working on ideas for videos. Taking inspiration from our favourite TV shows as well as studying our favourite songs.

What’s on your rider?
Preferably a good buffet for when we arrive at the venue as well as the obvious beer and wine. Lots of sweet things too, like Haribos.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
I think making a TV show pilot for VH1 America with the late David Gest was pretty surreal. He was such a nice guy. He took us all out to dinner in Hollywood as well as to a huge record store where he told us to take anything we want!

What song do you wish you’d written?
I really would have like to have written Summer of Sixty Nine by Bryan Adams. It might be a bit cheesy but it’s such a feelgood classic summer tune.

What’s your worst lyric?
I have no idea. I let the listeners decide as when I write a lyric which may sound silly to one person, another might love it.

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