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Introduce yourself! Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Alan, I’ve been listening to punk for almost twenty years, I’ve played in bands for about ten years and I’ve been writing on and off for business and pleasure for eight years or so.
What was your introduction to punk?
First vaguely punk song I heard was the still very cool and relevant Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) by The Offspring. I don’t think I was even a teenager at the point and I was like what is this?
I distinctly remember sitting in my dad’s car tuning into a longwave radio station we couldn’t get on the house radio and hoping Pretty Fly would come on.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and P-Rock TV followed and there was no going back
If you could be in any band in the world (past or present), which band would you choose and why?
I’d be the fourth member of Alkaline Trio.
You’ve got unlimited funds, a time machine and any venue you fancy, but you can only book three bands. Who do you book for your ultimate gig?
Symphony of Distraction would open for Enema of the State-era Blink 182. I’d make Alkaline Trio headline for about 2 hours. The old Ambassador Theatre in Dublin.
You’re on an aeroplane that’s about to crash. What do you put on your iPod?
Nose Over Tail by Alkaline Trio springs to mind but I’d probably just scream internally in silence to be honest.