They are the kings of conflict - or at least their album is. The Virginmarys have been flourishing with the relase of their latest record "King of Conflict," which the guys say was recorded live. The album features "Dead Man's Shoes," which has quickly climbed the charts, and their most recent "Just A Ride" is sure to follow suit.
The Virginmarys - comprised of Ally, Matt, and Danny - stopped by the iHeartRadio studios in New York City recently, where they talked about everything but the music. Find out what the band had to say about New York sandwiches, their ultimate weekend, and hometown in Macclesfield, England in OffBEAT with The Virginmarys below.
When do you find yourself conflicted?
Pretty much 24/7. Just trying to stop my mind from being as active as it is, the writing helps in that. [We’re] just always pacing about, always keeping busy. [We’ll] come up with stuff and then write it down [our] phone. And then just always thinking about how [we] can fit these things into new songs.
If you had your own religion what would it be like?
It would just be pretty much peaceful and on the moral high ground. It wouldn’t be strict. Things change from day to day. Just doing the right thing.
When have you taken the blame?
It’s always Danny’s fault!
New York sandwiches are the best!! twitter.com/thevirginmarys…— The Virginmarys (@thevirginmarys) March 22, 2013
What makes New York sandwiches the best?
The massive content, they’re just huge! Back home, if you ask for a ham sandwich, you get like two slices of ham. Here if you ask for a ham sandwich, you get like, a whole case of ham. It’s unbelievable. And they taste amazing, with unlimited toppings! Jalapeños, chicken, spicy stuff. Load the jalapeños on!
If you were on a deserted island, and could only bring one thing, what would you bring?
It’s such a cliché, but a guitar. It would be really nice to have it there. Season four of “Breaking Bad” because we haven’t seen it yet, but that would probably last for a week, one day probably. If it’s a DVD, it would probably have to be like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” or something. But then you don’t have a DVD player, so you can only read the boxes! You could make one out of coconuts and stuff.
What’s it like to wear dead man’s shoes?
Not very nice. Working on that, you know I’ve changed them for blue! Blue suede shoes.
What would be your ultimate lost weekend?
To hang around with Neil Young, and see where that took [us]. Favorite childhood dream. We’d just talk, see the sights, watch “Breaking Bad,” eat some nice food.
If you could go for a ride anywhere, where would you go?
Kansas City, San Francisco, Japan, there’s so many places. So many cool places! The bottom of the sea, the deepest point that you can because it’s not been explored yet. The deepest, darkest part of the sea, to see what’s down there.
How do big horizons breed big ambitions?
That comes from where we’re from. You know, Macclesfield is a little town where I think pretty much the only thing that you can say that [has] come out of it that’s any good is silk. We’ve got a silk museum, which is really boring. Anything above that is what it’s about. When you’re a kid you want to be like a rock star and maybe that kind of turns into writing amazing albums and songs, and fulfilling that ambition really. But Macclesfield is such a small time, we get like a great support from there, which is really cool.
Watch "Just A Ride"
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