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The Dandilions playing at The Shed
After their recent success as finalists in the Original Bands Showcase 2006, get the low-down on local band the Dandilions. This band have a hard rock passion coupled with an abundance of raw talent. Take a listen here!
Who are the Dandilions?
Sam Read on guitar and vocals, Oli Bohm as lead guitar and vocals, Gilroy Guedes on bass and vocals and Dan Cassidy on drums.
So how did you all meet?
Sam and Oli had been playing together for a few years when they bumped into Gil playing bass to an old Bob Marley LP on the streets of Highfields.
They asked him to join their band, they then kidnapped Dan and rescued him from a career in Burlesque.
Who or what are your greatest influences?
We influence each other all of the time but love it all man, from Frank Sinatra to the Specials to MC Buskin of Heartless Crew.
Who are your favourite local bands at the moment and why?
Oli: Ego Armalade because they let me wear their fox costume at the Original Bands Showcase.
Sam: Laurel Aitken because I relate to him as the godfather of Ska.
Dan: Cornershop because 'everyone needs a bosom for a pillow'.
Gil: Caribou, Caribou = charisma.
Oli from the Dandilions
What do you make of the music scene in Leicester?
It's better than Hereford.
Best gig so far?
Dan: Original Bands Showcase 2006 semi-final.
Oli: Leicester Uni.
Gil: Supporting Caribou at Sacred Heart.
Sam: Guerilla gig on Queens Road.
There hasn't been one.
Are you all in a band because you want to be rich and famous or do you just do it because you love it?
Both, better to be a rich musician than a poor one.
Favourite tracks you've written?
Dan: Blown O's
Sam: She's been cheated
Oli: Fairytale of New Walk
Gil: The man with no name
Where did you go to school and what was the best thing about it?
St Pauls. The bus ride home was the best bit.
Unsigned Leicester band The Dandilions
Is being based in Leicestershire a help or a hindrance?
A hindrance. The scene changes daily you never know where you are. One minute you're in the next you're out.
Most annoying habit?
Dan- Worries too much
Gil- Doesn't make any sense
Sam- Playing such good music all the time
What could you never live without?
last updated: 03/07/07