Published: 16/09/2014 15:22 - Updated: 16/09/2014 15:38

CAB Collective Q&A: "Still broke, still happy and still on tour."

Written byWhat's On Caithness

CAB Collective
CAB Collective

The four-piece indie-rock group CAB Collective - consisting of John Mason on guitar vocals from Tongue, Isaac Sutherland on guitar vocals from Thurso, Balázs Hermann on bass and jaws harp from Hungary and Oscar Mannoni on drums and percussion from Sardinia - come to the Y-Not Bar & Grill this Thursday. Here's what they've got to say for themselves...

Have you played here before? 

Yes! Both John and Isaac have played in Y-Not back in the days of the Redwood and of course the Newie. In fact John's first band Crimson Tide launched thier EP in Y-Not and Isaac played the opening night with his father in the J Fats band. So this is very much a chance for the two to come home to their roots and introduce CAB Collective in a venue that helped us take our first steps as musicians.

How would you describe your style of music?

From the soft and simple to the obscene and heavy. All genres played and played with passion. lyrically armed with a message of unity, awakening and finding an excuse to go a bit nuts.

What can audiences expect from your set?

Free biscuits and no Oasis. But they will get great, honest, music with every ounce of energy left on stage. 

What’s the most memorable gig you’ve played at and been to, and why? 

We have already played across Europe constantly for over 18 months and every show is an attempt to play harder, better and with more passion than the last. So we love them all really. But if you're after anecdotes just ask Isaac about the joys of working with an Italian minded, Sardinian driving drummer!

What’s the first album you remember buying?

The Aladdin soundtrack... I can show you the world.

Who was your music idol growing up?

Gordon the Gopher.

When you’re on the road, is there anything you can’t live without? 

A van that moves!

What has been your biggest musical success so far? 

Our EP, which we wrote and recorded live in a week and with only 8 mics. Although the fact that Oscar is still breathing and Isaac isn't doing time for murder is pretty spectacular.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? 

Still broke, still happy and still on tour. 

If you weren’t in a band what would you be doing? 

Looking for one!

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