How did you all meet?
“Although Hometime is a solo project, it doesn’t operate in complete isolation. I have two songwriting partners – Gavin Murphy and Seán Hurley. Seán is also my producer. I met Gavin many years ago when he was hired as a session guitarist for another project I was working on. He liked what he heard and asked if I’d write with him for a project he was working on. We quickly became friends and had our own band together for a few years. We’re both operating as solo entities these days, but still write together. Seán and I met through our day jobs a few years ago. Again, we hit it off straight away and even dabbled in music early on. Our co-writing is a relatively recent development. I like that the three of us overlap in the things we like but find the brightest creative sparks in the areas where we don’t coincide”.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“We weren’t a musical household, so I was only exposed to music in a very casual way – like on TV or when the radio would be turned up for certain songs. I discovered ABBA when I was 12 and that turned into a real obsession. I especially love their darker, later stuff. Their melodies, vocals and production are peerless. Their comeback material is a joy too. But I also love the amazing production that Trevor Horn did for acts like Grace Jones, Yes, Dollar and ABC. It’s so incredibly intricate and precise. Gorgeously glossy, but so brilliantly layered. You still hear something new each time you play his tracks”.
What made you want to be in a band?
“It was born of necessity to begin with. I was stumbling around as a clueless solo wannabe when a helpful A&R guy recommended that I find a band to help develop my writing. I was very daunted at the start. Each band over the years was different, so there was a lot of compromise involved in terms of tackling genres that weren’t quite my bag. But ultimately, it’s a very supportive environment to be in – especially onstage”.
What has been your best gig?
“That was part of an arts festival a long time ago. The audience didn’t know us at all – we were complete unknowns – but they just erupted in screams when we came onstage. It was so incredible that we wondered for a second if they’d mistaken us for someone else! They didn’t know our material but danced along like fans. It was such a buzz! Despite everything, the number of gigs I’ve played over the years is reasonably low. I much prefer the recording process”.
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“I’ve just released my third single. It’s called “It Beats Living Alone” and it’s a terrific song, even if I do say so myself. It has a heart”.
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“Pop, Adult, Reflective”.
What makes your band stand out from others?
“I think that’s in the ear of the beholder, really. I’d like to think that the honesty of the material is noticeable”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2021?
“All roads lead to finishing my album. The pandemic really interfered with momentum but the silver lining is that it gave me time to come up with some new material to replace songs I fell out of love with”.
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“Uhm… my matinee idol good looks, maybe? Kidding obviously. It’d be nice to be remembered at all. The songs are the most important thing”.
Any gig’s coming up?
“Nothing in the pipeline right now, I’m afraid”.
By Siân Parker