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Bressie comes out fighting
He fantasises about killing Bertie and Biffo, armed himself with a baseball bat during the London riots and has some choice words for people who think he walked out on The Blizzards. He’s also made a solo album, Colourblind Stereo, which he hopes people will care about enough not to illegally download. Niall Breslin pulls no punches talking to Stuart Clark.
Stuart Clark, 29 Sep 2011
Other songwriting hook-ups have proven to be less successful.
“I’ve been in rooms with people going, ‘Right, we need the words ‘dancefloor’ and ‘DJ’ to be in it…’ I can’t do that. I did one song with a writer in London called ‘Greeter Girl’, which is about the girl in the GAP advert. It was obviously intended for a 15-year-old girl, so when pitching it I had to sing in a 15-year-old American accent. Halfway through I just went, ‘What the fuck am I doing?’ I love pop music but c’mon!
“I’ve enjoyed working though with some of the young acts 19 are developing. They’re great at spotting talent and bringing it through.”
Had things worked out differently, Bressie could have spent last Saturday with Drico and the boys celebrating victory against the Aussies rather than playing an all-ages gig in Mullingar. Watching the Auckland heroics did he think, “Fuck, if I’d kept playing rugby I might have been part of that.”
“Honestly? No. It’s the most perfect game in the world but I lost my passion for playing it. I was a flanker, back row. My biggest issue was that I never thought I was good enough, I didn’t have that self-belief. Even after I got a phone call at 20 saying that Leinster wanted to sign me, I was still questioning my worth and that sticks out like a sore thumb in rugby. I spent my first year at Leinster in awe of being in the same squad as the likes of Gordon D’Arcy and Brian O’Driscoll.
“And then,” he continues, “I kept getting injured. The same injury kept coming back and back and I felt embarrassed. I felt that I wasn’t fully right when I was out on the pitch. I’m a very happy person, but I was genuinely miserable. Given all of that, the decision to walk away was a pretty easy one. Hand on heart, I couldn’t be any happier with where my life’s at right now.”
Bressie’s Colourblind Stereo is out now. See bressiemusic.com for details of his Irish tour, which includes a Dublin Academy stop-off on October 15.