When they played their first UK gig, as
support to Morrissey at the Albert Hall, no-one knew very much
about The Thrills. I remember being halfway through a conversation
about going to the bar and suddenly turning to look at the stage
and saying 'hey, these sound quite good. Maybe we should stay
and watch them.' The three songs we saw were fantastic. This
small interview with singer Connor covers the band's relationship
Is Morrissey an important
person to you?
"Yeah, we're all big fans of Morrissey. I wouldn't know
every solo album, I know Smiths stuff which is brilliant. But
he's really nice. He first came to see us in a practice room
in Dublin before we even had a deal or anything. It was weird
because we were talking about California and two weeks later
he offered us this tour of the west coast of America and ending
in San Diego in an open air ampitheatre, and you can imagine,
we were over the moon, to put it mildly. The problem was, we
hadn't signed the deal yet so we couldn't afford it, because
we didn't have any tour support or anything. So we had to turn
it down and then we were all pretty pissed about that. Then two
weeks later we got the call for the Royal Albert Hall gig. Yeah,
he's been really good to us. Because we didn't have a deal or
anything. He was just mad for us. The cool thing was, we didn't
really know that much of the solo stuff he played, but the new
songs really were the stand outs of the gig. Those songs I think
are brilliant. Hopefully he can make a bit of a comeback now.
How did he find you?
"Our manager knew someone who could get the demo to him
and he just passed it along to him, not really expecting much,
and then he got the call back. Morrissey has a house down in
Cork and apparently he just got back and said he actually really
liked it and he was wondering if he could come along and see
one of your gigs because he was on holiday in Ireland for two
weeks. At this stage, we'd just played a gig a few days before
for someone, so we just said why don't you come to rehearsal
because we knew he was only around for a few days and we couldn't
get something organised in time. So he just came along to rehearsal
and it was really weird, because it was just Morrissey, our manager,
a friend of theirs, sitting there on the couch watching us play
about five feet away from us. So it was pretty surreal and then
just about a week later he offered the American tour.
Were you doing your
best not to look at him in the rehearsal room?
"Yeah, it was really weird. You're trying to find the spot
in the room that you could look at, as if there was a hundred
people out there. You couldn't look him in the eye. I remember
Paul was saying he just caught his eye and he'd kind of forgotten
that Morrissey was sitting there and he just realised it and
of course he fluffed his next riff. He just became very aware.
It was very weird. It was a bit of a surreal moment."