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14 Oct 2014

The Lucky 13: Grand Scovell's Daniel Gililland

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Since winning the Battle of the Bands at The Hood Bar and Pizza in August (I was a judge of the contest), San Jacinto’s Grand Scovell has began gathering more of a following here in the Coachella Valley. Catch them live this Saturday, Oct. 18, at The Hood; also playing at the free 9 p.m. show are Accustomed to Nothing and Brain Vat. You can find Grand Scovell on Facebook at www.facebook.com/grandscovell. Grand Scovell’s frontman, Daniel Gililland, was kind enough to recently answer the Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

I believe it was The Cadillacs when I was, like, 10.

What was the first album you owned?

It was a best of the ’50s cassette tape with some Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper, Fats Domino and a bunch of other greats on it.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Jonny Two Bags, Face to Face, Gordon Lightfoot and Voodoo Glow Skulls.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Dubstep, which sounds like video game music, and Kanye West, which sounds like something the Army psy-ops guys would have used on Manuel Noriega. I mean, it’s seriously, seriously bad, but apparently I’m quite alone in this sentiment.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

If a time machine were available, then The Beatles at Shea Stadium in ’65, or at the Apple building in ‘69 for the final performance.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Canada’s finest ... Gordon Lightfoot.

What’s your favorite music venue?

I really liked Emo’s in Austin’s Sixth Street District. I saw many of my favorites there. I don’t think it’s at the same location anymore, but at the time, it was not very big. That underground awesomeness made the experience very personal between the bands and the fans.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Riding on clay wheels ’til the bitter end,” “Riding on Clay Wheels,” Jonny Two Bags.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

I have to say NOFX. I realize it’s a cliché, with me being in a punk band, but it’s true. They opened my ears not just to punk, but an entirely new version of it—melodies, harmonies, musicianship and just stuff I’d never heard before. It was amazing to me.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

A couple years ago I caught a Jonny Two Bags’ acoustic set. He played a song that I absolutely loved, and it’s not on his solo release. I would ask him what the name of the song is, and if he has any plans to release it.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Taps,” because I’m a soldier.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

The Beatles, Revolver.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Next Stop, Pottersville.” And if you know how to find it without Google ... well, you’re a true fan!

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