Feature: “If I…” with Damien Mole (Searching Alaska)

Hailing from the Surrey/Essex area Searching Alaska boasts big choruses, catchy sing alongs and atmospheric numbers in their arsenal, and this week they head out on their first tour alongside alt-rockers Fenrir.

Combining the powerful vocals of Christina Rotondo with stiff guitar riffs and strong, catchy choruses, Searching Alaska have a lot going for themselves.

Bassist Damien Mole recently took some time out to take part in our “If I…” questionnaire. Damien spoke about his admiration forJohn Frusciante and La Dispute, which London venue he’d like to play and more.

If I could re-record one song it would be…
Damien Mole: ‘A Glass Case of Emotion’ off of our ‘Summits’ EP, spice it up and make it more our own sound.

If I could re-live one tour/show it would be…
DM: Either our first Headline show or our first London show at the Garage.

If I had the chance to play one venue it would be…
DM: It was the Astoria but thats been knocked down now, so I’d have to say The Electric Ballroom in Camden.

If I could play with one band it would be…
DM: La Dispute, the amount of passion they put into their shows would be tough to beat but inspiring.

If I could play with any person living or dead it would be…
DM: John Frusciante the former guitarist from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, such an amazing musician.

If I could bring back any band that have split up, it would be…
DM: Fugazi.

If I wasn’t playing music, I would be…
DM: A lot richer but not as happy/probably more insane.

If I could play a different genre it would be…
DM: I really like old school hip hop so maybe something like that would be cool.

If I could have written any song it would be…
DM: ‘A Little Less “Sixteen Candles” a little more “Touch Me”’ by Fall Out Boy, that song is just so brilliant in so many ways.

If I could have written any album it would be…
DM: ‘Deja Entendu’ by Brand New or ‘The Empyrean’ by John Frusciante, both sonically and lyrically brilliant.

If I could headline any festival, it would be…
DM: Reading!

If I could organise my own festival, the bands playing would be…
DM: This is tough! I’d say Red Hot Chili Peppers, La Dispute, Brand New, The Elijah, At the Drive-In, You Me at Six and ofcourse Searching Alaska!

If I could play any other instrument, it would be…
DM: I’d love to be able to sing! Our vocalist Christina has one of the most amazing voices I’ve ever heard, I’d like to be able to sing like that.

If I could give one piece of advice to a new band, it would be…
DM: Only make music with people you love, you spend a lot of time with them and you get to experience some amazing things that you’ll only want to share with people you love.

‘Acoustic Sessions’ by Searching Alaskais available now.

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Searching Alaska begin a UK tour with Fenrir this week.

March
7th The Lanes, Bristol
8th Community Centre, Guildford
9th Hunters Club, Bury St Edmunds
10th The Steamboat, Ipswich
12th The Cave, Addlestone
13th The Penny Whistle, Northampton
14th The Flapper, Birmingham
15th The Square, Harlow
16th Hole In The Wall, Colchester

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