21 DISARMing Questions for Andy Golding of The Wolfhounds / Dragon Welding

Andrew Golding, founding member of C86 pioneers The Wolfhounds, has debuted his
solo album under the moniker Dragon Welding, which is a clever anagram of his name.

The self-titled solo album features a rich blend of influences, the most obvious being The Wolfhounds and Moonshake, with nods to Neu! and Stereolab drone, and taps into various genres, including Alternative and Indie-folk.

Andy was kind enough to answer our DISARMing questions about music, art, and life in general.

Congratulations on your new project Dragon Welding and the release of your debut album through A Turntable Friend Records. We are looking forward to the next Wolfhounds album, which I hear is forthcoming in the next year or so.

What are you listening to right now?

Camera Obscura by Nico

What was the first LP/tape/CD you remember owning?

It was a single by Jerry Lee Lewis “Chantilly Lace”. It was 5 pence from a box
outside a sweet shop.

Vinyl or CD/Digital?


What are your favorite bands?

When I need to reset, I always go back to Beefheart, The Shaggs and The Jimi
Hendrix Experience.

Why do you live where you do?

People all over the world pay a fortune to visit London. I get to see it every

What is your favorite journey?

I drove from Sydney to Brisbane a few years back. It would be hard to top

What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?

Listening to BBC Radio 6 Music in the garden. Sunday is pretty much always spent
this way if I don’t have to go anywhere.

What essentials do you take on a plane or tour bus?

iPad and USB charger.

What is your dream vacation if money was no object?

I’d drive around the world in a VW Camper Van.

What do you do with 4 hours to yourself in a new city?

Want to leave, usually.

What inspired you to take up music?

Listening to records was more fun that playing with toys. I wanted to know how
it worked.

What was your most memorable day job?

Picking the silver foil tops of off used milk bottles.

What advice should you have taken but didn’t?

Youth is wasted on the young.

What should everyone shut up about?

Nothing. Shout as loud as you want.

Who’s your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would the menu be?

My wife, living, vegan.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Arthur Dent

What was the best live gig or music festival you attended (as a fan or

UK 2009 Nightmare Before Christmas – curated by My Bloody Valentine. This
event was held at Butlins holiday camp in Minehead, Somerset. It was the
weekend that made me decide that Wolfhounds should start to release new
material. The line-up was incredible: My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, De La
Soul, EPMD, Sun Ra Arkestra, The Horrors, Buzzcocks, Fucked Up, The
Pastels, A Place to Bury Strangers, J Mascis + The Fog, Bob Mould,
Swervedriver, Dirty Three, Primal Scream, Television Personalities, Yo La
Tengo, The Membranes, Josh T Pearson, That Petrol Emotion, Th’ Faith
Healers, Robin Guthrie and loads more.

Editors: What a lineup!  And Butlins, Minehead is home to one of our favourite festivals, Shiiine On Weekender.

What are your “must” read magazines, news, websites, blogs?

BBC News. I still trust that I can read between the lines easier than with any
other news outlets.

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art.

Trout Mask Replica.

What does the next 6 months look like for you?

I will move to a new house, so it will either be exciting or disastrous.

Which musician rule do you agree with? Always meet your heroes or
never meet your heroes?

Always meet them, but then ignore them. At least you can say you were in
the same room as them. I sat next to John Peel once and never said a word.

Thank you for your time Andy!

Go get the debut album, Dragon Welding, from Bandcamp today!

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