Strength N.I.A | Interview
By Michael Ferguson
Strength N.I.A hail from Derry and are fronted by singer Rory Moore. Describing their music as “Werewolf Pop” they use thick bass lines, organ and lovely beats to accompany Moore’s powerful voice. The music looks back in some ways, in a nod to the past, but it has also an intense and now feel to it. Their album Northern Ireland Yes was released in December 2017
We took some time out with Strength N.I.A to see what is happening with the band at the minute. Here is what is going on in the world of Strength N.I.A according to Rory.
Where does the inspiration to write and record music come from?
I wanted to write songs that I felt were interesting and honest, I wanted to record using a Panasonic video camera microphone. I don’t feel there is a necessity to pump endless sums of money into a recording studio and still believe that a person can record music in any way possible using any means possible. A good song is a good song and should stand up through any recording method.
What is happening in the world of Strength N.I.A at the minute?
The debut album Northern Ireland Yes was released in December on Vinyl, CD and Digital download. It is available through local independent record shops and on Bandcamp. The recent ‘Fund-It’ campaign was a great success and are very happy and privileged to be supported by everyone.
If you could give a synopsis of Northern Ireland Yes in a couple of sentences, what would it be?
This album is a sermon to the beautiful people of Derry and N.Ireland. I tried to make an honest and genuine appraisal of myself and capture something of the beauty I feel from those I have known or admired.
Who was your inspiration to get into music and why?
The Doors performance of ‘Light My Fire’ on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1967 was the catalyst for doing all things musical and performance orientated. It was such a beautiful sounding performance and I’d never seen humans generate such electricity in this way before. I wanted to be a human involved in electricity and melody.
What is the best venue you have played to date and if there was any venue you could choose to play in, what would it be?
The best venue we have played was the Galway Mechanics Institute. It was an old boys social club with a vinyl floor. When you play these kinds of venues you are outside of the pop-scene hemisphere so there is no pretense, you gotta do what you do and do it well. I would like to do a tour of old boys clubs and associations. I feel that sort of challenge would improve our work.
What is the most challenging aspect of being in the band?
I struggle with body dysmorphia and most of the time I feel inadequate.
If you had to choose…. The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
The Rolling Stones.
You are hosting the ultimate dinner party….. You can invite four guests, living or dead. Who would they be?
Nelson da Silva, the Brazilian footballer who played for Derry City in the 1980s. American singer-songwriter Mark Sandman, frontman of Alt-Rock band Morphine. Myles Manley, DIY popster from Sligo. And finally, Shane Gallagher; Shane was one of my best friends who passed away two years ago. He wasn’t a musician, just a good and kind guy I met in the Simon community when I was homeless four years ago. It should be quite a night.
And there you have it, time well spent catching up with the enigmatic Strength N.I.A.
As part of their 2018 tour, Strength N.I.A. will be playing at the Nerve Centre, Saturday 28 April ’18.
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