From the outset Puppet Rebellion confidently charged on to the Manchester scene with their infectious original indie tunes, instantly grabbing the attention of local tastemakers and music lovers alike. The band continued to stun with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore EP ‘No Means Yes’, energetic live performances and sold-out gig after sold-out gig. Until the shock departure of frontman Simon Monaghan forced them to slow down a pace. Now the band are back with a new leader and are ready to take it to the next level.
As we all anticipate the new era of Puppet Rebellion, I managed to corner one of their founding members, guitarist Craig Gibson to chat about his early years in music and the songs that have soundtracked his life.
Bitter Sweet Symphonies: Who was the first person to inspire you to pick up an instrument and play?
Craig Gibson: “A friend I worked with at the time played guitar and wanted to start a band so he suggested I learn to play.”
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
“I first learnt how to play bass, which is what I played in my first band, but I was always more interested in the guitar and pretty much from the beginning I was writing songs on that instrument away from the band.”
When did you realise that music was your passion and you had to pursue it?
“That’s a tricky one. I tend to throw myself into things so I guess it was pretty early on after I started playing and it’s a bug I’ve never really shaken off.”
Where did you play your first gig?
“I played my first gig at a pub called ‘The Cock’ in my hometown Northampton.”
What has been the definitive record that has made the most impact on your life?
“’What’s the Story Morning Glory’ was probably the first album I was really into from start to finish and I still love every song on it but in terms of lyrical depth and influence on me as a song writer probably ‘I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning’ by Bright Eyes.”
What’s your earliest musical memory?
“Recording songs from the top 40 on Sunday evenings onto a tape player.”
Who is your favourite songwriter?
“For overall consistency probably Noël Gallagher although there’s obviously countless songwriters I’m a big fan of.”
A song lyric that means a lot to me is…
“I’ve got no plans and too much time
I feel too restless to unwind
I’m always lost in thought
As I walk a block
To my favourite neon sign”
A song that describes my current mood/frame of mind at this time is…