Weekend with: Chris Perrin

Chris Perrin
Chris Perrin

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Singer-songwriter Chris Perrin is 35 and lives in Southsea. He was once frontman of Thirst but now has a solo project called Race Car Hearts. He plays live at the Wedgewood Rooms on Friday. Here he describes his perfect weekend.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

The last real holiday I had was in rural France, a nice little cottage in the middle of nowhere. Loads of spiders though, which was immensely terrifying.

What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to?

Richard Hawley at the Pyramids. He was mesmerising. He created soundscapes which were almost dreamlike, and his voice…well, he could sing a Health & Safety lecture and have you begging to hear more.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

I don’t really go in for theatre. My concentration span isn’t too good unless it’s music, or practical jokeage.

The last book you read?

Shakey (Neil Young’s biography). It’s one of the few books I’ve read that has actually changed me as a person, made me rethink my approach to life. Neil Young’s passion and determination for his art is unstoppable.

The last film you saw?

The Dark Knight Rises. I didn’t think it lived up to the hype.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I love to walk the length of the seafront with a few cold beers and my iPod.

What do you watch on TV?

I’m a sucker for EastEnders. I guess it’s the drama and the exaggerated sense of despair. It kinda makes your own life seem like a walk in the park. I also love the fact there is no music, no soundtrack…so, when the drums of the theme tune kick in at the end, it’s a really powerful moment, even if the end scene is Dot Cotton (below) picking her nose.

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

I think there are far too many channels, and no real content on any of them – unless you like X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Big Brother, or My Hair’s Longer Than Your Hair etc. Utter drivel.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

Dave Grohl – he’s got stories about all my other favourite musicians. He’s worked with everyone!

Where do you shop?

Online mostly. My favourite is eBay. I’ve just bought a load of old board games and toys from my childhood.

Where do you eat out?

I like a good curry. The Aubergine curry house has been a long-time favourite.

What’s your signature dish, if you’re cooking?

I love cooking fish. I make a good chilli and garlic salmon.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

Albert Road. I like the student pubs. There is rarely a dress code.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

I like Portsmouth’s history, so I often visit Southsea Castle (above), Old Portsmouth, and Portchester Castle.

Do you have any hobbies?

I’m into DIY and just moved house, so I’ve had plenty of ‘hobby’ time.