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Indoor Voices Interview

“I think the only revival in shoegaze is the attention it’s receiving again, which might help to expose it to a new generation. Maybe it’s popular because the world seems like a really sad and alienating place to be in right now. Maybe the discord of ‘shoegaze’ is an auditory mirror of that. A confused reaction in sound.” That was Jonathan Relph of Toronto’s Indoor Voices, one of leading bands in the apparent shoegaze revival. Having recently released their new EP Auratic, we discussed in length the process that Indoor Voices went through to complete their latest musical offering. “The songs on Auratic were pretty much complete before December 2013. [However] things got kind of sidelined after the birth of my daughter on November 24th of that year.”

The way Indoor Voices usually write, is that they revisit old sketches that didn’t make the cut on previous releases. But with Auratic, Jonathan recalls how this process is starting to change. “I think finishing S/T [the band’s last EP] was inspiring and I had developed a new approach to starting songs. There was a sort of spontaneous stream of new melodies coming to me. Auratic kind of came together really quickly and we only resorted to one old sketch ‘See Wish’, which was a recording of a loop from around 5 years ago. If you were to hear the original, you might only catch a glimpse of what it turned into.”

A key element of this new age shoegaze scene is that bands aren’t afraid to acknowledge the origins of the genre. With bands such as Lush, My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive being regularly name checked as influences, even with Indoor Voices. “I’d say we borrow brushstrokes from their work. Once it’s all together I don’t think it sounds anything like them, but there’s probably a similar emotional response based on the melodic structures and layering.”

As a genre, there isn’t many constraints to what shoegaze can be. Bands such as Deafheaven make epic black metal infused shoegaze that pummels the listen to the ground with relenting force. Then there was A.R. Kane, a band from the late 80s, whose music was a precursor to the shoegaze scene and used elements of dub. There are multiple avenues a band can explore in terms of shoegaze. On Auratic, Indoor Voices explored the more ethereal and ambient route of shoegaze. However this isn’t just something that they wanted to explore creatively, Jonathan’s affinity towards ambient music is much more deep-rooted. “When I first started listening to ambient instrumental stuff, it kind of started and stopped with Eno. However, over the last few years I’ve been really captivated by the rosters of Kranky and Erased Tapes. Projects such as A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Christina Vantzou, Atlas Sound, Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds have all caught my attention. I’m not an expert on ambient music, far from it, but these artists get a lot of play in my home. So naturally they are going to make their way into my music in some shape or form.”

But what’s next for Indoor Voices? Usually a band would tour their new release to oblivion and then head back to the studio, but Indoor Voices are taking the more laid back approach. “We’ll probably make some new music at some point. Once we’re all done having babies”

You can stream and buy Indoor Voices latest EP Auratic over on their Bandcamp page below.


Liam Egan


Model Aeroplanes Interview

Well what a bloody stressful day I was having. Interviewing Breeze and FLESH, *cough* you can check those out on here *cough*, and running around Manchester trying to get to to every act at Dot to Dot. But y’know what, I deserve some rest sometimes. So I met up Dundee indie quartet Model Aeroplanes in one of Manchester’s many fine drinking establishments, the Blue Brick Club to be exact.

Firstly welcomes to Manchester, how have you found it so far?

Rory – Thank you very much.
Ben – It’s so nice.
Kieran – The bouncers down here are so much nicer compared to the ones up north.
Rory – We’re very much enjoying much. We’ve only been here an hour and a bit but we’re loving it.

So you’ve got quite a late set tonight, any nerves?

Ben –  We won’t have any nerves because we’ll be steamin’.
Kieran – I think we’re all pretty buzzin’ for it, it’ll be a good show.
Rory – It’s nice to be playing a let set because usually we’re just rushing about all day and kind of job done but I’m looking forward to it.

You’re supporting Saint Raymond, that should be a big gig. You looking forward to it?

Grant – It’s going to be a big show.
Rory – It’s at Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Kieran – Apparently it’s a really nice venue.
Ben – Callum is a really nice guy, so we’re really thankful for him having us on.
Grant – I think it’s a really good milestone for us to be playing that venue.

Your latest single is Deep In The Pool, what can you tell me about the track?

Rory – Well…
Ben – It’s a song.
Rory – It kind of started when, just for fun, we tried to write a really corny 80s montage song. It had like a key change in it, it was pretty 80s. But it kind of made a little tangent and it ended up how it is. I’m quite happy with it and I think it’s a sign of things to come from us. We’re trying to diverse ourselves a wee bit. Some people still say it sounds upbeat but I don’t think it is.

Where did you record it?

Ben – We recorded it with two guys down in Hertfordshire, which is the poshest place in the world. Two guys called One Bit and they are like electronic dance music producers, they’re really easy to work with and they totally get us.
Rory – They get us, we get them, sick humour, disgusting chats.
Kieran – Off the chain man.
Rory – It’s actually Joe’s birthday today, so Happy Birthday Joe.
Ben, Grant & Kieran – Happy Birthday Joe!

You were at The Great Escape Festival, how was that?

Rory – We brought the Scottish weather, it was fucking mingin’.
Kieran – It was brilliant, pretty crazy. Like we had heard that it was meant to be off the chain but we didn’t expect it to be as crazy as that.
Ben – Pretty dank.
Grant – Yeah it was a good festival. Obviously it is pretty industry orientated but people just let their hair and go a bit mental, it was nice.
Rory – I think we were a lot more nervous going into it then we should have been, was good fun.
Kieran – All the gigs we did we really busy and we got a good reception, so we can’t ask for anything more really.

Earlier in the year you supported Little Comets and with them they seem to chose support acts who go on to be being really successful, with The 1975 and Catfish & the Bottlemen as examples. Are you hoping you could possibly mirror that?

Rory – Yeah, it probably is just a streak of luck. With Little Comets, they’re such a good band and I think that’s the key. They’ve got the right fans who really enjoy being at their shows. Before the tour where we supported them this year, we supported them when Catfish were supporting in Scotland for one show. So that’s been nice to move up a slot. We got to meet Catfish before they exploded, so that was good. It’s a nice wee family .

In terms of new music, when are we likely to hear to some new material?

Kieran – We’re currently doing a lot of writing at the moment.
Grant – We’re not too sure, I think to just keep writing is the most important part.
Rory – It’s not even writing, I think we’re evolving right now. Before we used to just fire songs out and do it really spontaneously but what we’ve been doing recently is sitting down and getting into the total atoms of the song. I think we take a lot more care now and think that’s what you get from touring and maturing as a band. Without giving anything away because we don’t know what we’re doing yet but we’ll be doing some sort of body of work.

Finally, what does the rest of the year hold for you?

Ben – We’ll be down in England loads, boycotting Scotland a wee bit. We’ll just see what the year holds for us, continue to build and grow.
Rory – What Ben meant to say was that “We’re going to be the biggest fucking band on the planet”. Nah I think it’s just abou growth for this year.
Grant – Write as much as we can, make as many fans as we can.
Rory – We don’t want to jump onto some wave or roller coaster, we just want to take it as it comes.

Big thanks to all of Model Aeroplanes for the interview and good luck for your gig supporting Saint Raymond tonight.

Liam Egan


FLESH Interview

‘GET 2 GULLIVERS MANC PEEPS WE’RE ON NOW TILL 8!!!!!!! R PRAYERS HAV BEEN ANSWERED’, this is what Manchester quartet FLESH tweeted after they missed their original Dot to Dot slot due to heavy traffic. So with my press pass and notepad in hand, I ran 4356 miles across Manchester to reach Gullivers. Only managing to make it for their final track, FLESH’s snotpop was on top form. After their set finished, I caught up with Hazza, Robbie and Jon and talked about drinking sick to what it’s like supporting Peace.

So after rushing up from London and missing you’re original planned slot, you managed to finally get on stage here at Gullivers, how do you think it went?

Hazza – Yeah it went really good. We were really stuck in traffic, so we got held up fucking loads. Then we got off the motorway and we were like ‘Yeah yeah, we’re on it’ then this guy has got this steam tractor and he’s going like four miles an hour and he’s holding up everyone, I was getting proper proper stressed out. Then we got here and they were like ‘we’ll see what we can do’ and we were like   ‘we’re really sorry’. We then got asked if we could make it to Gullivers in seven minutes and were like ‘Yeah, we’re on it’. We came down and played a mini set, it’s good to be here.
Jon – It went alright seeing it was pretty last minute. ‘Play here in seven minutes’ and we were like ‘sound’.
Robbie – So we ran here, got our shit out and I think we got it together alright.
Jon – Yeah and there was quite a few people here too. We were proper stoked to get another slot, we would have been so gutted.
Hazza – So yeah, big love to DHP.
Robbie – Yeah shout out to DHP for sorting it out for us, it’s wicked.

You had a Bez like dude dancing at front, who was that?

Hazza – That’s our mate Joe, he’s from Stoke but he lives wherever he wants I suppose. He’s always around so we sometimes get him on stage and he gets it going. The last couple of gigs he has come up on stage and started throwing up, he likes drinking sick. So yeah that’s pretty cool.

You’ve had quite a packed month, how do you feel it’s gone so far?

Hazza – It’s been alright k’now, we do it all in our drummer’s BMW and that’s nice. But it’s been a packed month and we’ve carrying around a lot of shit because we do it all ourselves. Apart from today it’s been pretty easy and to be honest today didn’t end up even being that hard. It’s all going really well.
Robbie – It’s been really good. It’s been hectic obviously and we’ve had changeover in members for various reasons. But we’ve sorted it out and we’re having a good time.
Jon – It feels good to be this busy I think, playing up and down the country.
Robbie – It’s also an excuse to see our mates in other cities

You supported Peace back in March for three nights when they had their residency at The Deaf Institute, what did you learn from them gigs? Anything from Peace? 

Hazza – I learnt a lot of things, I think we all learnt a lot of things. We learnt that The Deaf Institute stage is a bit small… I kept hitting my head on the balcony. But yeah it was cool, we learnt a few things from Peace.
Robbie – Obviously with Peace they’re on it, they’re really good live.
Jon – We’ve learnt some vocal warm-ups from them.
Hazza – They have an interesting way of warming up, so we copy them.
Robbie – We’ve sounded better live ever since we started doing it.

You’re latest track is W8 4 ME, when can we see a follow up?

Hazza – That would be giving it away wouldn’t it?
Robbie – Secret for now but it’ll all be online soon though

Is it a track you play in your set?

Hazza – Maybe, might be.
Jon – Might not.

You’ve recently got a new drummer Conor, how have the shows gone with him as drummer?

Hazza –  They’ve been terrible…
 – Nah like a dream, like a dream.
Hazza – Yeah they’ve gone fucking great, he’s an asset.
Jon – He’s solid man.
Hazza – Plus he’s got a BMW.
Robbie – He’s actually solid in general.
Hazza – Yeah yeah he’s hard as fuck, which all adds. Protection and all that.

So Jon, how has it gone switching from drums to being a guitarist? has it been weird at all?

Jon – Not really, I guess I’m a guitarist mainly anyway so it wasn’t a big step. I’ve played guitar in bands and stuff before and I think it feels more natural. I think it’s more fun too.

You’ve been compared to Oasis, Madchester bands and Weezer by people but is there any comparisons you’ve had that you’ve just completely disagreed with?

All at once – Goldie Lookin Chain
Hazza – Cos we’re not shitty Welsh Hip-Hop for a start. People just see tracksuits and think ‘Yeah, Goldie Lookin Chain’.
Robbie – Yeah some people may see the tracksuits on them and make the comparison. Tracksuits are cool man and they’re practical.
Hazza – The thing is, we don’t even wear full tracksuits… Just the tops… or the bottoms… but not together.

Finally, what are the plans for FLESH for the rest of 2015? If you can tell me

Jon – Can we give it away?
Robbie – Nah we can’t give anything away mate. We’ll just be cracking on with more gigs.
Hazza –  We can’t even tell you where we are going after this, there’s an injunction.
Robbie – We’ll be shooting a lot of stuff over the summer and getting ready to smash it out in September.
Hazza – We’ve been doing a lot of live shit recently, so we’re gonna calm it down, chill out and get some little recordings out.
Jon – We might go in record in the Caribbean I think…

Shout out to FLESH for finding time do to the interview during their busy schedule and if you know what’s right then you’ll check out their stuff down below.







Liam Egan

Breeze Interview

Let me take you back to 2012, ah weren’t those simpler times. Breaking Bad still hadn’t finished, Years & Years weren’t polluting the airwaves and, most importantly, the B-Town scene was thriving. Peace and Swim Deep were bossing it and bands like JAWS and Superfood were just starting to build fanbases. It seemed like every week a new band would arise from the scene and be instantly hailed as ‘the next big thing’. But now it seems like the B-Town scene isn’t as prevalent as it was. Peace, Swim Deep, JAWS and Superfood have all flown the nest and 2015 seems a lot darker than what 2012 was. For starters Breaking Bad is over and everywhere we go we hear Years & Years, what a horrible world to live in. But wait a second, what’s this? Potentially a band to revive the B-Town scene? I met with Birmingham three piece Breeze before their Manchester and festival debut at Dot to Dot Festival and had a *inserts cheeky Nando’s emoji* chat.

Firstly welcome to Manchester, how are you finding it?

Paul – It’s amaze.
Josh – Everything is really close together, like you don’t have to walk miles.  Like literally you walk around one corner to one place and then I’ve got Google Maps out to find the next place and it’s only 2 minutes down the road.
Jack – As Josh said, everywhere i just 5 minutes away. You go out of one place and then you’re somewhere else, it’s sweet.
Josh – We got the venue at 1 and  we spoke to the guy, he didn’t have a clue what was going on… He said to us just stay in this square and you’ll find everything, so in that way it’s been great.

So being from Birmingham, you instantly get labelled to being in this ‘B-Town scene’. I was just wondering if you think the B-Town scene is still a thing?

Paul – It did die down for a little bit… As soon as Peace and Swim Deep signed to bigger labels, it definitely went quiet. I think JAWS did bring it back in a pretty big way. A lot of people have been saying B-Town for us, so we’re hoping to keep it going as long as we can.
Josh – A lot of Birmingham blogs who’ve made contact or speak about us, when we release a new song or announce a gig, it’s always ‘B-Town’ or ‘Fresh out of B-Town’ blah blah blah. NME as well a few weeks ago put us down as B-Town, so a lot of what we do is being put under that label.
Jack – I didn’t even know there was a B-Town scene until I joined these two…

Tracks like Sellotape and Bleach sound like JAWS, early Swim Deep and Huskies have all come together. This dreamy reverb sound, is this something you strived for or did it just happen?

Paul – When we first started messing around with sounds, it was all over the place. We always had reverb but at one point it was proper Maccabees and then we started going grungy, like Peace and JAWS-esque. Somehow it all mashed together into what we’ve got now.
Josh – It is good that people are relating us to Peace and JAWS because they ended up doing really well, so yeah that’s nice. We do sort of stick with the same vibe because when we got the first two songs out we couldn’t really change. When we first got together we got in a room and said let’s make a song like The Maccabees and it just wasn’t happening, it was just a pile of shit. Then somehow we got this out of it.

Bleach is your latest track, tell me a bit about it? Where did you record it?

Jack – Magic Garden in Wolverhampton.
Josh – Brilliant place.
Paul – Gaz and Joe who work there are amazing, they get us so well. We walk in and we’re like we want this kind of vibe and they’re like ‘yeah I got you’ and it’s done.
Josh – Our first track Dalliance is terrible quality. We recorded it in this place in Birmingham and it just wasn’t good at all. So after that we were really disappointed with how it came out so I messaged Connor from JAWS on Twitter saying we needed somewhere really good to record and he told us about Magic Garden, we’d never heard of it before. But now that we’ve been there, I don’t think we’d go anywhere else. They know exactly what they’re doing every time we go.

So when you record material, is there a set route that you take each time or isn’t a different process for each track?

Jack – I think the same.
Paul – Always drums first.
Jack – Yeah always drums first then we lay a little bit of guitar down.
Josh – We always record a rough demo before we record properly. Once we’ve got the basics of drums, two guitars and vocals laid down, we’re like ‘you know what, we’ll put some synth here’ and stuff like that.
Paul – It’s quite funny how we do that because we get the rough track and listen back to it and say ‘we sound shit, this is going to come out really shit’… We then leave it to Gaz and Joe to work their magic.
Josh –  There’s a KFC around the corner from the studio and every time we go there with our heads in our hands thinking we’ve done terrible. Then we go back and they’ve done whatever that they have done and it’s fucking brilliant.

You looking forward to playing later?

Jack – Yes!
Josh – I am now, I was really tired about an hour ago but now i’m getting the buzz. I’m excited, just anticipating how many people are going to show up.

Have you played Manchester before?

Jack – No never.
Paul – There’s always a good feeling about playing a new city because it’s whole new crowd that you’ve never played for before.
Josh – We played Camden at the end of March with a band that we know and they got us the support. That was easy one of the best times we’ve played.
Jack – I was a bit nervous going in to Camden but for some reason today I’m really looking forward to it

So when are we likely to see a next single?

Jack – EP next hopefully
Paul – We’re going to use Sellotape again as kind of the intro to it then two completely new tracks. By the time it’s released, summer will have gone so it’s going to be quite Sellotapey.
Josh – It’s going to be more downtone to Bleach.
Paul – Bleach is a summer track.
Josh – Sellotape is more downbeat, so we’re going with that sort of vibe for the EP. It should be four tracks.
Jack – If all goes to plan.
Paul – Speaking about the EP, we came up with THE most brilliant name for it today. We’re not going to say it but it’s absolutely brilliant.
Josh – We did have one name but a band we follow just released an album of the same name, so that’s out of the window. We literally were just walking around today and came up with a name.
Paul – We were literally pissing ourselves  for 5 minutes.
Josh – We were like ‘that sounds really good but also weird’ and people like weird don’t they?

I mentioned before some bands that you sound like before but who are you actually influenced by?

Jack – That’s probably that hardest question you could ask…
Paul  – We’ve all got three different music tastes.
Josh – When we first met I was listening to Gorillaz, Nirvana and obviously Maccabees. I suppose we were just a massive clash of music at first and it wasn’t going too well. For me personally, I really like The Cure and The Stone Roses and see them as influences. But yeah, Peace and JAWS have influenced us too just because they are from the same city I think.

What does the rest of the year hold for Breeze?

Paul – We know a little bit but it’s a bit scarce… We’ve been shortlisted for Truck Festival and Y NOT Festival.
Josh – We’ve been speaking to our promoters and they’re trying to get us on This Feeling sometime in November in Birmingham and London.
Paul – This fairly big band’s manager has been listening to our stuff and has said that they look forward to maybe working together in the future.
Josh – It’s all going really well, we’ve only been together for just under a year.
Jack – I’ve been in it for 10 months
Paul – It wasn’t really anything until you joined to be honest.
Josh – So it’s only been going properly for 9 months. This is our first festival, so we’re really excited.
Jack – We wouldn’t have thought we’d be seen in Manchester 9 months ago, we were sat in Paul’s loft back then.
Paul – We were still there a few months ago.
Jack – Yeah we do still sit in the loft because that’s were we practice.
Josh – Our first gig at the O2, that was massive for us playing in front of like 20 people. Now we’re playing Dot to Dot, which is one of the biggest Indie music festivals in the UK, and I can’t believe it man.

So you never know, B-Town may have it’s comeback. Now we just need to get Breaking Bad going again and somehow get rid of Years & Years and we’ll be back in 2012! Links to all of Breeze’s social media and music is below. Big thanks again to the Paul, Josh and Jack from Breeze for the interview and best of luck getting onto the Truck and Y NOT Festival line ups.


Liam Egan

Baby Strange Interview

With the haunting vocals of London four-piece Crows echoing in the background as they soundchecked for their Slaves support slot, I managed to get 10 minutes with Glaswegian trio Baby Strange. In a tightly packed corridor of Gorilla, one of Manchester’s best venues, we spoke about politics to the release of their much anticipated debut album.

Firstly welcome to Manchester, how are you finding it?

Johnny – Yeah it’s great, probably one of my favourite cities. Loads of good clothes shops, so yeah I’m happy.
Aidan – It’s better than London.

You’ve done a couple of dates already supporting Slaves on their tour, how have they gone?

Johnny – This is our third date and the first two were great. Was our first time in Portsmouth on Tuesday and it was great, really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to just do the rest of it now.

So prior to this tour, you had played shows with Slaves before. Is this something you enjoy doing, being able to tour with a band that you’re familiar with?

Johnny – Yeah it’s a big help when the band you’re supporting are nice people, it makes things go a lot smoother. It’s also way easier to have fun, there’s no egos.
Aidan – Great band as well.
Johnny – It’s great being able to watch a band every night that you really like as well.

Recently you went Norway and Sweden, how was that? and were there many Baby Strange fans over there?

Johnny – It was very expensive to buy a drink, to buy anything really. I dunno about Baby Strange fans but there was a few people in the crowd singing the songs, so I suppose that was a bonus.
Aidan – We didn’t expect anyone there, so it was a nice surprise.

You mentioned online the other day that your latest single was finished being recorded, what are the details?

Johnny – It’ll be out at the start of summer and it’s called California Sun, it’s probably one of the best songs we’ve written.

How did the recording go for California Sun go? Where did you do it?

Johnny – It went really well, we recorded with Catherine Marks and she’s done Wolf Alice, Foals and all that.

Any plans for an album yet?

Johnny – Yes… we’ve not got a name for it yet and we’re not sure exactly when it’s coming out but it’ll be the first quarter of next year. We were hoping to have it out by the end of this year but these things take time.

The first time I saw you play live was here in Manchester in 2013 when you supported Swim Deep at the Deaf Institute, how do you think you’ve changed as a band since then?

Aidan – In every way possible, we’re just so much better now.
Johnny – Better songwriters, better live performers. Back then we’d only played a handful of gigs, so we were still getting to grips who we were as a band. It was a bit weird supporting Swim Deep because we aren’t that matched but those gigs were really fun.

Recently there has been bands and musicians who said that artists shouldn’t be singing about politics or associating themselves with politics, do you as band think music and politics should mix?

Johnny –  I think music and politics go hand in hand. For a lot of young people, music is the only way to be heard unless you write for a blog or something. I think more young bands should speak about politics and the singer from The Horrors, what the fuck is that about? It made me feel sick.

Finally what’s the plan for the rest of 2015?

Connaire – Bigger better gigs hopefully.
Johnny – Better jackets and better haircuts.

Big thanks to Johnny, Aidan and Connaire for taking their time to do the interview and, if you haven’t already, you should check out all their music.

Next interview on my blog will be with Henry Ruddel, the drummer of Leeds punk band Eagulls.

Liam Egan


East India Youth Interview

What a last few months William Doyle, better known as East India Youth, has had. The electronic musician’s debut TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER gained the recognition it rightfully deserved by earning a Mercury Prize Award nomination last year and now he’s released his follow up Culture Of Volume, which has been matched with rave reviews. But wait he’s not stopped there! After recently supporting Jon Hopkins on his sell out Brixton show, William is now preparing to tour the UK. I got the chance to speak to William before he hit the road, talking about when he met one of musical idols Brian Eno to if getting a Mercury nomination adds any pressure to deliver again.

Firstly congratulations on the release of your new album Culture Of Volume, how does it feel to get it released? Did you feel like you had a lot to live up to due to your Mercury nod last year?

No pressure at all, really! About a week before the announcement of the Mercury I’d finished all of the tracking for this album and then a day or so after the ceremony we were in the mastering studio, so it very much felt like the next step was all sewn up. This allowed me to enjoy the experience of the Mercury a lot more, and it was a great time.

After getting nominated for the Mercury, artists can sometimes take a long break until they release their next record. However for you, you released Culture Of Volume 15 months after TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER, was this something you always planned to do before you got nominated for the Mercury or did the Mercury have a part to play in timing of the release?

No, it was already in motion regardless of the prize. I think this put me in a very strong position. You keep that momentum that you’ve built up with being nominated for the prize on your debut album. Young Fathers put out their next album on the same day as me this year, too. I think they had a similar feeling.

Moving on from the Mercury, you mentioned in Under the Radar that your “erratic behavior” of shifting between musical styles is part of you, do you think constantly trying different styles helps keep you full of ideas and helps prevent ‘writer’s block’?

Absolutely not, unfortunately. Writer’s block occurs whatever you try to do to avoid it sometimes. The best thing you can do is just to work through it. I don’t really think about what style I’m going to attempt at the start of each song, it usually just starts from a melodic or rhythmic idea and then as I work on it more and more, a style will present itself or it will have logically worked itself into that style. It’s one of the more exciting parts of the creative process for me.

So when you initially had the idea for Culture Of Volume, what was it that you wanted to initially achieve? Has it turned out differently to what you expected or has it remained how you set it out to be?

I definitely thought it was going to be entirely instrumental at the start of making it, but as my voice and confidence grew in strength over playing many shows in the 2 years of making this new album, I knew I wanted to play to my strengths a bit. I think that’s why the album has a much stronger pop oriented feel – it was all influenced by the increasing excitement of the developing live show. I think I’ve been able to expand on a lot of the ideas that I set out with TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER, and bring a lot of things to the next level. The extremities, however, are still off in the distance. I’m working on getting there.

I know you’ve only just released your latest album but you’ve already discussed how you have clear ideas for the third album and how you could potentially conclude East India Youth as a project there. Is this idea of potential album trilogy something that had been on your mind since the start of East India Youth or has it just developed as you’ve made your music?

Not really. I wasn’t even sure I meant what I said then, it was meant in a jocular fashion as I was being interviewed by my friend John Doran. But it did occur to me that this project may have a shelf life in terms of its aesthetic or artistic goals. My life as an artist, whatever project I’m working on, I don’t see as quite so limited. I do have a lot of ideas about the third record and I have definitely, probably foolishly, got it into my head that it is some kind of vision I’ve been working on for quite some time without really knowing it. That’s all I’ll say on that for now though. Need to keep some mythology for the PR next time round.

You recently supported Jon Hopkins in his sold out Brixton Academy show, how was that experience?

It was a lot of fun. Brixton’s a weird one. When you’re in the crowd all you really feel is that you’re in this sea of people. But when you’re on stage, due to the slightly ramped floor the audience stand on, you don’t see as much depth. It’s quite good for the nerves though, that. I was really flattered Jon asked me to do that show, it was a big one for him and for me also. It’s been great being around Jon for the last year or two and seeing his thing grow. He’s a really remarkable artist and person.

I read the article on you meeting Brian Eno the other day and I
thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a part where you mention that Music For Airports “chimed” with you straight away. I was just wondering if you’d ever make an album that was solely ambient styled music? Because Carousel could easily fit into Eno’s ambient work in my opinion and is some of your best work.

I wouldn’t rule it out. I do think that my strength is in melody though, and I wonder if that will always be at the centre of my work. Also I think each artist has a particular duration that their art is suited to. I’ve been making music between 3 and 8 minutes for nearly 10 years now, and I wonder if that will ever change. It might be nice to see if I can develop my work into larger – or shorter – forms. It’s all up in the air really though.

The article also mentions how Brian invited you to come back again another time, could there potentially be a small collaboration on the horizon in the future? It must be a strange feeling that someone who you looked up to when you were younger and inspired you to start music is now a fan of your work.

It is very bizarre, yes. I feel strangely calm about it though. I think it shows how amazing my life has become in the last 3 years that meeting and getting to work with one of my biggest heroes doesn’t make me a shivering sycophantic wreck of a person. It’s very exciting though. I don’t really care about what comes out of my meeting and working with Eno in terms of producing an actual product or him producing my album or something, I’m just so keen to learn from him and have really enjoyed being in his company so far.. Again though, let’s not rule anything out.

So you’ve got a string of UK dates starting on the 24th of May at the How The Light Gets In Festival and ending on the 5th of June in
Ramsgate, what can people who come to these gigs expect to see/hear? Obviously a mix of your discography but will there be any unreleased music in the set?

There is no new music yet to show anyone! Think the next one will take a little longer than the quick one-two punch of these first two albums. I should have sequenced the full headline set into quite a fluid thing by the time I get back to the UK as I’ll have been on the road fairly solidly for a month pretty much without rest. A lot of people have still yet to see my new set up, and it’s an energetic and exciting way to play this material. After SXSW this year I’m now really enjoying the live show and hopefully the audience can see this.

Is there any albums that you’ve heard this year that you think could make it to the Mercury?

I thought the Jane Weaver record from last year was really great, and it was released late enough to be considered this time. I’m still yet to have a real ‘moment’ with an album from 2015 yet, but there’s still a lot of great stuff about. The new Young Fathers album is great, too. I love them. I think it would be quite bizarre for the Mercury Prize to nominate the same band two years in a row, but I don’t think it’s ever happened that a band who have been nominated have then put out their next album in the consecutive year until now. Shows how much the industry has changed in the last few years I guess.

Finally what does the rest of the year hold for you?

A lot of touring and then finding somewhere to live outside of London so I can crack on with this next album in a more peaceful environment.

Tickets for his upcoming gigs are below and it’s a tour that definitely can’t be missed.


For those interested in purchasing Culture Of Volume then a link to where you can get it from is below.


I also want to thank William for talking the time to answer the questions and wish him the best of luck for his tour.

Liam Egan

The Arbourdecks Interview

Piling into the cramped backstage of the Castle Hotel, The Arbourdecks were joking away like they hadn’t got a very important gig in a couple of hours. Having to use an amp as a seat, we began talking about the origins of the band and what was next for The Arbourdecks.

Firstly how are you?

Dan – Yeah we’re good.
Jack – We’re wonderful.

Do you have any nerves for tonight? and if so then what do you do to get over these said nerves?

Louis – Not really but 15 minutes before we go on we will.
Dan – Yeah 10 to 15 minutes before we will but once we start playing it’s fine.

So tonight’s the single launch of Weekend, tell everyone a bit about the track.

Jack – Go on Dan, inform us all.
Dan – Weekend is sort of based on a template of a four minute indie rock ‘n’ roll song. It’s not too long and it’s a good track with lots of energy, it’s Libertine-esque. It’s big sounding, big chorus and has relatable lyrics.
Jack – Ripping ladies clothes off with the wave lengths.
Dan – Big choruses and good lyrics, there isn’t enough of it these days.
Jack – It’s something hard hitting.

Where did you go to record the track?

Dan – We recorded it in Sugarhouse Studios.
Louis – I can say nothing but good things about Sugarhouse. The guys there really helped us out because we ended up changing it a bit from what we originally had. If you look at the video for Weekend when we were at the Roadhouse, you can hear the difference. It sounds a lot better, everyone stands out a bit more now.
Dan – Yeah it was really good recording there, they did a good job on it. We did a real thorough recording that we were really pleased with.
Louis – Also if something didn’t work then they would say but they weren’t arseholes about it.
Jack – Good old guidance of the producer.

When you write tracks, do you all have creative input or is there one of you who likes to take control?

Dan – The direction we’re going, it’s more of a collective experience.
Jack – Dan is the main foundation.
Dan – I’ll normally write the chords and lyrics, sometimes me and Jack will collaborate on the lyrics. So yeah chords and lyrics then i’ll show it Teej and he’ll put his pedaltrain on it.
Jack – Teej applies the magic to it, Teej is the magic.
Louis – We’ve got to the point we’re we all know each other quite well, even though Teej has just joined.
Teej – Well I do know you quite well, we are cousins… (laughter)
Louis – We know now each other well enough to say ‘that doesn’t work, we need to change it’. It’s not as if we’re like ‘this is shit and I hate everybody, this is awful. I don’t want to be in this band anymore.’ It’s more constructive.
Jack – I see us as a creative brotherhood.

So this sound you have of big choruses that’s similar to The Courteeners and Catfish & the Bottlemen, are either of these influences or do you all have a variety of influences?

Louis – We’ve been asked that before and we all said different genres.
Dan – As a band, even though it’s an indie band, we all have different tastes in music and musical backgrounds, so we try and do things that haven’t already been done and add different things to it. Like Teej has a metal background, Jack has a jazzy punk background and Louis is psychedelia. So we just try and mix that with the formula that’s been tried and tested in indie music.
Louis – Sometimes we have tried to do it with everyone’s backgrounds and it just doesn’t work.
Dan – Yeah sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but what we’re playing tonight is a fair representation of what we’re all in to.
Jack – It’s good to make compromises to make things work.

How did The Arbourdecks initially start? What’s your origin?

Dan – I started The Arbourdecks with one of the former members Danny then we got Jack involved on bass. After that we had a couple of line-up changes with our drummer.
Jack – We then got the main man Ellis on the scene then we got his cousin, now we’re tearing shit up.

Is there any musicians that you look up to and think ‘yeah, I want to be like them one day’?

Dan – I’d say Jim Morrison.
Jack – Freddie Mercury.
Teej – Probably John Frusciante from Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Louis – I’m gonna say Kevin Parker from Tame Impala because of all the instruments he plays.

So finally what’s the plan for The Arbourdecks for the rest of 2015?

Dan – More gigs, more performing, get another single out.
Louis – Support someone who’s quite big, instead of these smaller gigs. I don’t want to say these gigs are bad but if we can get in there with a bigger band then that would really help us.
Dan – We just want to keep pushing and pushing.
Jack – We’re ready to progress aren’t we gents?

So if you want to catch The Arbourdecks live then you’re in luck as they are playing Gullivers in Manchester on April the 17th, tickets can be bought on the door for £5.

Liam Egan