Following their stonking appearance at Hinterland, here’s a series of call and response we fired the way of Wild Beasts‘ Hayden Thorpe. Limbo, Panto is one of the most astounding records of our generation, and here at Muso’s Towers we have nearly scratched off our epidermis in anticipation of the second album. So here’s what we asked when given the chance…
The new album‘s finished – did you actively make a decision to get it out so soon after Limbo, Panto or was that just the way you work?
Limbo, Panto was five years in the making. Once the heavy burden of years of work was finally let loose we felt very light on our feet and able to move on quickly. I suppose we also set ourselves limitations for Limbo, Panto, songs have to be compatible with one another so we were working within a framework. It was liberating to expand upon that framework second time round.
How did the new songs go down on the recent tour?
The new songs went down really well, there is energy and atmosphere to them which we love to perform and I think that comes across and makes it easy for new ears to get in on the act.
What did you grow up listening to? Do you think it would’ve been different if you were growing up now, what with unlimited access to all sorts of music?
I definitely think it would be different; we’re of the generation just before the Internet changed the whole way music was consumed. When we were 14, the expectation was to buy the CD you wanted – you’d choose carefully and listen properly to get your bloody money‘s worth. That just isn’t the case any more, songs are far more disposable in a sense and it’s harder for slow burning music to push through the instant crap that exists for a day and dies.
If you could transport yourself to any year, when would it be?
Maybe 1986, the year I was born. Though I’m a child of the 80s I have no real concept of what it was like, I was too young.
What records are you looking forward to this year?
The new Junior Boys record will be a good one, we’re big fans and early indications are it’s sounding pretty spectacular. Those guys know how to put a song together.
Do you find yourselves pigeonholed as ‘eccentric’ and if you, how does it make you feel?
We are what we are. Why worry about how we’re seen or what we’re not. We like to surprise so I suppose for now it suits us.
How long do you deliberate over your songs before you decide that they’re in the form you want to record them in?
On the new record I think we had four or five versions of each song, it could be pretty pain staking at times but it pays off. I suppose you just know when a song is doing what it set out to do, it feels right, there’s no real technique to it.
Are you looking forward to the impending festival season?
I suppose Hinterland is the start of our second album campaign and for that reason we’re eager and excited. The festival season is pretty great for a musician, definitely a perk of the job. We just need that sun to stay we’re it is in that nice warm little place.