Hi Graham. Congratulations on a great new album, How the devil are you today?
 
Very well, thank you.
 
What are your plans for the summer? Band / solo shows.. any UK or European gigs planned?
 
My summer is going to be very relaxed. I think the band is going to play a couple of shows, and I might do some or I might not, we'll see. I'm mostly hoping I get to play some baseball.
 
I noticed that TPC were at the Sasquatch Music festival last weekend, how does that compare to say the Glastonbury festival over here?
 
My only experience at Glasto was unfortunately brief, as we had to drive our bus to Norway pretty much right after we finished playing. I also made the mistake of wearing wellies on stage (they're heavy!) and a camera operator kept stepping on my plugs and turning off my keyboards. So, compared to that version of Glastonbury, Sasquatch was heaven. But reliable sources inform me that Glastonbury is actually a lot of fun, so I hope to return one day soon and experience it properly. Maybe if you know someone on the board of directors you could put in a good word for me?
 

 

Hi Jesse, how the devil are you today?

 Wicked. Get it?
 
What made you guys decide to make music your career and how did you come together?
 
Well, it happened differently for all of us, of course. Most of my band mates came to music much earlier in life, but I was a bit of a late bloomer, tried out a buncha other jobs and careers that I just didn’t love, music was the last game standing.
 
How did you enjoy playing in Europe recently and will you me back anytime soon?
 
It was great, our favorite trip yet, actually – and we’ve had some fun ones. It’ll be hard to stay away from those mountains in Norway and the streets of Cologne, so, yeah, you’ll see us back there, whoever we have to rob, kill, or extort to make it happen.
 
You seem to have some interesting festivals planned this summer, Huichica, Floyd Fandango, Hillside etc what are the major difference between each festival?
 
Hard to say – haven’t played em yet. As we speak, we’re en route to Wakarusa tomorrow and then flying out to Huichica in California this weekend – so we’ll have at least two cases very, very soon. But we’re excited to be doing more of the festival circuit this summer, and less 7-nights-a-week touring. Spending more off time on the next album, having a few more free days to just kick back and enjoy summer – you know, all the good stuff in life.
 

Hi and welcome back to Europe soon, how the devil are you?

 Very good! Really excited to be coming back to Europe. 
 
- What influenced the writing on this album and is the creation of a new song, a whole band process?
 
It's hard to say what influenced the writing on this album; it really can be a number of things. Each song starts out coming from one person, an idea or something complete, and then we all work on it together. 
 
- What is the best part of the album cycle, writing, recording, promotion, playing live?
 
It would be a tie between writing and playing live for me. Writing can have such a peaceful, cathartic sense about it, because you are getting a lot of creativity out of your brain and making something that you are proud of (that's the goal at least). Playing music live is just amazing. It's loud, it's moving, it's magical.  
 
 

We are delighted to publish our interview with Marry Waterson and Oliver Knight. 

  Hello and how are you today, is life enjoyably hectic?

Oliver: Hi Pete. Very well thank you.

Marry: Hello Pete, thank you for the lovely review. Oliver and I are gearing up for a series of concerts and interviews, the first being Lewes on 5th May and Bristol on 6th with London Kings Place on 13th and others  throughout May

How long were the songs that made up the album in your mind, before they were put on to tape?

O: Windy Day was around since about 2004, I wrote that while walking with my daughter but always though someone else should sing it. Marry wrote most of the other lyrics although I had a lot plotted out for Angels Sing and I had the Basic tune for Sleeping Flame.

M: Secret Smile was about my neighbours in the street where we bought our first house, so that particular song had been rattling around in my head for some time, Rosie contains lyrics from an afternoon’s writing Mum and I once shared, with the majority of other lyrics added much later.

Once Oliver and I had collaborated on our first song Angels Sing, I couldn’t stop writing, some songs where complete and with others I would have lyrics and an idea for a tune and Oliver and I would develop them in the studio, so sometimes songs where put down pretty quickly. Revoiced was the last song I wrote when the album was more or less finished, we recorded it almost as soon as I’d written it.

There are comments that the folk world had been waiting for Marry to sing for a long time? So again before the album, was it just singing in the shower that made you realised you had a wonderful voice?

M: Well, that is very kind, having grown up immersed in traditional song I first sang on stage with the Waterson family when I was ten years old, making the occasional appearance from then onwards. I guess the confidence and inspiration took it’s time coming, though as an artist, I have always been involved in other creative disciplines.

 

 

An Interview with Adam Harrison, Bassist  of The Boxer Rebellion direct from their current U.S. tour:

 

How the devil are you today? Did you have downtime after a hectic SXSW?

Very good thank you! We actually had no downtime after south by- on the Sunday we were called by our airline to be told our flight was cancelled out of Houston... Not what you want to hear when you have to play Amsterdam the day after the new arrival date! So... Yeah, no rest for the wicked- all worked out though and it turned out to be our biggest ever show on mainland Europe...

 

 With so much (friendly?) competition out there, how have you approached the marketing of your new album to get it on top of people's want list?

It has been a combination of things really; we try to make the album artwork attractive and the packaging interesting. We also try to incentivise sales by adding exclusive tracks for different retailers... At the end of the day though its the music that has to carry you and word of mouth really is our biggest tool.

 

With the band gaining popularity and larger audiences is there a temptation to resign to a major label (if the offer arises) &  2) what advice would you give to bands starting out who believe the way forward is to get signed to a label?

In today's climate you have to have the whole package as a band already together before a label will pick you up so my best advice is to go he'll for leather in the direction of independent release, if you attract a great label offer in the process, good for you, if not you've got everything you need to continue without the need to re-think any strategy. In terms of our own situation we actually licence our albums to some territories and have great relationships with our partners whilst retaining our rights. There are still good people in the industry and I'd never rule out finding a home at the right label in the future, for now- the job is best done by us.

 

An interview with Josh Grier  from Tapes ‘n Tapes. Feb 2011


How are you all? Life enjoyably hectic at the moment? 

Yeah, enjoyably hectic would be a good way to describe things.
We're doing well, though. We just kicked off a month and a half long
US tour, so we're excited to be out playing shows. It feels good to
bust out some of our new songs.
 
Your third record and it maintains the quality in song writing and
musicianship as the previous two. From your point of view, was there any different approach taken to the recording process this time around?
 
I think the overall approach we had to making this record was pretty similar to our past records. However, we did spend more time as a band demoing the songs on the new record. In the past, I would typically make a rough demo of a song, then I would bring it into the band and we would sort things out in a live setting. 
 
This time around we focused more energy on demoing the songs before we went into record. I think hearing the demos and working on them allowed the songs to grow more before, we went into record. It also gave us a better idea of how we wanted everything to sound.
 
 

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