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Talking to me today is Jonny Allen, who plays guitar, bass, and sings with the alternative rock group Happyness. That’s with a ‘y’. In April, they released their second album ‘Write In’ via Moshi Moshi and Bar/None Records. It sees them progress on the foundations set by their debut album and they cite the likes of Roxy Music, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Sonic Youth, Big Star and Pierre Cavalli as influences. Quite an eclectic mix. Remarkably the record cost only £500 to make and was...
And So I Watch You From Afar
Joining us is Niall Kennedy, guitarist from the Belfast based instrumental rock band And So I Watch You From Afar. On October 20th they will be releasing their fifth studio album via the always excellent Sargent House. Titled ‘The Endless Shimmering’, it sees the band strip things back and follow their instincts. My chat with Niall centred mostly around writing and recording their new album and how that differed from their processes in the past. We also touched on their album artwork and a...
Dylan from Cloud Nothings is with me today. We talked writing music, lyrics and working with John Congleton, Steve Albini, and John Goodmanson. We also touched on working with Nathan Williams from Wavves and where Dylan plans to take the Cloud Nothings sound next. Will it be pop or post punk? Things took a bit of a turn though and somehow we ended up talking about childhood, social media, and the benefits of personal music to teenagers. Thanks to Dylan for agreeing to be interviewed, and...
Today I’m talking to Chris Spencer from seminal noise rock outfit Unsane. I’m not gonna lie, we had a great chat. He’s sound. We touched on how record labels influenced Unsane’s sound, what he thinks of MTV, why they love gore so much, the multifaceted symbolism of blood, the inspiration the title of the new album ‘Sterilize’, the influence behind the lyrics for ‘Aberattion’ and ‘The Grind’, the unusual writing process for their new album, overcoming writer’s block, and what keeps him...
Today’s guests on the Creative Process podcast are Italian doom metal power trio Ufomammut. We had a pretty in depth chat about the symbolism of the number 8 which is the title of their new album, their thoughts on fate, why they love synth so much, if they ever considered releasing albums that just consisted of their synth work, how their work as graphic artists influences their music, their DIY attitude, working with Steve Von Till and Neurot Recordings. Before we get started I’d like to...
On the surface, Pennsylvania’s Rosetta are a post metal band. However, over the course of six albums they have incorporated elements of post-hardcore, shoegaze, drone, post-rock, avant-garde and ambient music in their expansive sound. The group have just released their most recent record Utopioid. Delving into areas that are more atmospheric and melodic than the group’s previous work, it also displays the band’s intrinsic need to develop. I spoke to Matt Weed, guitarist and vocalist with...
Over the course of four albums, Boston’s Elder have deftly combined the genres of stoner metal, doom metal, and progressive rock. Drawing on influences from Black Sabbath to King Crimson, the group have slowly carved out their own unique and powerful sound. Thier latest album, ‘Reflections of a Floating World’, was released on June 2nd and sees the group continue to meld adventurous with accessibility. I spoke to Nick DiSalvo, guitarist and vocalist with the group, about how their creative...
A founding member of post hardcore group Million Dead, Frank Turner turned his hand to a more confessional acoustic singer / songwriter style after their demise. Fast forward just over ten years and he has released six albums, played the Olympics, and, with the wit and earnestness of his lyrics, become a bastion of singular songwriting. We spoke to Frank recently about his aim to experiment on his next album, his favourite lyricists, and growing up but not growing old.
After nearly ten years exploring their own brand of dream pop, it is safe to say that New York’s Beach Fossils have become stalwarts of the scene. On June 2nd the group released their 3rd, and most adventurous album, Somersault. We recently spoke to Dustin Payseur, who originally started Beach Fossils as a one man project, about giving up some creative control, doing exactly what he wants, and constant evolution.
There’s no way I could describe Washed Out’s music better than the description on his Facebook page. Washed Out is Ernest Greene, a young guy from Georgia (via South Carolina) who makes bedroom synthpop that sounds blurred and woozily evocative, like someone smeared Vaseline all over an early OMD demo tape, then stayed up all night trying to recreate what they heard. I spoke to Ernest about the irony of creating flawed, human music with computers and why it is important to him to continue...
Buzz Osborne of The Melvins
The Melvins are legends. Since forming in 1983 in Montesano, Washington they have released an astounding 25 studio albums with a 26th, A Walk With Love and Death, due on 7th July. Pioneers in both sludge metal and alternative rock they have influenced everyone from Nirvana to Tool to ISIS (the band) to Mastodon. I recently spoke to Buzz Osborne, vocalist and guitarist with the Melvins, about how his creative process is like wading through crap and just what he thinks of constructive...