How is the tour going? What was it like playing in the Fiddler’s Club in Bristol?
Fiddler’s Club was really good. We tried to play a bunch of shows where we were playing independent venues that aren’t really used as often as they should be and Fiddler’s was one on the list that we wanted to tick off. It went really well. It was a good gig.
Would you consider coming back to the Cavern in Exeter?
Yeah I think so, maybe. I enjoyed that venue as well. That was a good night.
You’re playing quite a few gigs across the pond on your tour (e.g. Rough Trade NYC 9th May). Do you find any difference between the atmosphere at a gig in the US compared with the ones you play in the UK?
I wouldn’t say that there’s a different atmosphere. I think most of our shows just seem to flow in quite the same way no matter what country we’re in really. We as a band don’t treat any country or any stage any differently.
In what ways do you think Ullages is different compared to your debut album Eagulls?
We had a lot more time to think about what we wanted to put out there this time so we wanted to display more texture and more thought. We played the first album over and over again and the more we played it the less we felt it was showing our capabilities so we wanted to push ourselves with this album and see what we could force out of ourselves and come up with to try and progress.
You recorded Ullages in a converted church. Was there any particular reason for that? Acoustics maybe?
Yeah, well the acoustics in the room really helped out because we were able to put different microphones on either side of the large room so we could get natural hall-like reverbs. We know the people who own it and they found this church and just decided to build a studio in it. It does reflect on some of my lyrics about religion – that’s always been something I’ve delved into with lyrics.
Do you have a specific song-writing process?
We are a very collaborative band. I write all the lyrics and then it’s usually Goldy [guitarist Mark Goldsworthy] who will come up with the first riff, then we all sort of sit together with it and bash each others’ heads off the wall till we come up with something good.
“we wanted to push ourselves with this album and see what we could force out of ourselves”
How did your band name come about? Does it have anything to do with The Eagles or A Flock of Seagulls?
It doesn’t have anything to do with those. It’s a long story… but it’s a nonsensical word.
Your new album is influenced by The Cure and The Smiths and you’ve been described as a “Post-punk” band. How would you describe your sound?
I’d say we’re a contemporary rock band. We are influenced by post-punk bands but also anything past post-punk or anything before it. There’s a lot of influence that comes from all over really. There’s even influence influence from hip hop on this album but nobody would ever pick up on that.
In 2014 when you were on The Letterman Show, Bill Murray kissed bassist Tom’s bicep. If you could be kissed by any celebrity, who would it be… and what body part?
Wow… I don’t know if I can answer that. As a safe answer I’d get Prince to kiss me on the lips.
Finally, if you could collaborate with any artist (alive or dead) who would it be?
Alive, it would definitely be Brian Ferry and dead, David Bowie.