S: Yes. A fender Stratocaster electric. I’d always played acoustic guitar before, but decided to add an electric this time.
Q: Is this your first time in New York?
S: No, we played CMJ Festival in 2010.
Q: George, I understand that you are a fan of heavy metal music. Which bands in particular?
G: All the classic ones. Metallica, Slayer, Machinehead – even Slipknot for a while. When you are an angry teenager, this music is great to vent your frustrations with.
Q: How did the band transform from what was essentially a solo project of Sarah’s to the full group of today?
S: I started writing songs about four or five years ago. When I got a few gigs, I didn’t really want to do them on my own, so I asked my brother Hamish if he could play bass with me. I then went to University and met George. From then as a three piece we jelled pretty well and became a band. Everyone brings something different to the table. A new element that makes its more interesting.
Q: Sarah, talk about your tendency to sometimes do a walkabout out into the audience during your live performances.
S: If the stage is low enough, I’ll step off in the audience and have a little dance. It’s fun. It’s cool because people don’t expect it.
Q: BBC Radio’s Huw Stephens has been noted as an early supporter of your music.
S: The first song I wrote for The Good Natured, when I just started – I was determined to get it heard so I literally sent it to everywhere. I sent it to Radio 1 and he played it. I thought that was amazing and I felt that I wanted to really keep doing this. It definitely inspired me to keep going. It’s nice when people recognize what you are doing.
Q: There’s talk that you started out playing on your grandmother’s old keyboard. Do you still have it?
S: Yes. Some of the keys are broken now that it’s a bit old, but I love it - it’s amazing. She was going to throw it out, but I took it home instead and started writing on it.
Q: Do you come from a musical family? S: Our parents don’t actually play music, but they listened to a lot of music. Q: Like what, for instance?
S: Stuff from the 80’s like Blondie and Tears For Fears, Siouxsie & The Banshees – which definitely inspired us.
Q: I’ve heard you’ve been inspired by the lyrics of David Sylvian with his original band – Japan.
S: Yes, I think the album “Tin Drum” by Japan is really great.
Q: What is the songwriting process like for you? Especially when working with producer. Do they help you fashion how the song will ultimately sound?
S: Yes, definitely. With Patrick – he’s been a real big inspiration and has helped my ideas come to life. You definitely have to get on with the producer you’re working with and have a really good with them. I think production is really important to the songs.
Q: How did you write “Wolves?”
S: On an acoustic guitar. It started out quite driving. As we went along we’d add different bits – we’d add a drum beat and other sounds and just build it.
Q: Video Voyeur has benefitted from a number of interesting remixes, some quite techo/dance oriented.
S: It’s always really nice for us to hear how people interpret it and make their own thing of it. Every remix is so different and that’s really inspiring.
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The pleasure was all mine!
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