Tuesday, 10 July 2012

We're Only Here For The Banter - Aperture

Dropping in this week for a chat are Edinburgh post-punk four piece Aperture.  The band have been playing gigs steadily across the country, and released their debut single 'Good To Know You' back in February.  Check out what the guys had to say.

It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music 
and your influences?

Our music is female-fronted post punk/alternative rock.  Our influences are Led Zeppelin, Joy Division, The Cure, Black Sabbath, PJ Harvey, Maggie Reilly, Patti Smith, Bloc Party.  We often get compared to Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Siouxsie And The Banshees due to our driving beats and strong female lead vocals!

What's your song writing process like?

We write the songs together as a band.  At practise a band member will bring an idea such as a melody or a hook and everyone builds around it.  It's usually a very organic process.  Lachlan McIntosh our drummer makes it work as he brings it all together and has a great rhythm and musical ear.  Lisa writes the lyrics while listening to the atmosphere of the music.  Some of the lyrics come from dreams, conversations or memories.  All band members contribute greatly to the song writing process.  We often email each other ideas and build on them at practise!  Practise is where it all comes to life, when our chemistry as a band comes together!

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Our live shows are high energy and expect a lot of dancing!  Aperture have a great loyal support who we love to see at our live shows.  Expect lots of drum solos and whistles when the rhythm section kicks in!  Ian Curtis style dancing is also an influence!

If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest

Our greatest achievement to date was probably our sold out show at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, the whole band and our fans really enjoyed the night.  We also met some really great people and similar style bands!  It was also great to see Lisa's gran at the show as she is 81 years old and still going to rock gigs!

What have you got planned for the second half of 2012?

For the second half of 2012 we would like to write new material, record a video and build some festivals and headline slots to increase our presence around Scotland.

At Scottish Fiction we focus on new Scottish music, how do you as a band view the
Scottish music 'community'?

There are some great people doing great things keeping live Scottish music alive in a digital age.  Everywhere we go we are amazed at the people who keep great bands going!  A band is nothing without great support and great infrastructure.  The Scottish audiences are really great and it's great when people actually take the time to come up to a band member and say that they enjoyed the music.  As with everywhere in the UK live music is flourishing, the variety and quality has never been so high and so good but unfortunately the development of talent is not always there.  Also it would be great if local people would get behind their local bands!

What other Scottish artists would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

We have been impressed by many bands that we have played with such as Vukovi, Bwani Junction and United Fruit.  Other Scottish bands we like are Aberfeldy, Garbage, Orange Juice and Talking Heads.

Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?

How do you tell when your lead singer is at the door?

He can't find the key and doesn't know when to come in.

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1 comment:

  1. Claire Whitmore11 July 2012 at 12:50

    Excellent band, excellent interview!