Wednesday, 7 November 2012

We're Only Here For The Banter - St Deluxe

Glasgow four piece St Deluxe return following their 2009 self titled debut album, which garnered high praise amongst peers and critics alike.  The fuzzzy rockers release their new album 'Born Into Flame' on 3rd December, and have a single of the same name out now.  We caught up with Martin from the band for some Scottish Fiction style chat.

Hello, how are you?

Mighty fine!

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

We take a wide range of influences from the usual indie rock bands like Sonic Youth and Nirvana, but we've been delving into the more obscure corners of our record collection recently, some psych, drone rock and shoegaze stuff.  I would also say that our influences have been more than musical lately, anything from zombie B movies to personal experiences have also came to the fore with the writing of our second album.

What's your song writing process like?

One of us will have a idea, whether it's a chord progression, riff, melody, drum part and bring it to the rehearsal room and then we just chuck it about and play around with the structure and things until we've finally bend it into a song.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Noise, Jamie's hair thrashing about, happy accidents, and hopefully a wee bit of losing yourself for a brief moment.

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

For me personally I reckon it would be playing a few shows with Stephen Lawrie from the Telescopes as the Telescopes.  He's a total gent and I was a huge Telescopes fan and to end up playing those songs not only as the support band but as the actual band was just something else.  As a band I suppose getting to SXSW was a pretty big achievement.  The last of the three shows we played out there was on the bill for the tribute show for Alex Chilton who was supposed to play but died very suddenly.  It was a huge privileged to be involved that night, it was one very special and emotional gig.

What have you got planned for the rest of 2012 and into the new year?

Well we've just released two free download singles available through our Bandcamp site which will feature on our second album which is due for release on the 3rd of December.  We'll be doing a London and Glasgow launch for the album which is called 'Born Into Flame'.  The Glasgow show is at Nice and Sleazy on the 7th of December and we've got Static Future playing with us at that and most likely one more band.  After that we've got a few things in the pipeline gig wise and we'll be starting the recording of our third album later tonight at Riverside Studios in Busby.

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

In terms of Glasgow there's so many great bands coming out all the time it's really difficult to keep up but I do keep my ear close for new stuff happening.  We kinda seem to just get on with our own thing, I've never really felt as part of a scene as such.  We've tended to work with people Like Stephen Lawrie, Calvin Johnson and Sonic Boom who we really admired and wanted to work with to see how they do things and see that first hand.

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

I'm a big PAWS fan but I guess you already know about them, Static Future are a great band who recorded a great EP not so long ago.  I picked up on a band called Ursual Minor by chance on Facebook the other day and they really blew me away too!

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

I'm really crap at jokes so I won't bother you with possibly the lamest joke you'd ever have to publish.

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