Wednesday, 20 March 2013

We're Only Here For The Banter - The Darien Venture

Some ventures prove to be folly.  Like the decision to try 'colonise' a swamp land by some foolhardy Scots in the late 1690's.  However to NOT venture into the music of The Darien Venture would as daft a decision as that of the exploration scheme from which the band draw their name.  Signed onto the very good Overlook Records label, the band have a brand new EP out now!  Read about it, and other things below!

Hello, how are you?

Very well thanks, you?

Can't complain!  It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?

Sure, we all contribute to the song writing so everyone brings their own influences.  We all love Mimas, Tool, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Jackson 5 after that we all listen to different things that sometimes overlap.

What's your song writing process like?

When we're writing the most important things are finding the right rhythms, making sure all the individual parts compliment each other and finding the strongest melodies and harmonies.  Each song is put together differently, sometimes we write each others parts others come from jamming.  There's a lot of arguing involved!  We get have short attention spans so what we're playing only sticks if we don't get bored.  I write most of the lyrics walking with an instrumental version of the song on repeat.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

The worst between song banter ever uttered mainly by Liam and an energetic performance.  We get a little sing-a-long at some of our shows now and it's the best feeling having people shout your words back at you.  Live performance is everyone's favourite part of being in the band, we're happy to play to the sound guy.  Plus Jonny is one of the best drummers around just now, worth the ticket price to see him alone!

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

I think our new record 'A Kite, A Key And A Storm' is the best thing we've done together.  There's been a lot of fun shows, we've met some great people and discovered some of our favourite bands playing in different parts of the country.

What have you got planned for 2013?

We've had a lot of set backs in trying to get the EP finished and released so a lot of our plans have been postponed but we want to play as many shows as possible this year and get to places we've not been before.  We've started writing a lot of new songs so it'd be good to get them finished and eventually recorded.

If you could set out on your very own venture, where would you go and what would be your mode of transport?

I'd like to take a venture in a Delorean and we each take it in turns to hang of the back getting pulled along on a hoverboard.  We'd go anywhere happily if there was a gig at the end of the journey.

What other artists (Scottish or not) would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

Lightguides, Crusades, Vasa, Bellow Below, Trapped In Kansas, Sucioperro, Mimas, Tubelord, Press To Meco, Maps And Atlases and The Jackson 5

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

My friend Mobbs told me this stinker this morning.

Turns out Kevin Bacon and his wife are related.  That makes them a bacon sandwich because they're inbred.


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