Sarah literally travels the world. Lately she has been to Syria, Sarajevo, Istanbul, Budapest and hitchhiked from Kiew to Kenia. Now she has just come from New York to stay a week with us. Her passport is a book of one hundred pages and her bible is a novel full of flowers, postcards and beautiful garbage. She travels alone or with her sister and always takes her boyfriend that came with the wallet. She never takes pictures, but she has (…)
Talking about sausages with Eli from Soul Clap.
How hot do you like your sausages?
As hot as possible, I like my taste buds on fire. If it gets too hot a little mustard can cool it right down.
What do you cook to impress ?
The center piece of a good BBQ is always ribs. Nicely marinated steaks are cool, but juicy, fall off the bone ribs always make mouths happy!
Is there any relation between swapping the sausages on the grill and putting records on the turntables?
Well you need to know the right time to flip sausage or switch the record, but making marinades is way more like mixing. You gotta know just the right amount of each spice to throw in there.
What records need to be played with good sausages on a sunday afternoon?
Tonight at 8 pm Animal Kingdom will play an Acoustic Set in the Lobby for us before heading on tour to America on Friday. We had a coffee with Geoff Lea, their Drummer.
What do all drummers have in common?
I guess most drummers are pretty chilled out and enjoy hitting things. They like being in the back making lots of noise.
What made you want to become a drummer?
I don’t know, I think I just started hitting things when I was about five, my parents made me get some drum lessons so I could kind of do it properly. We lived in an old pub which had a beer cellar, so my parents let me take my drum kit down there so as not to make any noise that could be heard from the living room. I just shut myself down in the cellar and bashed away at things. My parents always encouraged me, they never said ‘turn that record off ’ or whatever, they were even taking me to gigs when I was a teenager. Hamish and I were in a band before we started to drive .
So You and Hamish have known each other for a long time?
Yes, we’ve known each other since we were twelve and around the age of thirteen we were in a band together, my parents would cart us around in their cars to rehearsals and and our own gigs.
Do you write your songs together?
It mostly works like this: Rich kind of comes in with an idea and lyrics in it and the rest of it is sort of pieced together with the three of us kind of working on all the other parts really. It seems to work like that, it’s a nice way of working, we all get to bring our own input aswell as our own influences.
You are going on tour on Friday to America for five weeks. Do you guys like being on tour? I’d imagine you’d come to know each other very well ?
We spend so much time together as a band, even when we are not on tour we are in the rehearsal studio or the recording studio, just the three of us spending every day together doing music related things. So when we are on tour it feels like a bit of a roadtrip holiday. I guess we just fall into these sort of roles. I do allot of the driving, Hamish is pretty good at organizing and then Rich does the formal side of stuff and then it will suddenly change when we have a night out and I can’t drive and Hamish has to drive and everyone is swapping.
Shara Worden stayed with us for eight days trying to write one song every day for her new album.
What do you need to write a song?
Silence. Knowing that I am not going to disturb anyone, that I can make as much noise as I want to make without it bothering anyone and also without being observed. if you know that people can even hear you through the walls that’s sometimes enough to make you afraid. Or you feel like it has to be a performance. For me, I don’t want to have any observation, even perceived observation. Because when you are writing you have to go to a place of nonjudgement in a way, in order to experiment and have something new happen that isn’t controlled or isn’t premeditated, so you are going to a different part of your brain. So for me to be alone in the basement …is actually good !
What aspects of music interests you at the moment? What will the new album be about?
Its primarily music for outdoor spaces. A lot of the stuff that I have done before has been music for the inside. And now I am trying to think about being outside. Last night we went to the Fete de la music Festival visiting the Coconut bus at Schlesisches Tor, and there was a dj playing and all these people were gathered around dancing outside. It was so wonderful. And I was telling Nadine how we don’t have that kind of thing in the States. The cities were not built for there to be public spaces like that. Even in New York you might have some parks, but even New York doesn’t really have these open cobble stone squares where people would just set up a dj booth followed by a crowd of random people dancing outside. So for me its like being at the zoo. Its so incredible to watch people do something that’s actually really normal for human beings: to gather around and dance. In the United States this is actually really foreign. In New York you drive your car and go to a night club, – its not just like in the air. American cities were not built with shared spaces in mind. Especially in the 50’s, when they went into the suburbs. The suburbs were meant for this ideal life of driving your car into your garage and not really speaking to your neighbour.
So if you say ‘music for the outside’, do you mean more ‘easy’ music and ‘pop’ based?
I think so. I guess I am thinking a lot about just a very primal aspect of music at the moment, as being something that everybody can participate in and as something that we can all share together. So facilitating, like I hope what it is, the gathering of the people in to some kind of corporate dancing, some rituals.….. so we will see!