We were charmed by their rustic, ale-swigging folk tunes upon hearing their recent release ‘In The Body’ and now they are about to set free their new EP Come Home From The War. We talked to Tom Purcell of QUIET QUIET BAND about music videos, their live show, and what they’ve got planned next.
We enjoyed your recent track ‘In The Body’! Tell us a little about the track.
“In The Body” is a troubled love song from the mind to the body. We wanted a sort of sophisticated yet sleazy groove, similar in tone to one of our older songs “Fingers”, which is about mortality, but more danceable. I’m happy that we achieved that. The recording has this lovely viscous, aquatic quality, which fits nicely with the theme as our bodies are, in a sense, oozy bags of liquid. With bones, of course.
Was making the video a fun experience? Did you have any creative control whilst making it?
It was great to see it come together. I had input during every step of the process but the director, Miguel Maldonado, was very much the auteur. We had the idea that we wanted naked flesh to be used as a kind of canvas for projection and Miguel, with help of course, ran with it and made it happen. I was sceptical that we’d be able to get performers on board with no money, but it turns out that Miguel has this enchanted flute that makes people get naked, quite comfortably. We tried to get him to join the band but sadly he declined, muttering something about power and responsibility. Honestly, though, it was a lot of fun and we are extremely grateful to all who were involved. My only regret is that one stray moustache hair…it wasn’t a stylistic choice.
You are about to release your new EP Come Home From The War. Tell us a little about writing it; was there anything inspiring you?
We put these four songs together from many that were kicking around, mainly because we felt that they represented progress musically from what we did on Low Noon. The songs are very different from each other in terms of tone, influences and spirit, but we felt there was enough tying them together to call them a record. The theme of conflict: personal conflict, interpersonal conflict or international conflict, and dealing with the aftermath of conflict, revealed itself; hence the title. There’s also a naiveté vs maturity battle running through the record both thematically and musically – a sense that being grown-up is really just being an old child. This phenomenon, incidentally, is manifest in the person of Tony Robinson.
We can imagine that your music sounds fab in a live setting! Do you have any shows lined up? What can people expect from them?
It does and we do. You can expect four tall men to strut and crow like anguished roosters, plus another one drumming. November 4th is the official launch date for the EP, when we will be descending upon The Finsbury pub, by Manor House tube. It’s a venue that deserves a lot of credit for its commitment to putting on live music in a part of London that is sadly lacking in decent live venues.
Your music is largely derived from folk but you can hear many influences such as blues and country. What or who has influenced your sound over the years and how?
There is a strong vein of folk and country running through our work for sure, and we feel inspired by writers of big, dark songs – the holy trinity of Cohen, Waits and Cave. I think eclecticism has been a great source of strength for us in terms of inspiration and originality, but also an Achilles heel, as audiences and promoters, quite understandably, tend to prefer bands whose sound is more focused, who are a bit easier to package and identify with. We were recently described as “Death-Folk”, which I think fits us pretty well. We are wayfarers in The Valley of Death-Folk.
How long have you been playing and writing music and what does it mean to you on a personal level?
I have been doing it for longer than I feel comfortable telling you. QQB has been on the go for about six years. Personally, it’s something I need to do. It’s my preferred channel for self-expression and gives colour to existence.
What do you have planned next?
Ohhhhh…such things! We aim to keep the pleasure-channels open and flowing, so expect something lovely relatively soon. We have started recording our next long release and we are literally tearing our own faces off with excitement about it. It will represent a far deeper descent into The Valley of Death-Folk than we have erstwhile dared to tread. We are in consultation with various dark spirits and other non-corporeal entities and together we are drawing up plans for a bold fusion of contemporary popular music and ancient blood-magick. We hope you’re going to like it.
Quiet Quiet Band’s new EP Come Home From The War is available 4th November. They play The Finsbury in London on the same date to celebrate the release.