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Interview: Tied to Machines

Published on February 18th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams

Belfast noisemakers Tied to Machines are writing their first album having garnered rave reviews for their Carla EP of last year – check that one out just below, dear readers – so Rocksucker had a quick natter with their bassist Connor Gribbon to find out what this year holds in store for them…

Who’s Carla?

I don’t think it’s anyone in particular…

Just a nice name?

Yeah! I think we were watching Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy or something.

Is there a full album in the works, and if so will tracks from the EPs feature on it?

At the moment we’re writing for an album, and we don’t think we’re going to put anything we’ve already released on it. We’re of the opinion that people shouldn’t have to buy the same stuff twice. In the past you could release something a few times as it wasn’t really digital media, whereas now you can get everything online so if you’ve released a track already then there’s no point releasing it again. People can still get it if they want it.

Do you think you’ll record the album with Rocky?

Yeah, it’s looking that way – he seems keen to do it and we love working with him. He’s sort of become a friend to us now, so it would be the obvious choice for us at this stage. We’re comfortable working with Rocky.

What else have you got lied up for 2013? Do you know yet if you’ll be playing any festivals?

We have a few in the pipeline. We’re trying to get a tour of mainland Britain in the works, maybe Scandinavia as well or Europe. We have a few shows at home this month I think.

What would you say has been the highlight so far of being in Tied to Machines?

We opened the main stage at Glasgowbury, our local festival in Northern Ireland. There were people like Therapy?, Fighting With Wire and The Japanese Popstars playing so it was really cool.

Are there any other up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?

From North Ireland there’s Event Horses, LaFaro and Abandcalledboy.

Finally if you had to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, with the back catalogues of just five different musical artists for company, whose would you choose?

Nirvana, Fugazi, Refused, The Smiths and Paul Simon.

Connor Gribbon, thank you.

Tied to Machines - Carla

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