Published on July 15th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams
Next week sees the release of Glitches’ new single “Only Time Will Tell”, so we stapled some questions to the back of a carrier pigeon* and sent it off in search of ’em…
(* In case anyone from the RSPCA happens to be reading, nothing was stapled to a pigeon in the making of this Showcase feature.)
How would you describe your music, if pushed?
Organic Imperial Grooves.
Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?
We’re currently based in Whitechapel. We live and breathe and essentially do everything there. Quite cabin fever-y. So, songs are written, they are demo-ed and they’re even performed to audiences (at our ‘Halcyon Nights’ parties) there.
Currently, the Sapphire Pro 40 is an excellent interface and we couldn’t really fault it. For finishing a recording of songs, we will make it out to studios in many other parts of London.
Are you signed to a label? If so, how did you come to their attention?
We’re currently signed to Kissability (Jen Long’s label) in the UK & US and Humming Records in Germany and Eastern Europe.
We’ve known Jen as a friend for a while. We were such big fans of what she’s put out and it just so worked that we had the opportunity to release the next single together. We’re delighted to have the next single, “Only Time Will Tell”, committed to a cassette tape!
Humming Records is a fantastic Berlin-based label with brilliant acts. They’ve just signed Josef Salvat and have got Cloud Control. We’re going over there in July and September to party with them. Great guys.
Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like…)
There is at the moment an ever-looming behemoth of an album in the works. None of us have ever done it so it feels like a herculean task to even think about. Quite terrifying.
We really want it to be a complete, self-contained thing of beauty. We have rather large ambitions in terms of its orchestration so logistically it’s going to be a challenge. But hey, it’s something we’re unbelievably excited about doing.
Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?
Well, where do we start? Our sell-out ATP show at the Sebright Arms in February, sell-out show with Mean Fiddler at Birthdays in April? Our ‘Halcyon Nights’ house parties are always such great fun. We’ve got NZCA/Lines at the next one in July.
Our Great Escape show in Brighton was unbelievable. We played in the centre of town outside on such a beautiful day. We met We Were Evergreen who played our house the other day. Great guys.
Best moment overall? Not really a moment, but we think just the general feeling that we might be on to something when pursuing such an uncertain path is the one.
Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)
July 17th is a special show at The St. Pancras Old Church is the big one. It’s with an orchestral ensemble. Then our next ‘Halcyon Nights’ with NZCA/Lines and We Were Evergreen (DJ).
We’re playing Wilderness Festival in August. We’re also going to Reeperbahn Festival in September (in Germany), followed by a short tour. Really exciting for us. Aaaaand then we’re going to New York in October (but that’s a secret).
Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?
Exmoor Emperor. They’re not obscure, or if they are, they shouldn’t be. Maxixe. Rhosyn.
Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?
Radiohead, The Knife, The Smiths, Pixies, Hawkwind.
Glitches, thank you.
“Only Time Will Tell” will be released on July 22nd by Kissability.