the sunny street ~ pottery and glass
right now i'm away from home and that's the reason why i'm not updating that often... but today i received a message on my myspace profile with the answers for an interview i made with remi from the sunny street. i don't wanna sound egotistic, but this interview was made due to the release of their video form the song pottery and glass, and the video was made by me...
Q: besides the sunny street what else do you guys do? do you have "real jobs"?
A: unfortunately... “real” jobs. delphine and i are working in shops. a vintage clothes shop for delphine and a french wine shop for me. how very original!
Q: how did you got together? there was music before the sunny street? or is this the first music project you're part of...
A: we fell in love first of all, then we started to play together in our other band electrophönvintage (that exists since 1999) before we started tss, three years ago.
we’re thinking about playing with other people for the gigs, but it’ll remain a very intimistic project, a bit secret, our thing.
Q: about the album 'they hurt you everyday': it is , in my opinion, extremely synethesic and succesfull when it comes to create a wide range of images, feelings and atmospheres, going from dark "places" to dreamy ones... what could you say about the creation of the album? how long it took to be recorded... how/where it was recorded... and what did you had in mind while creating it...
A: thank you! we tried our best to keep a coherence in this album but at the same time it was a very busy and disturbing period for us when we recorded it.
we were in a rush, packing things, saying goodbye, preparing the departure to england. it was so inspiring: the moments of despair, melancholy and the bursts of excitement to go and live in the city we always dreamed about.
thye has been written and recorded in less than two months on our computer. it was quite amazing not to think too much, just record everything we had on our mind, like a diary.
Q: influences in music? movies? tv? comic books? history personalities?
A: in music; new order, the cure, sarah records of course... a lot of new wave and just a touch of dance music especially in our new songs.
we watch a lot movies, a lot of tv series as well. recently, brideshead revisited (the tv series) that takes place between the two world wars. beautiful and quite inspiring.
we’re very moved by autobiographic comic books like 'it's a good life', 'if you don't weaken or clyde’s fans by seth for example, this ability to concentrate all the feelings, the substance of everyday life in a line, in a short sentence, in a single gesture. that’s something we’d love to be able to express in a song. we keep trying.
samuel insull indirectly inspired the title of our last single on cloudberry, there’s a former hospital on our bus route named insull memorial. a old building, gothic, threatening and fascinating. samuel insull had to do with electricity, a sort of thomas edison. :))
it sounds a bit arty but architecture, london in particular, is a great great inspiration as well, we love our city so much, in all its beauty and all its sometimes toughness. a tough beauty. :)
Q: new songs coming soon? what are the plans for 2009?
A: we finally found time and money to buy some equipment to record new songs in a more comfortable way.
the big plan would be to release our second album or a single or both if we’re lucky! we chose a catchier orientation this time. nice bass lines. a bit of distortion as well.
it’s almost finish already, the inspiration came back at last! :))
Q: name three songs you'd like to make a cover and why.
A: we’d love to continue covering some eurodance from our youth, like corona’s 'the summer is magic', which is a lovely song.
all her other songs are crap, but we’d quite like to try and cover 'just dance' by lady gaga.
lastly, either 'sighting the sound' or 'never said goodbye' by the bats that i’m completely obsessed with.
Q: if you could give a place and time to hear your songs, what would they be?
A: the only thing i know for sure is that they don’t work too well with the underground at rush hour.
probably walking in a quiet street... or in a club where no one knows each other so they don't have passionated and loud discussions. ;)
someone told me yesterday that he listened to the songs before to go to bed. we call these type of songs “berceuses” in france, it’s a nice idea!
Q: finally, recommend something you've been listening lately...
A: we don’t listen to a lot of new bands in general, we watch the tv and sometimes there’s something we like... but if we had to recommend something that would be artists’ rifles by piano magic, it has been released in 2000 on rocket girl and it’s a fantastic album from start to finish, so coherent, so cold, so sad, so ethereal.
this band became less and less interesting in my opinion but on this album everything sounds right, pure, humble and glorious at the same time.
Q: oh, and i was almost forgetting... say a few words about the song 'pottery and glass'.
A: 'pottery and glass' is probably one of our favourite song of the sunny street, we’re still so moved anytime we listen to it. it is exactly what we wanted to express at the moment we recorded it and ever since we listen to it, it feels so special to us.
if you add this fantastic video you shot for it... a special song for us!