After another one of my Google map fails and ending up in a tower block in Hoxton surrounded by perverts, I finally found ‘Shoreditch House’; a rather fancy members club where I felt quite out of place in my XX T shirts which was free from Leeds Festival 2009, my Topshop sale brogues and my second hand shorts which cost just £6. Upon arrival, I made my way up to the roof top terrace and join Mr Fyfe Dangerfield of Guillemots on a sun lounger by the pool for a chat about the new album (which is to be released on the 18th April) whilst surrounded by rich people sipping Martinis. This is definitely an interview which sits alongside my shower interview and my lift interview in the terms of interviews in bizarre locations... How are you feeling about the album release? I’m mainly pretty excited as I mean, it’s always a bit nerve racking as you don’t know what people are going to think of it. We’re very proud of this record so I think that that’s the most important thing. Would you say it’s very different to both albums? Yeah, I think it’s different to both. It’s probably got a little bit more in common with the first album but it still has a few things in common with the second one. I don’t tend to think of albums in terms of what has come before; I try and pretend that every record I make is my first record. How do you feel about the last album, Red? Is there a reason that you don’t tend to play it live very much? We’ve been playing one or two of the songs live but at the moment we’re very much focussing on generally playing the new songs and then adding a few old ones in. The Guillemots ‘classics’? Well, yeah, I wouldn’t say we really have classics yet but yeah, I know what you mean. These songs are mainly from the first album as, with the last album there are a few songs that I’m still not entirely happy with; I like the way that everything sounded on the last record as that was what we were so focussed on but yeah, ‘Kriss Kross’, ‘Don’t Look Down’ and ‘Standing on the Last Star’ are still songs which I really love and I’m sure we will play more of them; we haven’t had that many gigs yet this year. How come you decided to do a ‘secret show’ tour? We just thought that it was an interesting idea really. You’ve already announced a few festivals; will there be any more festival announcements? Yeah, I’m sure that we’ll be playing more festivals; we’re still just waiting on confirmations really. What’s your favourite song on the new album? It’s hard to say because it changes but at the moment, I think that it’s ‘Vermillion’ but I also like ‘Sometimes I Remember Wrong’ because the first two minutes of it is instrumental and I like that; I find it really satisfying because I love singing but I like playing songs without vocals too. Anymore solo plans or are you fully focussed on Guillemots now? I’d definitely do a solo record again because it’s all just music and I love playing music and keeping busy; it doesn’t mean that things aren’t going well with the band or anything but at the moment I’m definitely focussing on Guillemots.
Are you working on the next Guillemots album though first? Yeah, I think we’re quite keen to do another album not long after we’ve released this one. Your influences don’t seem very obvious; do you try and avoid listening to music whilst recording an album? We don’t go as far as not listening to music; we listen to this and that. You’re influences are everything and not just music; I could be influenced just as much sitting up here in the sun by the pool as I could a record. You never quite know what’s going to come out in the wash. Also, if you’re influences are too obvious then you’re not very original really. What is your favourite album of the year so far? I saw on twitter that you’re a fan of the Lykke Li album. It could well be that album. I definitely think that that’s a great album. I love her but I also love the production by Bjorn of Peter, Bjorn and John; he’s a wonderful producer. Do you think that social network platforms such as twitter are useful in helping a band’s success? Erm, yeah, probably. It depends on what kind of band you are really. I like to believe that if something’s good enough, it will eventually be heard, although, not always at the time; sometimes it finds a way through years later. Social networking definitely can help. Personally, I can’t stand it on twitter when bands just retweet praise of themselves; I’m not really into the whole self-promotion. I know that you’re probably supposed to do those things to ‘spread the word’ but I’m not really into that. Do you think that your solo stuff helped you gather a wider audience for Guillemots? We’ve always had an audience with a pretty wide age range; we’ve never been an ‘NME band’ or ‘hip and young.’ A lot of those bands tie in with a youth movement which then dies. I quite like having that diversity. My album was definitely had a more straighter edge and I guess the simplicity of it was the challenge as it was me trying something new for the first time but my head is definitely back in ‘Guillemots world’ again now. Do you enjoy having your fellow band members on stage more than being on your own? I quite like being by myself sometimes and having the freedom to do exactly what I want but I do absolutely love playing with the Guillemots; we just connect really well.
Walk The River is released on Monday 18th April through Geffen