Yesterday Wild Palms released their long awaited debut album, Until Spring, which we liked very much (review). The band are currently on tour in support of the albums release, but before they hit the road we caught up with Lou Hill to find out more about the album, their influences and their plans for 2011. Hello, how are you today chaps? Not too bad, thanks for asking. If you could describe yourself in three words to appeal to 405 readers to listen and get to know you - what would you say? Southgate, Chatham, Wakefield. I listened to your album Until Spring and was completely mesmerised by its understated beauty – what have been the influences on it? Unitl Spring with the idea that they were different beasts; our live sound is quite rawkus and intense we've been told so we wanted a record that offered something different. Another factor was that we kept getting lazily labelled as post-punk, something that we definitely have elements of but are definitely not defined by; by the time we came to recording the album we had moved on a long way and we wanted to make an album that people wouldn't expect from us. We recorded the album in the weird, shabby studio that we built ourselves in Manor House so that was a major influence on the record. I think because of the rather run-down, make-shift (it does have its own charm mind) environment, we wanted to create something that sounded like it could of never come from that place, something big and beautiful. I think the limitations and restrictions pushed us further than we would of in a normal studio to try and create something special, we revelled in the challenge. Who are your influences as a band? I know a lot of bands say this but we really do listen to a lot of stuff and it all gets filtered through the individuals in the Wild Palms and changes through that process, but we are definitely all in agreement on a few artists such as Sonic Youth, Radiohead, Burial, TV on the Radio, Sigur Ros. What do you think are the stand out tracks on the album, because it seems such a charming LP to listen to continuously throughout? 'LHC' took on a life of its own, it kind of dictated to us what was needed, it was quite weird actually. I wrote the piano part and lyrics when mucking around on my little sister's keyboard at home and then that's about all we had when we brought it in to the studio: I don't think any of us envisaged it turning out the way it did. But we tried to make a record, a continuous piece of work, rather than a collection of songs, its far too easy to do that on a debut. You seem to have been around for a while yet this seems to be your biggest release to date – has this been a long time in the pipeline? Not really. We've been together just over two years now I think, so in the grand scheme of things that's not too long. We've put a lot of time and effort in to making sure we're the best we can be and getting to a point where we thought we could make a debut we'd be proud of. There's no point rushing anything for the sake of it and making a throwaway debut. I see the record was produced by Gareth Jones – how was it to work with him? Gareth was great. We asked him if he wanted to get involved before we even got a deal actually, he just turned up to meet us one night, was into it so we started doing pre-production. We learnt a lot from him (and the sound engineer James Aparicio was brilliant as well), he was open to all ideas but steadied the boat with a firm hand. There was a great vibe in the studio because he brought his high-end equipment into our studio (we nicknamed it the' pop-up studio') and once again everyone was feeding off the challenge of making a great record in uncomfortable and pretty low-end surroundings. There have been similarities drawn between you and These New Puritans who Jones has worked with, along with Wild Beasts, and The Fall – do you find these flattering? Or would you describe yourself differently? Neither flattering or otherwise. We're our own band. We get so many varied comparisons and references from different but I like the fact that everybody gets different things from it and it is down to having wide and varied influences that we try and incorporate in any way possible whilst retaining our own sound. I really do like that aspect of our music but I’ve spoken to few people after gigs and some of them find it hard to pin us down which I think confuses people a little bit and they find it hard to latch on to. I think the music demands a keen ear and a certain amount of patience to some extent. I think we grow on a lot of people without them realising it. I can understand similarities being drawn between all of the above but i don't think any of them were in our consciousness: like I said its all about filtration anyway. I see you used to be called Ex-Lion Tamers – what brought about a change in name? We used that name very early on to book practices and then all of sudden started playing gigs and people started writing about us and we hadn't even found our feet yet as band. It was all a bit stupid, and straight away we were getting labelled post-punk b y association. That name gave us nowhere to go, it was too restricting for a band who plan to change and evolve. Should we expect a pretty impressive tour to follow in the footsteps of this? We're touring the whole of March, and then hopefully a couple of good support tours would be nice. Whilst speaking of live shows, do you think you’ll play any of the festivals in the summer? Yeah as many as possible, we're hoping to be very busy this year. What’s next in store on the wild rollercoaster for Wild Palms in 2011? Well we've recently became five and so we're writing our second album that we plan on recording late this year. And what would you say has been the best moment for Wild Palms so far? Making Until Spring. The opportunity to make a record is a dream fulfilled.