Meursault – Interview

Vor ein paar Tagen wurde in Deutschland das Meursault-Debüt „Pissing On Bonfires, Kissing With Tongues“ veröffentlicht, nachdem Album Nummer 2, „All Creatures Will Make Merry“ hierzulande bereits seit Mai zu haben ist. Mit zwei Alben auf dem deutschen Markt war es für uns einmal Zeit die Band zu unserem kleinen Frage- und Antwort-Spiel zu laden. Hier geht’s los:

Your album „Pissing On Bonfires, Kissing With Tongues“ has been rereleased a few days ago. Were you excited?

Well, the album which is being released is actually our first record which was recorded three years ago, so it feels quite good to revisit those songs and to rethink our approach to playing them live.

Have you read some reviews? What were the first reactions to the album?

I think the reviews have been fairly positive, I’ve been abstaining from reading reviews recently though… I reckon reading your own press is probably a bad habit to get into.

The album sounds more electronic than your follow-up. Did you have another approach to the songwriting on “All Creatures Will Make Merry”?

The two albums were approached in very separate ways I suppose. The first (Pissing on Bonfires/Kissing with Tongues) was stitched together with recordings which had been made over the course of two years. People’s tastes can vary a lot in that amount of time and I think that can be heard as the album progresses. With the second record (All Creatures Will Make Merry) I was writing specifically for an album whereas before, I had simply been writing.

Both your albums were released by Song By Toad, Records. How did you get together?

Matthew (Song by Toad) came to see us play live a few times and mentioned that he was setting up a label. He seemed like a good person and we had plenty in common (in terms of music and our DIY mindset) so we asked him if he’d be interested in releasing our albums… he said yes…the fool.

A lot of critics compare you to Frightened Rabbit, Bon Iver as well as Sufjan Stevens and many more. What do you think of such comparisons?

I can live with that! I like all these bands so it doesn’t bother me in the slightest, regardless of whether or not I think we sound like any of them… so long as we don’t get compared to something terrible then I’m fine!

Why do you think people feel the urge to label music?

I don’t think general music fans really do feel the need to label things though. I think it’s probably more important for journalists who are trying to convey something they’ve heard into words. But generally, I don’t put to much importance on labels.

You will be touring Germany for the second time soon. What are your expectations and what can your fans expect?

The live show can vary quite dramatically from what’s on record. Instrumentation is often revised and arrangements altered. I like there to be a very defined difference between what we sound like live and on record. I feel this approach gives more to the audience as well.

Scotland seems to have a very vivid music scene at the moment. Which Scottish band would you recommend?

My favourite Scottish band at the moment would be The Leg. They sound like nothing I have ever heard. Everyone should know this band!

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