(Photo by Sophie Ruthven)
Who and what are Loch Awe?
Loch Awe is an ex-folk band comprised of myself (Matthew), Jack, Oliver, Brian and Joy.
How did the band come together?
We all met at Edinburgh University. Jack, Joy and I got together in July of 2010 and decided to make some music. Then we asked Oli to play on it and, about six months later, Brian as well.
Where did the name come from?
The real story of where we got the name is incredible dull and involves a Wikipedia search and not much else, so here’s a made-up story instead:
It was a cold, dark night and I was driving home from work (I can’t drive). All of a sudden there was a loud crashing sound – like a kitten being hurled into a gong (indeed that’s one of the percussion sounds we used on our first album) – and a bright light descended from the sky and landed on the bonnet of my car (still can’t drive). Naturally I got out to investigate this strange phenomenon. Sitting on the hood of my car (I don’t own a car) was a small, grey-haired man, in long wizard-esque robes. “Son,” he said to me, “one day you will start a folk band with some friends, and that band shall be called… THE BEATLES.” Excited, I rushed home and Googled this mysterious band name. Turns out it was already taken, so we chose Loch Awe instead.
Who inspires you musically?
I can’t speak for the others, but personally I’m inspired by most of the music I hear, in one way or another. I guess I’m particularly inspired by Buddy Holly, Phil Elverum, Gil Scott-Heron and Townes Van Zandt.
What local bands should we be listening to?
If you don’t yet own Adam Stafford’s record Build A Harbour Immediately then you’re missing out on one of the best records of 2011.
The Beerjacket album that just came out, The White Feather Trail, is excellent, too.
Additionally, go and listen to these bands: Ajimal, Rob St. John, Conquering Animal Sound, Eagleowl and The Scottish Enlightenment.
Obviously there are countless others, but this is what comes to mind right now.
Two of the band play ukulele, which is rather a cute piece of machinery, have you ever serenaded someone in a train station much like the adverts on the tele?
Never. In fact, allow me to state right now that if I ever do that you have permission to beat me senseless. With the ukulele.
You’ve previously created an EP in just two weeks, would you recommend that to other bands?
I think it depends entirely on the band. For us, when we got together, it was all we wanted to do. We weren’t at all interested in playing shows, we just wanted to write and record music. So we did. Had we formed the band without immediately writing and recording ‘Artificial Life…’ I doubt we’d still be going now.
Can we expect a new release from the band soon?
That all depends on your definition of ‘soon’, really. We should be releasing a few tracks quite early next year. Then we’ll try and finish recording the album in order to have it out at some point between May and September. That feels quite soon to me, mainly because I’m not at all ready.
Anyhow, here’s a link to a brand new demo we’ve recorded in preparation for recording: http://soundcloud.com/we-the-plural/i-will-drift-into-10-000
What about some live shows?
Only one live show on the horizon, and that’s one I’m promoting myself. It’s our first ever headline show, and it’s at Sneaky Pete’s on December 1st (which is also my birthday). We’re playing with Reverieme and Adam Stafford, so it’s bound to be a brilliant night.
We should definitely be in Glasgow at some point early next year, at the Chem19 Demo Fund launch gig thingy. No idea where that will be, or when. It’s bound to be fun, though.
You mention maths a lot on your Facebook page, is there a sense of number fetish amongst the band?
I’m a pure mathematics student, Jack studies artificial intelligence, Oliver’s doing electrical engineering and Brian studied geophysics, so most of us have done a hell of a lot of maths over the past few years. Except Joy. She studies English Language. She doesn’t like maths.
If Loch Awe inspired the creation of a tattoo what would that tattoo look like?
I really like the idea of somebody having my lyrics tattoed on them. The idea that they could be that important to somebody is lovely. Of course, this is highly hypothetical. I don’t think anybody would ever have some of the crap I write inked into their skin.
What does the future hold for Loch Awe?
Second album and upcoming shows aside? Well I’ve already started writing for our third release. Absolutely no idea what it’s going to be yet, but with any luck it’ll take less time than the almost-two-years it’s taking to get this record done.