South London’s Goat Girl heads to The Cluny in Newcastle this month so Nathan Douthwaite caught up with politicized outfit to find out what gig-goers can expect.
You’ve played Newcastle before, but are you excited to return to the famous northern city?
Unfortunately, last time we didn’t have loads of time to wander about and check out the delights of the city but hopefully we’ll get the chance this time around.
What’ll be different for your North East fans this time you play?
This time we will have two live additions as we now have a keyboard/synth player and a violinist because wanted to try and replicate the full sound of the album.
Has your live sound evolved over the last few years? And are any new factors influencing your live performance?
Definitely. Other than the above upcoming changes to our live performance, we’ve become a lot tighter and more confident on stage than when we first started out. We still don’t jump about and do kicks in the air but we’ve found our own little ways. Dan Carey’s definitely inspired us to add the violinist and synth player; he recorded and produced the album on which he experimented live with all of these electronic gadgets, synths and drum machines.
There’s been a lot of hype around you over the last two years (rightly so), but do you feel that there’s a pressure to live up to the ‘buzz’?
I don’t feel a pressure to live up to the ‘buzz’. The only problem I have with the word ‘buzz’ is it paints something of strength that’s fleeting and will fizzle out. I hope we keep that strength but continue with longevity – I don’t think it should fizzle. I like to think we write good songs that will stand the test of time rather than something that’s faddish.
Your debut album drops this year…is it something you’ve been sitting on for a while? Or has the album formed from recent experiences?
Some of the songs on the album Lottie wrote when she was as young as 15, but some of them, like ‘Cracker Drool’, are more recent. The interludes which divide the natural recording breaks on the album were improvised on the day over Rosy’s pre-written piano parts.
What inspired the album’s artwork?
The album’s artwork was painted by our friend, Miguel, who created the painting before we decided to use it for the album. We love his style and it just fitted so well but I guess you’d have to ask him what inspired him.
The album is coming out through Rough Trade…are there any artists signed to Rough Trade that you’ve met and got on with well?
We’ve been on a short tour with Parquet Courts before and Girl Band and we love both bands. I particularly loved Girl Band’s music; it’s got the energy of a rock band but it’s dancey and electronic sounding – genius! They’re lovely people too which is lucky because we are going on tour with Parquet Courts very soon in the states.
Going back to the Newcastle gig, are you planning on doing anything in particular whilst you’re in the North East?
We’re usually quite busy when we’re on tour with not a lot of time to go sightseeing and exploring because we’re in the van all day but if you have some recommendations that would be great!
If you’re feeling artsy I’d definitely suggest heading to BALTIC or Sage. And finally, is there anything you want to say to fans coming to this show?
Thanks for coming and enjoy. We’re looking forward to meeting you.
Goat Girl plays The Cluny, Newcastle on Monday 9th April. Tickets, priced at £8.00 in advance, are available from thecluny.com.