Newcastle/Manchester duo Warm Digits have just released their new album, ‘Wireless World’, so Shannon Crammond caught up with the duo to talk about their latest release and their upcoming gigs.
Firstly, congratulations on your new album. What can we expect after the release? Will there be a tour?
Thanks! We’re gigging through the summer and autumn as we’re hoping to give lots of people the chance to hear these new songs loud!
Do you think this album differs from your past releases? And if so, how?
Our early releases were all based on improvisations and basically, since then, we’ve worked hard at editing ourselves; so this set is much crisper and tight than our previous releases but hopefully maintains the free-wheeling and playful feel of our work so far. The other big change is that we’ve worked with guest vocalists on four songs, where up till now all our music has been instrumental. The great thing about this for us is that it brings out dimensions of the songs that are quite new and different.
You have a number of festival slots lined up, so can fans expect to hear the new material to be played?
Yes. We’re planning on playing as much of the new record as possible. It’s exciting and we’ve had fun thinking creatively about how to do the vocal tracks live – sometimes we’ll have guest vocalists but we’ve also used our live video projections to bring the vocals to life on those songs at our other shows too.
What’s your favourite song from the album and why?
‘Fracking Blackpool’ is the centrepiece, really. As the ideas for this album were starting to form, there were reports of earthquakes in Blackpool due to exploratory fracking (near to Andrews’s home town). We started to hear the hydraulics and explosions of fracking – and the seismic activity that follows – in the distorted electronic depths of the song we were working on at the time, and here it is.
What were your main influences behind the album?
The sound has evolved with elements of lots of bands over time really – some favourites are Neu!, Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, My Bloody Valentine and Boards Of Canada. And probably on this album there is more prominence to funk and cosmic disco influences – particularly through the new-wave funk-influenced acts like Liquid Liquid.
Is there any theme within the album? If so, why that theme?
‘Wireless World’ is loosely themed around a present-day that teeters between progress and collapse. Our experience of the world and our states of mind are shaped and thrilled by unimaginably exciting leaps in technology, and yet that world will only last for a few moments as we fail to find a way to act collectively on rising temperatures, the failures of democracy and the unstoppable hunger for exploitation of the ground under our feet. This record is our attempt to make music from our experience of this present that teeters between celebration and devastation.
To those who are yet to hear your music, how would you describe your style?
Well, our label is “krautophonic blizzard-wave” – essentially, it’s electronic music played loud with playfulness and energy, full of noise and repetition but also melody, joy and rhythm. A common reaction to our live shows is amazement that two people can make so much noise.
What would you like to see happen in the future? Would you like to play alongside any particular band, for example?
Hopefully this record will reach a few people who haven’t heard us before. The fact that people seem to enjoy us, particularly live, just gives us enough fuel in the tank to keep playing and working on the next record.
Their album launch show is set to take place on Friday 1st September. Tickets, priced at £11.00, are available from thecluny.com.