Hi, you’ve got a great new album! It’s been three years since the last one – what have you been up to?
We were kind of touring for the last year and a half or so and then yeah we jumped in, we rented our studio and started working on new songs but at the same time we were still playing quite a lot of European festivals. Then we went straight to New York and after that was like about a year down the line and working on the record and going a bit mental! And yeah then we recorded the record and pretty much went straight back into a rehearsal space.
So I see right now you’re touring Europe and then you’ve got some stuff in the UK and then it looks like you’re back off to the US?
Yeah and that kind of brings us to December and then we’ll probably take a bit of a break.
It sounds well deserved! So how do you find the different countries compare in terms of touring- is the audience pretty similar everywhere or are there different vibes?
Um there’s definitely different vibes country to country. I think it has a lot to do with the culture of every country and how they behave in everyday life. Like generally down south in Europe it’s pretty very warm kind of crowds and really happy to be there. Then up in the UK it’s like a little bit…little bit quieter, but it also depends on what day of the week it is. If it’s the weekend people are generally a lot rowdier and up for it. I think it also has to do with like whether people are into like going to gigs that much. Obviously like in London people just are so used to have everything so available that there’s like a little bit more of an “Impress Me” kind of attitude.
Is there any area you’ve not been yet that you’ve got your eye on? Definitely South America – that’s something we’re very keen on going to at some point. We’ve never been as people or as a band so that would be really nice. It’s nice going back to places too to get to discover more than just a snapshot. Canada is lovely, so is Australia and Japan.
We’re looking forwards to seeing you in Scotland soon – how do you find it?
Yeah it’s always been so nice there. I think like it’s such a lovely bunch of people and they tend to be quite quiet. We’ve played Glasgow quite a lot between our own shows and opening for other bands. Our guitar tech lives in Glasgow and we’ve worked with many Scottish people along the way so it’s always really nice to come back.
You’ve got Wilsen as your opening act, how is that going? She’s someone that we’ve known for quite a while now and she’s opened for us in the UK quite a few times already. She makes beautiful music that has such a special, intimate thing about it. Her new album is amazing and it’s such an honour to have her with us.
So going back to the new album – how does the writing process work?
It’s very much Elena doing the lyrics. I personally focus very much on the music. I have conversations about the lyrics because of my role as a producer but it’s very much a thing that is hers. What is interesting for us as musicians was that Elena was being a lot more direct with her lyrics so then it was like how do you support that in a musical way just because before it was always kind of stranded approach. It was more about being evocative with the music, but this time around it was more just about entering into the lyrics and translating directly what she was saying.
Do you have any favourites on the album?
They all have a special place but I think Mothers was one that took a really long time to get to where it is so I have a special bit of my heart for that one.
The video for No Care has a really interesting effect with all of the different shots and lighting. What was the process of making it like?
We just knew we wanted something that was quite fast paced and frenetic but then after that we just kind of let Jamie (the director) do his thing. So much of it has to do with the editing up until the point of getting the first edit we didn’t actually know what it was going to look like. We obviously said sort of what we wanted it to look like but that was kind of a surprise but it turned out great. We were very happy.
What’s the story behind the album art?
The artist is someone from Brighton, Sarah Shaw. My girlfriend introduced me to her art and there were a few paintings I fell in love with but that one stayed my favourite. I kept it to myself for quite a while but eventually I told the guys that I was thinking it could be the artwork.
I hear everything from indie-folk, electronic, even shoegazing being used to describe Daughter’s genre. How would you classify Daughter as a band?
I have a hard time classifying it. I quite like that different words are being turned around, it’s not maybe necessarily just like a typical one being used across the board. But for me the way I try to say it is a huge focus on song and on texture and atmosphere. We make sure there’s a really interesting world you can delve into with each song.
How does Daughter’s complex sound translate to live performances and different venues?
I think venue space has been important particularly with the first record, but the second one I think that it’s a little bit more straightforward in terms of sound so we’re actually playing academies which we used to avoid like the plague. Now it feels like in the state that we are with our sound we may be a bit less dependent on a venue. If anything we want something that’s a little bit tighter due to the faster rhythm stuff that we’re doing.
You’ve been playing a lot of festivals recently – is there a big difference?
Yeah there is and at the very start we were found playing festivals a bit weird but we’ve got our own little space now. We’re careful about what places we play but we really love it. There’s such an element of surprise, a bit less pressure so it’s a lot of fun. And also with the new songs again it’s been really fun.
Daughter hasn’t really done any collaborations before – can you see that happening in the future?
Yeah we’d love to do it but I think we’re just a bit shy. It’s not something where we can necessarily have a natural thing with lots of people getting involved, but it’s definitely something we’d like to do in the future.
Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?
I’ve been a huge admirer of Bjork for a long time. She’s been a really big influence to the way I think and play music but there are so many people! I like quite a lot of electronic music too so maybe someone there.
What advice would you give to people thinking of starting their own band?
It’s such an individual thing that I have a hard time giving advice. I think probably the best advice I could give is to make sure to do what feels right to the individuals that are part of the project. You can’t let yourself get misguided at any point. At the end of the day it’s you that bears the consequences of your actions so you need to be happy and comfortable with what you do.
And finally, what’s coming next for Daughter?
It’s definitely something we need to figure out but I think we need to take a bit of time off first. We’ll start thinking about it and collecting individual ideas, so then we can see which way the wind blows.
Thank you and looking forward to seeing you play Glasgow!