an interview bit (from 2011) … sums it up pretty well, or ?!
“Q: Many bands write up tour blogs when they’re on the road for while and keep in touch with followers and fans via social networks online; it really helps keep followers and fans updated in a pseudo-personal way. Seeing you have quite the cult following, how have you adapted to the evolution of social networking helped you keep in touch with the world at large?
A: I like a bit of mystery. I’ve never been interested in meeting my heroes or knowing what they eat for breakfast. It’s very easy these days to have everything delivered to your lap from your laptop.
We do post information and “sell” ourselves over the internet, we have our web site. We have a forum we occasionally take part in. But if we were to spend our time keeping people aware of the mundane ins and outs of our lives, we’d never have the time to live those lives… or make music. I would rather see the world than keep in touch with it.”
a good, lengthy interview from the past with Stuart & Dickon -> 1999 (SP album tour)
you can watch/hear the whole interview on the Toazted magazin channel
interview part 1
interview part 2
a video-interview for http://www.FaceCulture.com
from the video descriptions:
Video interview with singer, guitarist Stuart Staples of the British pop band Tindersticks. FaceCulture spoke to him about the new album The Something Rain, Asphalt Ribbons, achieving ideas, transition, losing the spark within a band, taking a break, doubts about musical desire, continuing the band, first album after the break, group effort, influences on the making of a record, personal touch, self recording, selecting the songs for the record, Chocolate, My Sister, leaving Nottingham, moving to London, Medicine, writing and not writing on an acoustic guitar. Goodbye Joe, inspiration, learning from mistakes, song factory, the album title.
“musicOMH: You played Tindersticks II at the Barbican in 2006. Would you consider playing more full album shows in the future? The renewed appreciation of looking at albums as complete pieces of work seems well suited to your music. I think Tindersticks are definitely an ‘albums’ band.
DB: I would like to. The film shows helped to see different ways of presenting ourselves. I wouldn’t like to go on tour playing an old album. But a special show or shows could be nice.
musicOMH: Do you think there will be any more Stuart Staples solo records in the future?
DB: I think there will be. Tindersticks usually work in cycles of three albums. This is the third again. Possibilities are endless. ”
… so everything is possible for future tours & albums !
The latest Quietus article features a great interview with Stuart & David – esp. the comments on their old official videos & albums in retrospect are worth exploring.
“… DB: The first album was a really fresh, wonderful time. We’d spent then years growing up, being in bands, trying to be successful. When we gave up trying, everything seemed to happen. And I remember us wanting to introduce the band to public through the ‘City Sickness’ video – not making a traditional video trying to impress people at MTV, but having little story, and a natural feel to it.
SS: The song is still very special to me. I wrote it in St Ives – I’d taken a train there to escape London, to try and sort my head out – and I’ve been back there since, gone back to that spot, and could remember that exact moment. It was something felt at that time, and needed to say. And that relationship with Martin [Wallace, their video director] is still so strong. That visual sense has always been so important to us. And this video, with David ending up being right at centre of it….I was a bystander, with Syd in that video as a baby [Stuart’s eldest daughter, now 20]. There were some hairy moments with David pushing her through Soho late at night, getting severe looks from people! But whenever I think of this song now…we’d just made first album, we were on a real high. Full of pure joy.”
Mainly this interview is on his Voice and the development of his Voice over the last decades.
“200%: Has your voice changed over the years; if yes how has it changed?
SS: It’s definitely changed and I think that’s a real kind of journey. Our third album had a kind of self awareness that I don’t think was part of the first two albums. They are kind of pure in that way. I never sung things more than once or twice, but that was because I was more excited getting behind the mixing desk to mess around with the songs. The singing then was somewhat less important than the sense of atmosphere on these records. The actual soundscape of the record was a driving force for me. It fascinated me that something you’ve written becomes a finished piece of music. It’s another world into which you step. With the album ‘Simple Pleasure’ I felt a need to concentrate on my singing and I distinctly felt that I was hitting a glass feeling. I couldn’t do what I wanted to, but I could see beyond this kind of barrier. It was a gradual process to record solo records and the second solo album ‘Leaving Songs’ was focused on producing a singer-songwriter album. It concentrated very much on my voice and words. Now, though, I think all of these things are irrelevant. Now I can feel something and I can open my mouth and I don’t worry about anything. I am close to thinking ‘It is what it is’ and I accept that. Being relaxed with something just helps me so much more.
200%: Is there any new material forthcoming either with Tindersticks or a solo album?
SS: We are currently touring England and are in the final process of mixing our new album, which will be released at the beginning of next year.”
according to this interesting interview in the Daily Post:
“Over summer Stuart, with David Boulter and Neil Fraser (co-founders of Tindersticks) plus additions Dan McKinna and Earl Harvin, will be working on a new album at Stuart’s French home studio, but it’s unlikely to be released before autumn.”
Check out here this month’s edition of ‘You and the Night and the Music’ with Adrian Arratoon (also known as “aad” on the official phorum) on Different Class Radio. This episode includes at the end a long & detailed interview with tindersticks guitarist Neil Fraser.
Some interesting points about the forthcoming “film scores” live shows:
- “we are working on a new album”
- “it’s gonna be … like an hour and 20 minutes long … there are scenes of films we’ve done soundtracks for … not in a chronological order”
- “The films will be projected behind us … on a stage with the movie screen behind us”
- Who’s gonna playing live?: “Me, Stuart, Dave the original three … then Dan Mckinna, Earl Harvin … the sort-of core Five … and there’s Terry Edwards … and Andy Nice … and a violin player, called Howard.”
Neil also talks detailed about touring & playing live in the past and now. Also about the mysterious box of matches called “tender stick” which became tindersticks as band-name in the end. About the Barbican gig in 2006 and the end of the original line-up. And in the end about football, his family, musical background, music industry, Vinyl releases and other interesting things like him studying chemistry at university.
UPDATE: the setlist from Istanbul (11-04-2011)
1 Ma Soeur
2 La Passerelle
3 Les Gateaux
4 35 Rhums Opening
5 Train Montage 1
6 Friday Night
7 White Material Opening
8 Bus Vision 1
9 Children’s Theme
10 Yellow Dog
11 Trouble Every Day
12 Killing Theme
13 Maid Theme
14 Train Montage 2
15 Renes Death
16 Pusan Snow
17 Horse Dream
18 The Black Mountain
19 The Otherside of the World
20 Attack on the Pharmacy
21 White Material Closing
22 Tiny Tears