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.”