Post War Years Mixtape #4 ‘Dimensional by The Hunger on Mixcloud
Fresh from touring with Mumford & Sons and Everything Everything Post War Years stop by for a chat and bring us a weekend mixtape. How generous.
EXPLAIN THE SONG CHOICES IN YOUR MIX TO US?
We’re building a little collection of mixes now, some of which have consisted of tracks that had a direct influence on the album writing process, but this one is more a cross-section of some of the electronic music we’ve been enjoying over the past year or so, new and old. Hopefully, it’s a satisfying balance of the beautifully unique (Oval, The Octopus Project, Cornelius), brave and bonkers (Siriusmo), blissfully minimal (Kuedo, Nosaj Thing), and we’ve always had a penchant for grand crescendos (Eno, Emeralds).
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE NEW ALBUM?
It’s exciting for us because we’ve been eager for people to hear it for a while now. As an album, it’s far bolder and perhaps more adventurous than our debut – partly due to the fact that the producer, James Rutledge, helped us to shape and mould our ideas in a more cohesive fashion. On our first record we were too concerned with trying to be clever, so it sounded quite sporadic and restless, but I feel like the new album ‘Galapagos’ was far more honestly conceived. Most of it was composed and recorded before we had a record deal, so there was no outside influence or pressure from anyone. We just decided to write the best songs we could and let the sound of the whole thing naturally take shape in the studio. The result, I think, is a colourful album. There’s a broad range of sounds on the record and a fairly even balance between the synthesised and the organic. I think it’s a fairly odd and interesting listen.
HOW DID YOU FIND WORKING WITH JAMES RUTLEDGE ON THE ALBUM AND TOBIAS STRETCH ON THE ART DIRECTION?
We have a lot to thank both James and Toby for. James really did become the fifth member on ‘Galapagos’. He inherently knew from the demos how he thought the songs should sound and encouraged us to throw as many ideas around the studio as possible, before systematically whittling it down to the best parts. He also contributed a lot to the album musically. Maybe most important of all, he made us aware of the importance of flexing the creative muscle every day, otherwise we could easily have entered into complacency and ritual alcoholism.
We were really keen to create a visual aesthetic across the whole album this time around and also to step away from run-of-the-mill videos. We’d been massive fans of Tobias’ previous work for Efterklang and Radiohead, so it’s been very exciting to work with him on this project. He was really enthusiastic right from the start, which always helps. I don’t think we’ve ever come across anyone so uniquely creative. When you wind him up and let him run free with his thoughts he’ll start firing out these ideas that a week-long acid trip couldn’t conjure up. His work is beautiful and strange, like all of the best things in life.
YOU TOURED WITH MUMFORD & SONS AND EVERYTHING EVERYTHING – ANY TOUR TALES YOU CAN TELL US?
Like most bands, we’re just incredibly happy to be asked to play. We’ve been lucky enough to tour with the Everything Everything gentlemen a few times, their audience are forward thinking and they’re an incredible band. The Mumford tour was reasonably insane because we were basically playing these weird, oddball electronic songs in arenas. It was a great experience… I’ve never seen a band unite so many people in a joyous frenzy, they’re lovely fellows too. No misbehaving, we’re pros.
YOU’VE KNOWN EACH OTHER SINCE YOU WERE KIDS – WHAT ARE EACH OTHER’S MOST ANNOYING HABITS?
We are all deeply sensitive souls, so I wouldn’t want to unsettle the nest. At times, I’m sure that simply the sight of each other’s faces has been enough. At the moment though we’re a happy, dysfunctional family.
WHAT’S BEEN THE LOW AND HIGH POINTS OF BAND LIFE?
We definitely hit a low maybe six months after the release of our first album. We’d all been living together for a couple of years in a basement flat, which had become a little claustrophobic. It felt like the album had flown under the radar, we didn’t have any money and we were all in desperate need of vitamin D. Thankfully, that low inspired us to write the second record, which we’re massively proud of. The last year has been great for us. We secured the release of ‘Galapagos’ and got to play some of those songs in arenas, which was just silly really. Release day will ultimately be the high point.
WHAT DOES 2013 HOLD FOR POST WAR YEARS?
You never really know for sure, but hopefully as many shows as we are physically able to perform, an unreasonable amount of fun and the beginnings of a third album.
WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR?
Seeing parts of the world that we haven’t yet seen.
‘Galapagos’ is released on February 35th