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INTERVIEW: Fake Turins

Hi Dominic, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! I’ve been fantastic, carving away at some new ideas this bank holiday – all very rough at this stage however.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Afterwards”?

Sure – well, to me Afterwards is a disco poetry track about immorality & a cultural possessiveness that gets bred into us at a young age. It takes influence from pop records & noise records equally, so spins its way into a somewhat catchy dissonance.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Haha, is it a cliché to say Brexit? Seriously though, there is the strong sense of ‘national interest’ that has been revived recently & led me to question this global existentialism problem. Writing a song might not solve it, but it helps put the thoughts into some shape. Like a noisy triangle.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Plans, definitely – but not concrete enough for me to comment on. It would likely be around the end of the year, if I can catch the person I really want to work with when he’s available.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was recorded down in Farnham with James Traylen of City Muscle Recordings. He’s got a fantastic little studio there with all sorts of oddities lying around. The song was written over a year ago, but bringing it into the studio & messing around with equipment gave it a new meaning. We used an old tape machine for the drum kit, so there’s a real character on the recording we were happy with – it openly hisses to life in the intro. Once the rest of the tracking had been done we re-processed the guitars through a bunch of pedals to get that whirring sound that overtakes the track by the end. It was a fantastic weekend with a lot of experimenting – not something all recording sessions have. 

What role does London play in your writing?

Probably a lot, but it’s tough to reconcile that. Being a part of London since I was a child has pushed me into more thoughtful, isolated pursuits. There’s nothing like feeling anonymous in the big city – so the music tends to come out introspective. Also, seeing as there’s a bit of an 80’s fetish in London I may have picked up a trick or two.

How poetry does influences your writing?

A lot. So many of the ideas I have begin as personal/psychological/anthropological observations, & there’s a beauty or poetry in studying people – one that gets overlooked when calling it a social science. I write this poetry between the moments of my life & often that gets translated directly into musical themes.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

There’s some more in the pipeline, but that’s still being finalized & worked on. I’m excited to start putting the finishing touches on more tracks.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

A track that I’ve recently recorded with Euan of Younghusband will be the next to find its way to the world. It’s called “Touchy Feely”, but has yet to be pinned down by a release date.

Any plans to hit the road?

Once the new line up for the project is back in place then most certainly, yes. We operate as a 6-piece; so will need to be thoroughly organized for a tour. London dates & a few stray ones here//there may be soon

What else is happening next in Fake Turins’ world?

Aside from new material that I’ve been writing this weekend, I’m also looking at crafting a separate live show to our current song based one. It’s an ambient-experimental funk set where I play the bass & we all get to chant along to the refrain. The guitarist I work with is helping me evolve the ideas soon.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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