We caught up with the Berlin-based, dream noise duo ahead of their Saturday night performance at Endless Daze Festival
2018 has been a big year for you two, moving to Berlin, signing to Fuzz Club Records and releasing your second full length album ‘Lower’; what are your plans for the future?
We’ve got a European tour lined up for November / December with some more dates early next year. That’s the focus right now – getting these songs in shape and giving them the courage to go out on stage and into the big, bad world.
What was your motivation for moving to Berlin?
The touring possibilities played a big part in wanting to move. Berlin seemed like a good place to go in that they are more welcoming to artists than many other European countries. The unknown is very exciting and inspiring.
‘Lower’ was released a week ago, is there anything you would say to someone listening to the album for the first time?
Listen when you have time to really listen. You put some much time, love and dedication into something and the thought of someone just listening to it on their laptop speakers while they’re making coffee or something is just terrible.
When it came to writing and recording ‘Lower’, what influences did you draw on?
There weren’t any direct musical influences. I think I was writing with the live show in mind to a certain degree. Lots of these songs are really inspiring to play. They feel very alive.
Now that ‘Lower’ has been released and looking back on your first EP, ‘More Knives’, which was released in 2014; what do you think have been the biggest changes with regards to your music?
I think it’s been a pretty natural growth. We’ve always just kind of done our thing. With every album we learn a bit more about sound and production. What we like. What we don’t like it.
One of the most captivating aspects of your live performances is the tangible intimacy you have on stage. Is that intentional or is it a natural synergy between the two of you?
Nothing is forced. We just love performing and playing these songs together. Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky we are that we get to do it.
Having played at Endless Daze in 2016 and 2017, what are you most looking forward to about this year’s festival?
We’re really excited to play these new songs. We’re also really excited to play with Werner, our drummer, again.
Are there any other acts you’d recommend for a first-time attendee?
Clayton Human opened up for us in Durban a while back. He’s wonderful.
We saw NONN at the Fuzz Club festival in Holland in August and they were also incredible.
Runaway Nuns will kill it, I’m sure. But honestly, every act is a must.