All We Are Talk
There are plenty of brilliant acts taking part at this year's big ol' 10th edition of Farm Festival but when I saw the line-up there was one band that instantly stood out for me as an absolute must-see. All We Are are amongst the latest batch of top musical talent coming out of Liverpool, albeit via Norway and Brazil, and their quasi-psychedelic sounds make for rather pleasant listening indeed. I dropped them over a few questions to help give R$N that much-needed injection of high-quality guitar music;
For those R$N readers that are somehow not familiar with your sounds, please introduce yourselves: who are you, where are you and what are you?
Hi there, we are an Irish/Norwegian/Brazillian scouse hybrid that likes to drink cans and make tunes. Right now we are on our first ever headline tour and loving life.
What's psychedelic boogie when it's at home?
Pretty groovy and sometimes on cloud nine.
If your sound was a visual thing, what would it look like?
A lonesome whale swimming in space.
There have been plenty of great acts coming out of Liverpool in the last few years, do you think that the scene there is at a particular high point at the moment or are people just starting to open up their ears a little more?
Liverpool is a pretty small place so we all kind of know each other and help each other out. We hang out, jam, collaborate on each others tracks and are generally mates. We got each others backs you know, and we want each other to do well. Liverpool is the place to be, it's always had a great scene but it feels like there's lots happening right now for sure.
How do you go about the music making process? Do you have a certain formula you stick to or is each track different?
We love to jam and most of our songs start like that, just the three of us playing. We can do this for hours! We're also a very democratic band so every idea has to be tested. So far this method seems to work for us.
What can we expect to hear from you at Farmfestival? Have you got any tricks up your sleeve for the performance?
We're gonna do what we always do: get involved, vibe out and have a great time!
The opening to 'Stone' is one of the best guitar openings I've come across in a very long time, in the age of the ever-shortening attention span do you find that it's incredibly important to start strongly to avoid people switching off?
Wow, thanks! When we make tunes we often ask ourselves, would we listen to this? And if the answer is no, than we're probably should be playing something else, because if we don't like it nobody else will either… The most important thing is that you enjoy what you do, and that energy will come across. Hopefully then it doesn't matter so much if the chorus starts after 30 sec.
What's your preferred form of musical consumption? Are you vinyl fiends or are you just as happy with a download?
We are totally vinyl lovers. It was a big moment for us when we got our debut and held it in our hands. It's a beaut. But we also love a download, it's way easier to carry around on tour.
How much of an effect has living in Liverpool had on the development on your sound? Do you think you'd be making something different if you'd been based elsewhere?
No Liverpool, no All We Are. So yes, we think our sound would be different if we were living somewhere else because we are very influenced by our surroundings.
Are you big on your electronic music? Can you remember the first electronic record you ever heard and how it made you feel?
Yes, totally! It's different for all of us but Dave Clarke and Jeff Mills were big influences. Got to love a bit of dark techno. Still remember seeing them live for the first time.
If you were curating your own festival, who would be your headline acts?
Main stage would be Outkast, Mogwai headlining the alternative stage and Moderat would keep us up till the early hours.
What are you obsessed with at the moment?
Well, Luis is completely obsessed with video games at the moment.
What's the strangest display of affection you've ever had from a fan?
Someone wanted to eat Richard…
If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Luis would be a formula 1 driver, Rich would be going to space and Guro would be snowboarding off some mountain.
What else can we expect to hear from you in 2015?
We're very excited to start writing tunes again and get them out there!
Anything you'd like to add?
Can't wait to play!! See you in the field!
See All We Are at Farm Festival, click here for more information and tickets.