An Interview with Deerstalker
Deerstalker perform at Auntie Annie’s on Wednesday 19th September So, this is your first EP guys. What was it like recording your very own record? Olly: Funny Matthew: Class O: We captured the sound really well. Frankie’s a brilliant producer – probably one of the best in NI, so it was a pleasure to work with him. It finally forced us to lay down a solid structure for all the songs Andrew: It’s like a point of reference M: The Battle of the Bands we won gave it as a prize, so it felt good getting the studio time through a bit of hard work What bands/artists have inspired the sound of Deerstalker? O: Very riff-based music – a lot of the ideas are influenced by people like Queens of the Stone Age and Mastadon M: Metallica originally, so my drumming style is very influenced by them A: I like a lot of Nirvana, but also stuff like Biffy Clyro, or Switchfoot O: We all take influences from loads of different bands, these are just the ones that shine through. I wrote ‘Unsung Hero’ to a waltz beat like you’d hear in ‘Fur Elise’, so it’s kind of a modern day stab at it? What is the bands favourite song to perform live? M: “You’re still Light Years from Facing Brock” O: …”Brock” A: ….”Brock”. We also like doing Nirvana’s”Territorial Pissings”. Just to freak people out O: I love jamming on “Want You To Know This” until it’s like ten minutes long… What sort of subject matter is being covered in the songs on Wendigo? O: The songs tend to all be pretty cynical – how boring everyday life can become and how crap its distractions are. But, there is an underlying theme of living life without these boring distractions – so it’s sort of got a message of revolution. “Unsung Hero”, for example, is about how hard it is to live as an individual in Belfast. A: It’s all about having a bit of integrity M: Just because we’re a Northern Irish band, doesn’t mean we have to try and sound like one What does Deerstalker have in store for us in the coming months? O: We’re planning
some surprises over the next while M: But, Olly’s going to Newcastle to do Dentistry, so there will be a brief hiatus O: Number of hiatus-es A: Still, when he’s back we’ll be gigging and writing like crazy, so hopefully there’ll be an album (or at least another EP) in the next year O: Ten minutes before this interview we were actually writing a new song.. Questions by Matthew Law. Responses by Deerstalker. For more from Deerstalker, visit: facebook.com/deerstalkermusic. You can download Wendigo on iTunes.