Thursday 12th October 2017
Experimental four-piece Lectures are due to release their next EP “Distraction Shades” on the 20th October; with the promise of hook driven melodies and addictive riffs, and taking inspirations from the likes of Radiohead, Flying Lotus and Wild Beasts, I was intrigued by this unique band. Forming during their school years, the band have continued with their aspirations of writing music and also decided to self-produce their latest EP. Lectures are still finding their feet, but are already gaining support from BBC Radio 1, Radio 6 Music and Sofar Sounds, so I chat with the band to find out about the upcoming EP and how they’re feeling about the release.
Hello! How are you guys, and what have you been doing with yourselves today?
We’re great thanks – we’ve been rehearsing/writing today.
Where and how did the band meet, and what made you decide to form Lectures?
We’ve been making music together since school as Lectures but carried on after we left and gradually changed without choosing another name.
We’re only days away from the release of your EP “Distraction Shades.” How are you feeling about getting your new music out there, and how would you say it compares to your previous material?
We’ve been sitting on the EP for a while so it feels good to finally put it out. It’s perhaps less polished than our first EP, but musically it is more ambitious, and there’s definitely more of a thread running through the songs.
You produced the EP yourselves; how did you find the process?
We all have mixed feelings about the process – generally a lot of over thinking things or not thinking enough – but we ended up with something we’re all really proud of. We’ve strived to be self-sufficient for a long time and it feels like we’re kind of there now.
How easy was it to pick to final 5 tracks, and were there any that didn’t make the final cut?
These 5 were the only songs we completed, and they all felt worth releasing. Although “Morning Forms” didn’t come together properly until the last minute.
What’s the story behind your latest single “Your Whatever?”
Half of the ideas for “Your Whatever” came from an older song that we liked but couldn’t finish. The rest was just built out of that, but with a different lyrical vibe.
What’s your writing process as a band, and how do you come together to create the final track?
It varies from song to song, but this EP was a result of collecting lots of small ideas over time and then bringing them together quickly. Entry Point and Peaches came together easily in the room, whereas SAD existed for almost a year before we could complete it.
Who are your biggest influences and how do you draw upon your inspirations when writing and performing?
While making Distraction Shades we were listening to artists like Wild Beasts, Radiohead, Andy Stott and Darkside. We mostly try to copy artists we like and get it wrong, so we occupy the space in between the real deal and supermarket own brand. For example, making Entry Point we were aiming for D’Angelo but only managed Vanilla Ice.
I’ve recently discovered Sofar Sounds and noticed that you guys performed a few dates in London recently. How did the opportunity come about, and how was the session for you?
That came from us playing a show at Good Karma Club in London last November and someone from Sofar was in the audience, so we got chatting after the show and it went from there. We normally use a lot of gear live, so it was fun stripping the songs down to just the core elements and not worry about pedals or monitors etc.
What’s the furthest you’ve taken your music so far, and where do you hope it will lead you to?
The furthest it’s gone so far is having the EP pressed to vinyl, which makes it seem a bit more real. In terms of ambition, we just want to write music with each other for as long as possible and share it with people who like it and connect with it.