Interview: The Staves
Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:03:01
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The Staves' folky indie rock is as wistful as it is wonderful on Dead & Born & Grown. The UK trio makes pure magic, and you'll be instantly enchanted the moment you hear it. It's the height of modern folk.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Camilla of The Staves talks Dead & Born & Grown and so much more.
What ties Dead & Born & Grown together for you?
We didn't intentionally record with the thought of it being a certain kind of album or an album with a certain story. I think we wanted it to be as honest in its representation of where we are at the moment as possible. We didn't want to try to add too much. We wanted the vocals to take center stage. It has a live feel almost. We did make it a bit live. I suppose that common denominator is strong throughout. A first album is quite often a collection of songs written over a sparse period of time. If anything ties it together, it's that live element.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
I think we like songs that do that and songs that conjure up images. We never set out to do that. Lots of the music we choose to listen to does that and has quite strong imagery. Maybe, it sunk in.
What music tends to inspire you the most?
Well, we love Crosby, Stills & Nash and Neil Young. People like Joni Mitchell are timeless. They create amazing images and lyrics. They have a strong impact when you listen to them.
What's the story behind "Eagle Song"?
I like "Eagle Song". That was one of the last songs we wrote for the album. The song's about a tour we did of the States. It was all in VW Camper Vans, and we went from Austin to Boston. It was such an amazing experience. There was so much traveling. We got to see a lot of America for the first time. It was a cool time. We were together. It all felt very alive. We saw an American bald eagle by a lake, and it was the most magical thing. We were all walking around a lake, and we just saw it fly passed us. We saw a lot. When you're on tour, you're just living day to day. There's a certain mood that's quite hard to describe. You're sharing it with other people, and that's very special. That's what it's about.
Was "Winter Trees" a special song?
We really love that one. I think it does conjure pictures because it says, "Winter trees covered in snow". From the offset, you're in a certain space.
What does the album title mean to you?
It was one of the first songs we wrote together. I started working on it when I was quite a bit younger. It's a very simple song. I couldn't play together really so that was the music being produced. It seemed like a quite fitting title track. It's representative of the bare bones of guitar, vocals, and harmonies. There's a cyclical feeling.
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