Jock and Chris from The Program shared a few words with us in the lead-up to their appearance at StrangeForms festival.
*StrangeForms Festival takes place over the Easter Bank Holiday (19th & 20th April) at Wharf Chambers and features sixteen post-rock, post-metal and math rock acts.*
Bad Owl Presents: We had the privilege of hosting the launch show for The Program's fantastic debut album earlier this year - what are your memories of the evening and how pleased were you with the reception of your first record as a band?
The Program: My memories are that the night was a stunning success, in a fantastic venue, and overwhelming relief that the laptop behaved. It's an integral part of the band and it's been unruly in the past; I can cope with human error but when computers start freaking out it can be hard to finish the song. It meant it was the best that we have played and that a modest amount of our CDs found a new home for themselves.
BOP: Both of you were members of Leeds indie-shoegaze act Pale Saints, were signed to 4AD, had a top 40 album and played with, amongst others, Pixies, Lush & The Primitives - it all sounds like the stuff dreams are made of but in what way do you prefer what you guys are doing now?
TP: It was a past life; I really can't remember that much about it. It could have been amazing, or not as much fun as you think. I definitely prefer not being bound by the whims of a vocalist with a bowl cut. Back then, if you worked on a piece of music that wasn't to the singer's taste it wouldn't go any further. I've always liked dub, jazz, surf, etc so it's liberating to make melodic, instrumental music.
BOP: We believe you already have album number two in the pipeline - what can you tell us about it?
TP: Number two will be shorter and more up tempo, less epics but still epic.
BOP: The Program will be opening the Sunday at StrangeForms - are you planning on sticking around for the day or weekend and, if so, who are you looking forward to seeing?
TP: I hope to see as many of the bands as I can can but I am particularly looking forward to Tomorrow We Sail, Monsters Build Mean Robots & Codes In The Clouds.
BOP: The Program are asked to curate their own gig - what four bands, past or present, would you have on the bill?
TP: Difficult to narrow it down to just 4 bands but I think I'd go for Can, Brian Eno, The Birthday Party & Tortoise.
BOP: And finally, other than StrangeForms, what are your plans for the rest of 2014?
TP: We hope to get our second album out and do as many gigs as we can around the country.
The Program are due to play StrangeForms at 3pm on Sunday 20th April.
Weekend tickets cost £15 from Jumbo, Crash, Wharf Chambers & BadOwl.BigCartel.com
Day tickets cost £9 from WeGotTickets.com