Thom from Edinburgh-based post-metallers, Tidings, joined us for a StrangeForms chat...
*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: With one half of Bad Owl being born and bred in Ayrshire it was very important for us to have Scottish representatives at StrangeForms (yourselves and Vasa). How is the post-rock/metal scene in Scotland and, more particularly, in your home city of Edinburgh?
THOM: There are a lot of good bands around, and some collectives looking to push the scene. We Came From the North and Our Smallest Adventures are two newer bands making some good noises right now. I'd also recommend Vasquez, Vasa, Glacier and Young Philadelphia. All very different and very brilliant. We recently lost the mighty What the Blood Revealed, which is gutting. If anybody hasn't heard them yet I'd get on their Bandcamp right away.
BOP: Your self-titled debut E.P. is an absolute belter - tell us a little about the recording process behind it?
T: Thanks man. We recorded with Graeme Young at Chamber Studios. A top bloke who did a great job. We did it in two days. I think we'd all agree that we could easily have spent a week. That being said we're pretty happy with the results.
BOP: Your songs could never be described as 'brief', with the three songs on the E.P. clocking in at over half an hour's worth of music - is it a case of moulding several of your ideas into one epic track?
T: It usually begins with a simple sequence; a melody, riff or phrase. Someone comes with a part of the skeleton then we all build it out and apply the flesh. We tend to let each piece evolve as it wants to, which can take us places we don't expect. We try to be both calculating and open-minded, and avoid using a crowbar as far as possible. Every part stays up for grabs until the whole thing feels like one organism and we think we've got as close as possible to the feeling we're aiming for, whatever that may be.
BOP: Tidings will be playing on 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?
T: I'll be around for the duration. Unfortunately the rest of the lads can only make the Sunday. I'm happy to finally be seeing Latitudes, can't wait for that. Aside from them: The Fierce and the Dead, Sunwolf and Envoys. There's a lot of bands on the bill I haven't listened to yet, I look forward to being surprised by the live experience.
BOP: Tidings are asked to curate their own gig - what four bands, past or present, would you have on the bill?
T: I think the only fair way to answer this would be to give us all one each.
So for me right now: Mono.
BOP: And finally, other than StrangeForms, what are your plans for the rest of 2014?
T: Our new member Henry (Bass) is settling in with us now, so we intend for StrangeForms to be an awesome kick-start to getting fully underway again. We want to play shows, lots of shows. Possibly a small tour. We also have some strong new material, so it may be time to get back in the studio again.
Tidings are due to play StrangeForms at 4pm on Sunday 20th April.
Weekend tickets cost £15 from Jumbo, Crash & Wharf Chambers.
Day tickets cost £9 from WeGotTickets.com/f/7245