Codes In The Clouds dropped in to tell us what they've been up to ahead of their headline appearance at StrangeForms...
*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: It's been three years since (last album) 'As The Spirit Wanes' - what have you guys been up to in the last three years?
CODES IN THE CLOUDS: We spent most of 2011 on tour, since then we've been working on different writing techniques with different collaborators. Last year a new song 'Hanau Bridge' was released as part of the Erased Tapes 5th Anniversary Collection. There was also the small matter of Jack, our drummer, getting married (which is far too grown up for any of us to comprehend!)
BOP: Codes In The Clouds were recently announced for this year's ArcTanGent festival - how did that come about and how excited are you to be playing?
CITC: We got an email from our manager asking if we wanted to play, it took us about 0.7 seconds to say yes. Can't wait, looking forward to hanging out with our friends in This Will Destroy You, Maybeshewill and Her Name Is Calla.
BOP: Since you formed in 2007 the 'instrumental rock' scene seems to have grown and grown (which can be witnessed with the afore mentioned ArcTanGent and Belgium's Dunk! Festival) - how have you seen things change in the last seven years?
CITC: It has definitely grown! Journalists and bloggers aren't as disgusted at our lack of a singer as they were 4-5 years ago. We're not getting the question "why did you decide to not have vocals?" in interviews now. Also, more obviously, the larger post-rock bands are now coming over to the UK with little to no press and selling out venues like Islington Academy.
BOP: Codes In The Clouds will be headlining the Sunday at StrangeForms - are you planning on being around for the day or weekend and, if so, who are you looking forward to seeing?
CITC: Unfortunately we're stuck in London on the Saturday but, traffic permitting, we should be there for all of the Sunday! We always love watching Monsters Build Mean Robots, it's criminal that they aren't an arena band.
BOP: Codes In The Clouds are asked to curate their own gig - what four bands, past or present, would you have on the bill?
CITC: The first act wouldn't be a band or a performance, the ticket would entitle everyone to a 5 minute chat with Bill Murray, so already it's the greatest night of your life.
Then we'd have The National because they're brilliant.
Not sure who would go on third, we have great memories of seeing bands like Pull Tiger Tail or Tubelord a few years ago so probably one of them. Or Rival Consoles, some of our favourite memories of the band involve Ryan and his music. We'll have to flip a 3-sided coin to make this decision...
There's a running joke within the band about Stephen having had Radiohead tickets three times, and never being able to actually go and see them. So they would headline, but even in our imagination something has to come up and Steve will have to miss them again.
BOP: And finally, other than StrangeForms, what are your plans for the rest of 2014?
CITC: We'll be in the studio to finish this album with the aim to get it out by the end of the year/early 2015, we've also already began works on what will come after so we'll be continuing that. We have a couple of shows lined up for spring/summer and once the next record is out we'll be on the road for as long as possible.
Codes In The a Clouds are due to headline StrangeForms at 10pm on Sunday 20th April.
Weekend tickets cost £15 from Jumbo, Crash & Wharf Chambers.
Day tickets cost £9 from WeGotTickets.com/f/7245