Evi Vine is a singer songwriter who crafts beautiful and deeply atmospheric songs. Together with Steven Hill they on the verge of a UK tour to support the release of a second studio album, 'Give Your Heart To The Hawks'
LMS: We are chatting just before your UK Tour to launch 'Give Your Heart To The Hawks'. It's seems a while since you have played in the UK.
EV: 'Yeah, it suddenly occurred to us. We concentrated on festivals a few years ago and were lucky to travel for a couple in north, but we really haven't ever taken advantage of the fact we live in the UK. We seem to have quite a connection in Germany. Maybe through some of the projects I've been involved in or maybe they have quite eclectic tastes. It seems to be working out there and we have been working hard. Now it is time to turn out attentions to home. We should really be visiting our own cities a bit more. So we are really excited.'
LMS: So where does the tour take you?
EV: 'There are 5 UK dates. We start in Manchester and then on to Leeds. We decided to get some help for the first time, so we are working with Good Soul Promotions. They believe in music, and good music. They have such passion for it. We are going to doing dates in stages. So we have five dates, then looking to do some West Coast dates and the South Coast in summer.
LMS: You are playing a Leeds date early on it the tour. There is a Leeds connection with the album isn't there?
EV: 'Yes, we are returning to the place where we worked with Richard Formby on a couple of the tracks on the album. Working with Richard was such an inspiration, and he's coming along to the show. We recorded at Richard's studio, a place he's worked at for over 30 years. It's a beautiful studio overlooking the city in an old bread mill. We were so lucky to work with him in this incredibly elaborate space of dust and piled high beautiful instruments and intricate corners. We recorded "Love is Gone' and 'Welcome the Dream Led Masses' there. It was so inspiring.'
LMS: How does making a second album compare to the first?
'The first album took about ten years. So two and a half years for this one doesn't seem that long. In the process before we found it difficult to know when to stop. This time we drew a line with tracks. They take a life of their own when you play them live so let's put them down and they may get improved upon over the years. So it was ready a year ago, so to us it doesn't seem that long. We are grateful it is getting out there today.
'We don't have a formula for the way we write. For the first album we had a huge body of work and we had to select some songs to put together. For this album, we didn't draw on the back catalogue of work. We started from the beginning. It's quite exciting that we started with nothing, in an empty room with a guitar or a piano. It was a very different approach. The current album is more about surveillance, and being watched and escapism. That is a theme that runs through everything I write, but this album is quite dark and loaded with these themes.'
'I think from a personal writing experience, it's quite lonely. The themes are quite heavy. It's quite a lonely place where the music come from, a reflective solitude. It's funny I can laugh about that.'
LMS: How will the album translate to live performance?
EV: 'When we tour there will be many shows when it will just be the two of us. People have commented that it isn't really like a gig. It's more of an atmosphere we create with the stories and the songs. When we get it right it stops us in our tracks and we think, yeah this is cool. It's quite magical when it works. '
Your chance to go along and be still and listen comes on Thursday 26th February at Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds. Tickets are available from the venue and the usual outlets like Crash and Jumbo.
Watch the Official Video for 'My Hands Are Tied:
Photo Credits: David De Saint Jorre