Stewart from Bad Owl Presents caught up with Envoys guitarist, Steve, ahead of their StrangeForms appearance.
BAD OWL PRESENTS: You guys are just back from a tour of Scotland. How did you find it and what were the highlights/lowlights of the trip for you?
ENVOYS: Jingsy me it was good! A string of really good gigs with some great bands, put on by some incredibly generous, brilliant people. So many highlights, but I've spent a lot of time in Aberdeen over the years and had always wanted to play there, so the gig at Downstairs with Seas Starry and Death Watch was special. The low point was the stereo in the van dying before I had chance to play my Michael Bolton-infused 80s pop mix CD.
BOP: We hear that there are a couple of new songs in your current live set - will they be a taster of what's to come on your next record and in what way do you see them as a progression or continuation of your debut LP, 'Violescent'?
ENVOYS: We've aired a few songs that will be on the new album, and we're really excited about them. Some of them have been in the making from not too long after Violescent came out, but in a way I'm glad we've spent a long time crafting them rather than rushing them out. To me it feels like a shift in mood and energy from the low, slow, sprawling nature of Violescent. The new songs burn hotter.
BOP: What are your thoughts on the current music scene in Leeds and what local bands have you been listening to recently?
ENVOYS: It's been good to see some new bands emerge at the heavier end of things in Leeds. Bands like Irk and Bong Cauldron are crushingly good, and I'm into Lost Ground and Keeper as well. Vessels have just put out the album of the year, for my money, and Esper Scout's new stuff sounds ace too.
BOP: Envoys will be playing on the Saturday at StrangeForms - are you planning on sticking around for the day or weekend and, if so, who are you looking forward to seeing?
ENVOYS: I haven't seen Worriedaboutsatan for a long time and they're amazing. Excited to see Kusanagi for the first time, and I always enjoy Alright The Captain and Fly On Byrd, Fly On.
BOP: Envoys are asked to curate their own gig - what four bands, past or present, would you have on the bill?
ENVOYS: I'd probably go for our mates Vasa from Glasgow, and I'd put them on with some absolute riff beasts like Awooga from Sheffield, along with some of Leeds' best bands, like False Flags and Cattle. I'd probably put it on somewhere like the Packhorse, around April 30th 2015. Something like that, anyway.
(NB - This gig is actually happening!)
BOP: And finally, other than StrangeForms, what are Envoys' plans for the rest of 2015?
ENVOYS: Once we've finished writing the album, which isn't miles away, we'll be recording it ourselves and working on giving it a really strong release. We've got some exciting ideas about how we'd like to put it out, and then hopefully we'll tour on the back of it as well.
Envoys will be playing StrangeForms at 5pm on Saturday 4th of April.
Weekend tickets cost £15 and can be purchased from Jumbo Records, Wharf Chambers or online at https://badowlpresents.bandcamp.com/merch
Day tickets cost £9 and can be purchased online at https://www.wegottickets.com/f/8765