Stewart from Bad Owl Presents chatted with Tom from Her Name Is Calla in the lead up to their headline performance at StrangeForms.
BAD OWL PRESENTS: You're currently coming to the end of a massive Pledge Campaign - can you tell us a little about it and how is the campaign coming along?
TOM: We've actually gone past the 100% mark now which is incredible. It was a high target and we were a bit worried that we wouldn't make it. I should have had more faith. The campaign was to raise money for an anniversary documentary with a soundtrack all pressed onto Vinyl and in a lovely boxset. We also announced a new album that was part of the campaign too as well as 3 anniversary shows later in the year where we'll play our 3 albums to date in full.
BOP: Whilst the rest of Calla are spread around the country you yourself recently moved to Leeds - how are you finding the city and what do you make of the music scene here?
TOM: I absolutely love Leeds. I'm really enjoying exploring it. There's quite a buzz and a lot of support for the independents, whether that be with screen printing, craft-ale bars or restaurants etc. I'm trying to get myself more involved with my other artistic endeavours, but we'll see how we go.
BOP: It feels like an age since you last played in Leeds - what kind of set can we look forward to from you?
TOM: It has indeed been a very long time. I think we'll probably be playing something a little heavier to when we were here last time.
BOP: Her Name Is Calla will be headlining 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?
TOM: I'm planning on popping in an out. I don't really know many of the bands apart from worriedaboutsatan, who are old friends of ours. It's always good to see them but i'm also looking forward to seeing something brand new.
BOP: Her Name Is Calla are asked to curate their own gig - what four bands, past or present, would you have on the bill?
TOM: Hmmm......Ennio Morricone, Rachel's, Songs: Ohia and probably Low too.
BOP: And finally, other than StrangeForms, what are Her Name Is Calla's plans for the rest of 2015?
TOM: Ooooofff! Loads of stuff. The new album, a box set, anniversary shows, a bunch of festivals. I've just released a new solo album too and will wrap up my serial novel later in the year and hope to release another book too.
Her Name Is Calla headline StrangeForms on Sunday 5th 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