Stewart from Bad Owl Presents had a chat with Tim from Tomorrow We Sail in the lead up to their StrangeForms appearance.
BAD OWL PRESENTS: You've just released Saturn which features the spoken words of poet, historian and occultist Alexander Cummins - how did this collaboration come about?
TIM: We've been friends with Alexander for several years now and the idea of a collaboration was mentioned quite a few times. We had a couple of really enjoyable sessions early on exploring some different ideas of where we envisaged the sound going and it was at these sessions that Alexander introduced the idea of exploring planetary spirits as a key theme to the project.
However, the project took a bit of a back seat for the next year or so as we got further into the recording of our first album and Alexander continued his PhD. Once we had finished the album and toured in the Spring of 2014 our thoughts quickly turned back to re-visiting the project though and as soon as we picked it back up everyone was really inspired to ensure the project saw the light of day. With Alexander moving to New York we knew we had to feed off this excitement and work hard to complete things in a short space of time.
So we booked a day in the studio when Alexander was back in the UK for a brief visit and, taking all the original ideas with us, put together the final piece in one session. I think everyone really fed off the immediacy of finishing the project in a day and recording everything live. We were really happy with the final results!
BOP: People are still raving about your epic performance at last year's StrangeForms and, indeed, many proclaimed it their favourite set of the whole weekend. What are your own memories of the event?
TIM: Thanks! We had such a good time at StrangeForms last year. I have to admit to being quite nervous before the set about how we'd fit in - we're quieter than a lot of the other bands who were playing and we weren't sure how the audience would respond. Also, it was the last leg of the UK stretch of our tour and unfortunately we were only able to get down about an hour before our set. But it was such a great atmosphere from the moment we arrived and everyone gave us such a warm welcome that we were really looking forward to getting on stage. The response from the audience when we played was incredible - It put us in such a great mood for the rest of our tour. I can honestly say that Strange Forms 2014 was one of my favourite gigs ever!
BOP: You're currently in the midst of your Spring tour. How are you finding life on the road?
TIM: Really good thank you. We're just playing the UK this time around with some nice breaks between shows, so things have been a bit more comfortable! We've played some lovely shows so far and have had the chance to visit pastures new and play some new material too, so all in all it's been great so far.
BOP: Tomorrow We Sail 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?
TIM: We certainly plan on being there for the whole of Sunday but unfortunately we have a show in Cambridge the night before, so we'll be sad to miss all the great acts on Saturday. We had to make a bit of a mad dash last year as we were playing in Belgium the next day so it's going to be great to take in the whole day this year. It's been a long time since I've seen Her name is Calla in full swing so I'm really looking forward to that. Hopefully there will be cardamom and pistachio cake again too. Can't wait!
BOP: Tomorrow We Sail are asked to curate their own gig - what four bands, past or present, would you have on the bill?
TIM: That's a tough one! I can't vouch for all the Sailors but I'd have to go for an evening with Pink Floyd, Sigur Ros, Joanna Newsom and Tom Waits. Not sure what ticket prices would have to be on that one!
BOP: And finally, other than StrangeForms, what are Tomorrow We Sail's plans for the rest of 2015?
TIM: We have quite a busy few months coming up. We have a few festivals lined up for summer, including Sounds From The Other City along with others, and we're working on quite a lot of new material so we'll hopefully be continuing with that and starting to demo some tracks for the next record.
Tomorrow We Sail play StrangeForms at 5pm 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