Who were your musical influences growing up?
Our parents were very into their music, so we started off on their record collection really. Our dad was big into blues but also rock, so there were lots of Who records, Zeplin etc. Our mum was more folk so she was a big Dylan fan, Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchel. Then they both loved the Beatles and the stones so we had a solid musical upbringing! We grew up in Camden so obviously indie became our thing as we got older, and then clubbing so we got more into house. And growing up our grandparents played in orchestras so we were encouraged into classical music. We never really had an option to do anything else!
Tell us about your new single Forever’s Not Enough…
The song is about unrequited young love, looking back on it. I very often write with visuals on in the background, and for this song I used footage from the Richard Ayoade film Submarine, so I think this kind of bled into the vibe of it. I find it kind of bittersweet to listen to, which I guess is how you feel looking back on those things that seemed all consuming when you were younger. Musically it’s kind of made up of three distinct sections that all feel quite different but seem to flow into each other, something I’m always interested in when writing, to kind of surprise the listener as the song develops.
What can you tell us about your upcoming EP?
It was all written during lockdown, but mentioning it or even letting the atmosphere of it creep in was the last thing on the planet I wanted to do, so the songs are fairly uplifting, maybe I was looking for escapism! As awful as lockdown was (not that I want to sound too much like its past tense, we’re not really out of the woods yet), as musicians we made the best of it by using the additional time writing, the positive thing is that we’ve got a really good new batch of songs that’s sort of transformed what child of the parish is – I think the freedom of this extra time is apparent in the songs, they’re all very different stylistically, the influences on each track are really wide ranging so we’re excited to put them all out.
Describe your music in 3 words
myriad sounds played loud by grifters poor at counting.
If Child of The Parish could collaborate with any other artist – who would that be?
There’s quite a few artists we’re both big fans of, we love Deerhunter, we love Kevin Parker, but actually in terms of work it would be amazing to work with a gospel choir. We’ve kind of done it a bit, but to team up with an amazing group of gospel singers would be a dream.
What artists are you listening to at the moment?
I’m really late to the party, but I’ve been enjoying the Khruangbin album from last year, Mordechai, as well as the record they did with Leon Bridges, Texas Sun. I’m a big fan of Tyler the Creator so I’ve had Call me if you get lost on a lot as well.
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
Ha it’s not good that my minds gone blank! I can’t really do anything else to be honest. If this doesn’t work out I’ll get back to you in a few years! If that’s the case I may end up infamous instead..
Have you got any gigs coming up?
Not yet unfortunately, in fact we’ve never played a gig! With this band anyway. We booked our first show a week before lockdown kicked in. The good news is we’re finally in rehearsals, working through the new material, so shows will follow soon!
By Siân Parker