Interview by Katie Gregory
How did you meet and what made you decide to form Still Corners?
Greg started Still Corners and was looking for a singer. In early 2009, we both got on a train that was meant to stop at London Bridge station but the train went straight past and stopped about 20 minutes away. It was a while before the next train and I thought I'd speak to the other person who looked a bit annoyed on the platform. That was Greg, and we got chatting, I told him I was missing choir and after meeting up a few times, we started working on demos together.
If you had to describe your sound to someone who never heard you before, how would you describe it?
It is epic, atmospheric pop.
Who are some of your musical influences?
Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins, Giorgio Moroder, Simon and Garfunkel, New Order, and Yo La Tengo.
How was making your most recent album? Did everything go smoothly or did you guys have any setbacks?
We started working on the record pretty much straight after we turned in Creatures of an Hour. It was smooth sailing, really. We had lots of ideas and tried to get as many of them down as possible. Greg worked a bit more on the production this time and we tried to play around with the vocals a bit more, too. Eventually the songs chose themselves really and Strange Pleasures was born.
What are you most excited to see during your time in Toronto?
I'm looking forward to having a Caesar, I know it's something to drink, rather than something to see but you'll give me that, right?
Drinks totally count. Any other bands you're going to check out during NXNE?
Braids and The Soft Moon, we've played with both of them before and they're awesome live.
We saw The Soft Moon last night and they were great! What are you most excited about for your performance at our show?
We've decided to do something a bit different for our show with you guys. The set will be stripped back from our regular set. We're playing some different songs and bringing it up close and personal so it should be fun!
If you could only listen to one musician for the rest of your life, who would it be?
The Velvet Underground/Lou Reed.