A lot of bands face this struggle every day but you do it because you love it. It's always worth it. Forever struggling with cash and trying to make your job work around music comes with the territory sadly.
We’re huge fans of Dialects here at E&D Towers & we’ve been fortunate to watch them at close quarters as they’ve grown from taking their early tentative steps as a band, through the release of their first EP and now their debut album, the hugely accomplished Because Your Path Is Unlike Any Other, establishing them as huge talents at the very forefront of the UK’s Math / Post Rock scene. With the album out last week, we caught up with Conor for a quick chat.
(((o))): So it’s 2 1/2 years since LTKLTL and you’ve just released your debut album. In that time the profile of the band has risen significantly. How does that feel & how excited are you by the release?
Majorly! To have the record come out on such an awesome label like Through Love Rec is very cool. Paul has been awesome to work with and more importantly we’ve been talking about a full length for so long we’re buzzing that its finally happening! There’s been quite a long wait for it so hopefully it goes down well!
(((o))): We first interviewed you last summer just after you’d played at Arctangent & you were more than a little stoked / wide eyed with disbelief. Since then things have just gone from strength to strength. Do you ever have to pinch yourselves or struggle to get your head around how things have gone?
I think we’ve been extremely fortunate in the opportunities we’ve had. We’ve had a number of people back us from day one and continue to invest their time in us so I guess that always helps! I think when we do the bigger shows we’ve played those always involve a little moment of surrealism. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster. Long may it continue!!
(((o))): You seem to be constantly on tour these days. How do you guys manage that against the demands of work / family?
We don’t really. A lot of bands face that struggle every day but you do it because you love it. It’s always worth it. Forever struggling with cash and trying to make your job work around music comes with the territory sadly.
(((o))): And how do you fit writing a new record in to that kind of schedule?
I’ve discussed this with a few fellow musicians up here. There is always a clear definition between writing sessions and practice. The hope is that when you get comfortable with certain songs you ideally need less time to rehearse them. We’ve been playing these songs that long now that we usually work out what we’d ideally need to feel comfortable but it’s never enough! Beyond that we’ve been writing this album for 3 years roughly so I guess that’s time enough to piece it together. I hope whatever we do next doesn’t take as long but you have to respect the process and ensure you get the best end result possible, as well as something you love!
(((o))): The new album is a definite step on & up from LTKLTL. To my ears the sound has more depth and the sonic palette is more expansive. Did you set out with that kind of thing in mind or has it just worked out that way?
Thank you! The EP was a combination of ideas that I had from the demise of my previous band. When Steve and I sat down to write he helped me to piece it together and finish it off. Ali came on-board and we did some more tweaking and that was it done! For the album we came in fresh ideas and worked on the whole thing together so everyone had a fair bit of input. I think that with a team of 4 people we managed to get something greater, more refined and to a way higher standard than the EP. We’re still massively proud of the EP as well though and hopefully it’ll stand the test of time for us.
(((o))): You recorded it at (famous Glasgow studio) Chem 19, how was that? For me recording in a place with such an illustrious history would have been quite intimidating; did you find that or was it inspiring?
A mixture of both. You have to look at the names that recorded there before us to understand the anxiety of living up to the phenomenal records made there. Equally though that’s inspiring as you feel that you can generate something that is just as special. Fingers crossed listeners feel the same. I personally had quite an emotional moment when I saw the framed copy of Young Team by Mogwai. It was the first Mogwai record I properly listened to (given to me by my Dad) and I guess that started me on this awesome journey to being in a band with these 3 dudes today!
(((o))): You get largely labelled as a math rock band but, to my ears at least, there is a distinct prog / psych element to your sound which really comes to the fore in places on the new record. Was that a conscious thing?
I think we started out very much as a combination of post and math rock. Over the years though there is that many influences and experimental ideas that you can only really say “mostly instrumental progressive rock”. I’ve never really got the psych thing, a few people have said it but I can’t really explain what they’re hearing. I’m naturally biased though as I am in the band and at the end of the day the listener may take in something else that I wouldn’t.
(((o))): You guys must spend a lot of time in the back of vans; what’s on the Dialects tour playlist?
This time round there was a lot of Blis, Microwave, Daughter, Cane Hill and Adrenaline Mob (purely for comical value it’s a bit of a tour tradition for us). We’re also huge Andrew WK fans but that’s another story.
(((o))): It’s coming towards the end of the year so I’m going to put you on the spot & ask what the Dialects’s album of the year is?
We have 4. Blis probs peaks the victory but I think Employed to Serve have created a masterpiece with their new album it’s absolutely fantastic. I’m personally a huge fan of Pijn and feel everyone should listen to them so I’ll include that as well. Probs the best debut release I’ve heard in years.Then finally, Jamie Lenmen’s new solo album, it’s a cracker.
(((o))): And finally, what’s on the cards for 2018?
Hopefully play in some new places, play some more festivals, maybe write some new music, and most importantly, get the album out there! All we’re focused on now is getting people to listen to it and hopefully enjoy it!!