The Cellophane Flowers are an upcoming Indie band from Brixton, South London and are our latest SonicBids competition winner. Despite their incredibly hectic schedule putting the finishing touches to their latest album and organizing numerous gigs we were delighted when they agreed to complete an interview for Song Revelation. Read on to find out what they’ve been doing for the last 12 months, who they would like to collaborate with given the chance and what their current career highlights have been.
What are you called?
The Cellophane Flowers. We are Fra (vocals), Ian (guitar), Luca (bass) and Nick (drums).
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be? We, The Cellophane Flowers, will never use twenty words to say we’re psychopoptastic reprobates, with almost a word to spare.
Q: What is your musical background?
For Luca a porn track, for Nick the sound of metal being torn apart in a Krautrock kind of way, lift music for Ian, wailing banshees for Fra…
Ah, we see. Nick and Ian were in a band together before, Fra’s done some solo stints on Italian radio and Luca’s been in a couple of bands as a student and is a fully trained studio engineer, so he’s in charge of plugging things in. None of us are trained, unless you count a few lessons here and there. We’ve just all been into music one way or another from a very young age.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
We’ve spent most of the last twelve months cobbling together the pennies to put the album together – we’ve been in and out of the studio since February and finished the mixes in December. Getting used to interviews and radio appearances. Going to gigs, playing gigs. It’s been busy!
Q: Who inspires you musically?
The Stone Roses, Johnny Cash, The Cure, Blondie, New Order, The Smiths.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
The National, Arcade Fire, Grinderman.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
It would be great to work with a filmmaker, we’re always up for trying out different visual ideas for gigs and some of our tracks turn out quite epic or landscapey live. If David Lynch is ever in town…
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
Too many – my Apple shuffler says Victory Dance by My Morning Jacket, Mars Sparkles Down on me by The Wedding Present, The Beat Goes On by Buddy Rich, Home Again by Beach House. Plus the obligatory embarrassing one or three I’m not going to mention.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Mostly Fra or Ian will come up with a song and then bring it in to the rehearsal room where we work out which are the good bits before sending Fra or Ian off again to “write a decent chorus this time”, give or take a swear word or two. Other tracks start off as jams. It goes in phases. But you never know if the track will work until everyone has added their ideas to it.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Both – a melody without lyrics is like a preacher without a gun.
Q: Where are you based?
South London, near Brixton.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
It feels distant. Luca’s from Australia, Ian’s from Brazil, Fra is Italian and Nick is from Suffolk. It’s a good area to live with a strong local music and arts scene and loads of decent pubs.
Q: What are you currently working on?
It’s still the album – we’re doing the mastering for it this weekend. And writing new tracks and getting gig ready after taking a couple of weeks off over Christmas.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
So far, it’s been making the album. We’ve been lucky enough to work with Dave Allen who produced all The Cure’s best albums and has worked with The Charlatans and Human League. He’s a great guy and it’s been great to have his experience on board. It’s the first time we’ve all been happy with the results of a recording – we can’t wait to get it out.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
To get the album out and heard and to keep working on new material – we’ve got some new tracks in progress already, probably more in the style of ‘The Promise’ on the album – driving and energetic!
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
We’re sorting out gigs as we speak – the best thing to do if you want to come down and join us is to check the gig listings on our website – www.thecellophaneflowers.co.uk.
Q: What do you do to relax?
We watch this:
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
Any desert. There’s nothing quite like it and it’s not too bad on the rain front.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
To choose who you get your advice from very carefully. This industry is full of people with opinions.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Just keep on loving music – the world may be falling apart, but there’ll always be a good chorus.
Editor’s Note: The Cellophane Flowers have a quirky yet utterly engaging sound that has a commercial edge. We’re really looking forward to the completion of their latest album and sure you will too.
If you’d like to learn more about or contact the Cellophane Flowers just follow the links below:
Website link: www.thecellophaneflowers.co.uk
Twitter link: www.twitter.com/tcfuk
Soundcloud link: www.soundcloud.com/thecellophaneflowers
Facebook link: www.facebook.com/TheCellophaneFlowersUK