Σάββατο, 26 Ιανουαρίου 2008

[transverberation]

απ' τις στάχτες των fort lauderdale o toby jenkins έφτιαξε τους squire of somerton και το 2002 κυκλοφόρησε το transverberation, ένα άλμπουμ ψυχεδελικής κιθαριστικής ποπ που χρειάστηκε πολύς καιρός να το συμπαθήσω. δεν είχε καμία σχέση με τον ήχο των fort lauderdale, τα ηλεκτρονικά είχαν περάσει σε δεύτερη μοίρα, οι κιθάρες είχαν γίνει 70s, ξεκινούσε όλη αυτή την αναβίωση που ακολούθησε τα επόμενα χρόνια, μόνο που αυτός δεν έγινε ποτέ πρώτο όνομα. δεν έγινε ούτε καν δεύτερο, γι' αυτό γρήγορα έγινε παρελθόν. σήμερα δεν ξέρω τι κάνει, έχω χάσει τα ίχνη του. έκανε κι άλλο ένα μετά το transverberation που δεν ακουγόταν, το είχα αγοράσει κι αυτό γιατί είχε ωραίο εξώφυλλο. τη μία και μοναδική συνέντευξή του που είχα διαβάσει ποτέ την είχε δώσει στο milkfactory -κι αυτό ακολούθησε την τύχη του δυστυχώς, έκλεισε μετά από δυο χρόνια...
The album has a real Summer Of Love feel. Was it a conscious effort?
The music seems to be like a diary for me. When I was working on Transverberations, during two beautiful summers in Somerset, I met an amazing lady. We would take some whisky and cola and cycle through the Somerset levels between West Pennard and Glastonbury, stopping in sun-drenched orange and purple fields along the way. Those were some of the most magical and romantic moments of my life. The photo on the back of the album cover was taken on one of these trips. For me its impossible for the environment in which I am working not to effect the work, so I think it really is a summer of love record
Is love a good energy to write music?
Love is the pivotal point were all other emotions orbit, like the planets to the sun. All emotions are somehow connected to love or indirectly through the absence of love. All the greatest songs for me, whether they’ve been about rage, hate, angst, lust or whatever emotion good or bad have all been done with honesty. I think that’s the most important thing.
Rock music seems to have become rather stereotypical and boring. What would you attribute that to?
Darwinism.
Is Transverberations a one off, or can we expect more from the Squire?
The critics have given it such a bashing that I’m positive he will return.
Is The Squire Of Somerton another literary reference?
No, while I was living in Somerton and travelling up to London I picked up the name from my Croat buddy who let me live in his garret. He proudly admits he is from hard-working peasant stock and sees me as lazy, vain and probably as a ponce. At first, I took mild offence to his title for me but slowly I accepted it.
What’s the story behind Hollywood Stud?
It’s a Carry Grant/Dirk Diggler-esque tale of the rise and fall of a young man in Hollywood. The choruses are nostalgic interludes were he remembers more innocent days of true love and heartbreak.
The press release describes The Feminist Agenda as 'a song about the eternal sexual unrest and battle between sexes'. Quite a big subject to tackle in 3 ½ minutes…
It’s amazing what you can cram into 3 ½ minutes.
Transverberations is quite tongue in cheek in many ways, as much musically as lyrically. Are you worried that some people might not get the jokes?
I wanted to have a lot of warmth, humour and imagination in it. I hope people will respond to the twists and turns in the music and realise that the high jinxes along the way are vital parts of the whole.