Monday, 21 November 2016

Vukovar Q&A

Your names.
Rick. Dan. Buddy.

Where are you from?
We are from a decaying industrial town in the North West of England.

Name of band:

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
We've been described as 'bleak-pop' and 'dark post-punk' amongst other things, but we like these two.

Who are your main influences musically?
We don't have main influences. Influences are mostly visual or from literature. But musically we take from lots of things and appropriate it. Whether that's from Leonard Cohen to Suicide, Kylie Minogue to Godflesh, D.A.F to The Last Poets, whatever. As a group we like to listen to as many things as possible, always trying to discover new music; nothing beats finding a gem of an acid house track or pop song for example that you've never heard before and playing it to death, absorbing all you can before moving onto the next. 
The guys who produce our records, Phil Reynolds and Dan Ankers, are the same. They put us onto a lot of interesting music too.The stuff they do for our music is phenomenal.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We want to be able to keep making records. We want everybody in the world to listen to our music and find something in it. We want to be able to live off our art. We want the world... We want to achieve lots of things. Everything.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Supporting Brix & The Extricated and meeting her was great. We all got along v well, a lot in common. We're big on The Fall, so to see the Hanley brothers, one of the all-time great post-punk rhythm section, whilst being involved with the show, was something else. We supported Blue Orchids recently too which was fantastic. Our friends in Glasgow, Spinning Coin and Breakfast Muff (you should really give them a listen, hint hint hint...), invited us to perform there at the Old Hairdresser's which was a great DIY show. DIY shows tend to be the best anyway, but it was lovely of them to ask us. Also, meeting and recording with Graham Duff for our next record, PURITAN, was one of those experiences whereby it still hasn't really been taken in as everything was perfect. Meeting up with our favourite artist, Andrzej Klimowski, was one of those moments too.
As you can tell, we enjoy what we do and the opportunities that come out of the work that we put in. We enjoy every slight, innocuous detail that comes out of it.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Any show we've played for so-called 'professional promoters'. Awful. Being on stage and working together, we'll keep those memories. But the events themselves, the audience (or lack thereof) etc etc etc...

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
At the moment, it would be The Blood Garden. It has the pop melody, it has the beauty in its depth + production, it has the dark Badalamenti synths, it has the delicacy and the noise simultaneously and has the shifting dynamics and most importantly, has the influence of the transcendent moment from JG Ballard's High Rise.  

Where can we listen to it?
 And as part of our second LP 'VOYEURISM' which is the best way...

Where can we find out more about your music?
We are on itunes and Spotify but have neither programme so no links. But we can give you social media and places to listen and download and purchase the beautifully produced CD's, which is really the best way to listen... 

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