New York trio Sunflower Bean steamroller over anything that could be considered a sophomore slump on the politicised glam-rock stomp and post-adolescent pop of Twentytwo in Blue, released this week. Speaking to Static’s Chris Berkley, Nick, Julia and Jacob of Sunflower Bean talk about making the album, and stretching out their influences and ideas.
I was equal parts amazed and horrified to realise that all three of you are still only 22, as evidenced by this album’s title Twentytwo in Blue, so you’ve carbon-dated yourselves on this record.
Julia: Yeah, 22 is a funny age. You’re still young enough to make a lot of mistakes and know that you have a lot to learn, but old enough to be able to start accessing some deeper parts of yourself.… Read the rest
In a whirlwind European promotional tour leading up to the release of their ninth album Hot Thoughts, that had them play an intimate show at the 100 Club in London before setting their sights on Australia for shows in Melbourne and Sydney, Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel found time to sit down with Chris Berkley of Static to talk about all things new and hot.
Does Australia feel like a home away from home right now?
B: It does a bit. This is my seventh time here, and I was in Melbourne for a month in 2015 where I started writing the songs on this new album.… Read the rest
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Fakebook, a much-loved album of covers and originals which showed the quieter side of the band, Yo La Tengo returned to the same template for their latest album, Stuff Like That There, pulling tracks from the past and re-working a couple of their own.… Read the rest
Coming to the end of a long tour for her most recent album The Voyager, ex-Rilo Kiley songstress now exclusively solo, “just one of the guys” Jenny Lewis spoke to Chris Berkley of Static about the six-year wait between records, the reasons behind it and the helping hand that got the job done.
You’ve just finished playing some shows with Ryan Adams. He’s someone you have to thank for getting The Voyager over the line.
Yeah, he is. I was struggling after I had written a handful of songs for this record. It took me a couple of years to actually get into the studio and I reached out to Ryan and asked if would record one song, “She’s Not Me”, and one song ended up being an almost entire record after a couple of days.… Read the rest
Riding the crest of the dream-pop insurgence that brought with it bands like Beach Fossils, Twin Sister and Still Corners, was that of Jack Tatum and Wild Nothing, who’ s debut album of 2010, Gemini was an exquisitely crafted record brimming with 80’s melodies and accompanying themes of nostalgia and romanticism. It was an album that quickly found its way into regular rotation here and on many critics end of year lists.
Having taken a year off to tour Gemini, Tatum then moved to New York to work on the follow-up, the recently released and equally inviting, Nocturne. Speaking to Static’s Chris Berkley, Jack Tatum spoke about his transition about his love of pop music and its influence on Wild Nothing and the long late nights that lead to the making of Nocturne.… Read the rest
From her isolated upbringing in rural Wisconsin, combined with a passion for opera, philosophy and industrial music, Nika Rosa Danilova aka Zola Jesus has created a name for herself as being a successor to the great Diamanda Galas and Lisa Gerrard with her haunting, otherworldly vocal style.
Over the past three years Danilova has reached the point in her career where she is no longer an experimental, teenage noise-maker but an internationally celebrated electro-pop artist. Her third album Conatus is her most accomplished work to date, pushing beyond the dark melodrama of Stridulum II toward something that is emotionally breathtaking.
From Conatus alone, it’s clear that Danilova confidence to follow her instincts her paid off, but in conversation she remains tight-lipped, holding her cards close to her chest, as Static’s Chris Berkley would quickly find out.… Read the rest