TV On The Radio Talk Psychic Shoes And Planting Seeds

A band that has never shied away from putting their heart and soul into their music is Brooklyn’s TV On The Radio. Their most recent album Seeds appeared following a three year absence in which the band dealt with the loss of bandmate Gerard Smith, while releasing one-off singles and pursuing outside projects. With a recent appearance at the esteemed Sydney Opera House tucked under their collective belts, Chris Berkley of Static caught up with Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone and spoke about the path of reflection and renewal that resulted in Seeds.

It’s good to have TV On The Radio back again and touring.Read the rest

Together Alone — Talking Tame Impala

It’s a reassuring sight to see an Australian band successfully take on the world in the way Tame Impala have over the last few years. Their lush, psyche-pop sound feels like it was born between the grooves of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, evolving inward and outward, feeding on a wealth of influences and dreams unrealised.

Tame Impala’s long awaited second album Lonerism, the follow-up to the much lauded Innerspeaker, was released worldwide last week. Lonerism amps up the poppier side to their psyche dreams, more lavish and exploratory and insane. Currently on a worldwide tour, Chris Berkley of Static spoke to Kevin and Dom from Tame Impala about the making of Lonerism and its effect on the chief songwriter.… Read the rest

Removing The Spoon — Britt Daniel On Divine Fits

Divine Fits may be an unfamiliar name, but the people behind it no doubt lurk in your record collection under their original outfits. Better known Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks, Divine Fits is the band du jour for these gentlemen and A Thing Called Divine Fits is their first full length record. Speaking to Chris Berkley from Static, Britt Daniel talks about how Divine Fits came together, the recording of the album and adjusting to life in a new outfit.

Have you been introducing yourself as Britt Daniel from Divine Fits to people and strangers in the street?Read the rest

Searching For The Sailboat With Animal Collective

Having just released the second single “Summertime Clothes” from their acclaimed eighth album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Chris Berkley from Static spoke to David Portner from Baltimore, Maryland’s favourite sons, Animal Collective and asked, among other things, what lurked behind the eye-catching artwork and whether or not they had been invited to play the venue they named the album after. 

It was fantastic to read that Animal Collective had crashed into the American charts like that. It’s been a pretty exciting time releasing Merriweather Post Pavilion for you guys. Do you get excited by how much excitement that other people had for the record coming out?Read the rest

Spoon In Australia – Talking Ga Ga With Jim Eno

Indie rock stalwarts Spoon reached a commercial high point last year with their phenomenal sixth album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. It was a long time coming for this Austin, Texas quartet, having gone through the major label highs and lows and then finding a permanent home with Merge Records while steadily releasing albums of increasing quality Heading over to Australia to play the Big Day Out, Static’s Chris Berkley caught up with drummer/producer and all-round good guy, Jim Eno.

All this Australian touring for Spoon comes on the back of what was another pretty busy year in the States for you guys, right?Read the rest

The Scare – Chivalry On Show In London

A Punk rock Legend once sang “London is drowning, and I live by the river”, and it’s a line on rare occasion that does come to mind, as for the time being, it is and I do. The Thames, snaking its way through London like a dirty drain, is enjoying a brief moment of fulfilment as the banks rise in celebration of one of the wettest summers in memory (my memory, that is). Umbrellas arc the air as the rains fall, washing down the filthy streets, framing the mood and forcing you indoors. It’s drinking weather, but in England this phrase has no meaning.Read the rest