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To me, as a Welsh girl, Tom Jones is a god – what did the silver fox teach you, do you think, about being on the road, or the industry? Well, our Mum’s Welsh, so we’re happy to share that connection with him too, I have to say. He’s wonderful; his energy is incredible for anyone, let alone someone of his age, so I’d have to say that the joy of singing surrounds him. I think sometimes you can forget the joy of what you do when it all gets a bit business-y and you have to do accounting and all that crap, but he’s like a shining light, saying ‘it’s all about the music.’ Find the truth in what you’re singing.


Now much is spoken of your voices, obviously, and how well they intertwine with each other, but I’ve had the album a while now and what I’ve been trying to do is pick apart your voices because I think it’s interesting that where you can, each of your voices has its own character. Tat’s something that you must recognise in yourselves, and how do you use that? Yeah, that’s a really strange one because when we sing together, they’re so similar, like when we’re recording I find it difficult to tell who’s singing what. So that’s really weird; when we do sing on our own, like you say, I do think we have really different voices. Te vocal arrangements are something that we’re always working


on, and we try not to go for the easiest, trying to push ourselves to do something interesting and I think the important thing is trying to ration the harmonies; you don’t want them to be overkill. You want those moments where they come together to be special, to highlight something particular, like a lyrical moment in the song, or… We try and just use them as instruments.


Now I do mean this in the nicest possible way: I’ve had trouble sleeping recently, and your album has become the album I put on to get myself into a sleep-like state, very quickly – - You phrased that very well, thank you!


I do mean it as a compliment though, I really do! It’s a silencer; it silences the brain and draws you in to the narrative. Did you ever imagine the album being listened to in different environments, and was there a particular place that it would resonate best? Well, good question; I don’t know if I did think about that really but I suppose that everyone’s a music fan, and listens to music in different ways. Most music I listen to is through my headphones, quite a personal experience of music, but not always, obviously. I don’t know; I think it’s quite a driving album somehow, particularly songs like ‘Eagle Song’ and ‘In the Long Run’ remind me of being on the road and things like that. But quite a few people say they listen to it to kind of – I don’t know – relax them, and at first it’s like ‘Oh, our album sends you to sleep – fine!’ but then I think it’s really nice, there’s something


very primal about being read to as a child, or lullabies, being sung to, is a deeply comforting experience, so I am glad…!


Now we’re very much looking forward to having you in Norwich. You’ve become famous for your almost deathly silent audiences, but actually what makes the perfect audience for you? What can we bring to the party? Oh blimey, well we’ve been so lucky with the audiences who’ve come to see us… Oh, what would I wish for? More of the same! Although, we played in a church once and that can be, I don’t know… people are so quiet that it’s kind of unnerving, you know. So I hope people enjoy it, and do whatever they need to do to enjoy music. I go to gigs on my own whenever I can, because I hate being with people; I think it’s such a personal experience, to watch live music, so even if I’m with people, I just sort of move away!


It’s a very reverent building, being a former church, but I read that you sometimes put little curiosities of your own around the space… something to do with Jesus riding a T- Rex? I hope that makes its way to Norwich. Yeah, erm, yeah… we have quite a childish sense of humour and when you’re on tour it becomes this weird school trip vibe and you pick up these jokes that you think are hilarious; you pick up oddities and you kind of create your own living room on stage every night. We just try and inject a bit of fun into it for ourselves.


Good, I like that! Maybe we could bring some curiosities of our own to the gig, see what we’ve got lying around Norwich… Oh! Tat would be more than welcome! Anything weird would be great. Get Steve Coogan along.


Emma Garwood


Te Staves come to the Norwich Arts Centre on April 20th.


Read the uncut version of this interview on Outlineonline.co.uk. For tickets, go to www.norwichartscentre.co.uk


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