JUKEBOX CHATTER: BLUE ON BLUE
The band whose approach is to have no approach, London-based Blue On Blue sit down for a chat with Artrocker
What's going on in Blue or Blue Land this week?
Billy: Hopefully getting the vinyl of our new EP delivered! Also going to record some instrumental stuff we've been working into the live set recently.
Dee: An average day in the BoB household involves working in Morgenrock - our homemade and homegrown studio where we spend hours experimenting with interesting sounds and fermenting unique melodies. In the outside world. this week we hung out with Princess Julia at the new Sean McClusky and Martin Tickner curated exhibition at Neu Gallery, Redchurch Street. Princess Julia is a real star and she's now focusing on her painting which is fabulous! Billy spends a lot of time working in Café Oto so he's seen some pretty interesting acts there as usual.
Blue On Blue seem to be really peaking at the moment with an artistic vision that has integrity. What's your approach to the way you make music?
Billy: That integrity is probably more to do with a lack of approach than any nameable or particular one. There has never been an intention in this group to make any particular type or style of music, nor has there been any effort to ingratiate our music with an imaginary notion of what an 'industry' expects of it. If there is an approach; that's what it is. Unfortunately it's annoyed a couple of people along the way but it's a small price to pay for making exactly the kind of music we've made - which has at no single point been at odds with what we want it to be. That's kind of what art is, isn't it?
Dee: That's very kind words! Our approach is not to have an approach. We like to channel our feelings rather than sit and work out how we can create a formula. Every lyric and every sound comes from a genuine place and we are lucky to have a very natural synergy between ourselves as musicians as well as the same artistic visions. I really feel that is the heart of it all. We've been really lucky with Ben from Tip Top who put out our first EP and with the Robot Elephant guys in putting this EP out. These people totally get our music.
You've currently got a split EP out with Os Ovni - what's the story behind the collaboration?
Billy:The label (Robot Elephant) suggested it a while back and we liked the band, so decided to go for it. We've never met Os Ovni but there's certain elements of similarity that result in the collaboration making sense. Having said that, the two sides of the record do sound very different. I also quite like the idea of split EP's in general.
Dee: Os Ovni are radical! Logan from the band is very similar to Billy is in his pursuit of original sounds through circuit bending guitar pedals and synths and creating truly unique music mechanics. They've never met in person but I swear when Billy and Logan do, the natural world will face some kind of Tesla-esque synth revolution!
Is there any hope of more appearances from An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump sometime?
Dee: X-Bird has lived in Manchester for 2 years while working at the Cornerhouse and completing her Masters in Curation at the RCA. She's actually just graduated today. C-Bird has been working hard on exciting illustration and audio-visual projects. We are all hard-working creatives and working on a project together is always a natural idea for us. We are still the best of friends!
Finally, you have one jukebox credit - what's it gonna be?
Billy: I'd bum out the entire room with this...
Dee: It would have to be Sore Tooth ( I loved my rotten tooth) by Dogfeet. It will kick anyone who was bored/on the pull/depressed/happy/asleep up the arse. And it would probably make everyone shit their pants a little bit too: