Q&A with Race Horses
This Wednesday see’s flowery pop troupe Race Horses temporarily leave their Welsh base and head to London for an instore at Rough Trade East, ahead of this Artrocker’s Nathan Westley caught up with Keyboardist Dylan Hughes to hear how life has recently been
Artrocker: Hi Dylan, How’s things? I’m guessing it’s all been pretty hectic recently?
Dylan Hughes: Things are going really well, we’ve been practicing a lot at the moment. Just getting ready for a couple of album launch shows and a couple of instores as well and we’ve got our last festival shows of the year coming up also. One is in North Wales, festival number 6 which looks like a really cool festival; it has British Sea Power and New Order are headlining.
You’re just about to release your second album ‘Furniture’, how did the construction of this one differ from the band’s debut?
The first record was quite a mad mish-mash of the years and influences, quite a psychedelic record. We basically started to record it as soon as we had left school, it had been going on for a while and it was made up of odd weekends that we had spent recording whenever we had a new song. I t was a lot of what we had been listening to from when we were sixteen through to twenty really in a way. With this album we wrote it all within three months, we recorded it in the pool in south London, it was very direct. We had a clear idea of a mission, what we wanted to do with the album but we weren’t 100 per cent entirely sure of the practicalities about how we were actually going to do it. We didn’t kind of want to do anything too comfortable or to automatic, basically having a bass guitar to do the basslines, we wanted to kind of have instruments that we hadn’t really played before, we wanted to construct something differently and use different percussion instead of having a drummer and a drum beat. In a way it is a lot more of a direct record, we really enjoyed making it and we can’t wait for people to hear it.
I’m presuming that you are also eager to perform the songs in front of a live audience, what plans do you currently have touring wise?
Yeah, well we are kind of at the end of something which is like a UK tour, we have just confirmed that we are doing a full European tour in November with Bat For Lashes which should be quite good. So, yeah, they are the two main things that we have planned, we are also playing Crossing Borders festival in the Netherlands and hopefully more, as well as doing UK stuff.
Second time around and with your name a bit better known, I’m presuming there is more opportunities open to you to visit new and interesting places?
Exactly, it’s going to be great to go to places that we haven’t been to before and see the crowd’s reaction, a lot of the time people may have only heard one song on the radio or something like that or maybe just caught the end of your set at a festival a lot of those kind of people might be interested and come along to one of our gigs.
Race Horses will be performing live at the following:
September 12 - LONDON, Rough Trade East In-Store Show
September 15 - PORTMEIRION Festival No. 6
September 22 - CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
September 25 - LONDON The Lexington
Race Horses' sophomore album ‘Furniture’ is out now.