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Nifty interview with Cloud Castle Lake by Karl McDonald for Totally Dublin. They discuss the evolution of their band over the last couple of years ahead of the release of the Quarter Inch Collective’s Quompilation to which they contributed a cover of Kanye West’s Lost In The World, which is in fact their first release.
When you started out, were you making weirder experimental music or was it more normal?
Brendan: When it really first started, it was just me and James in a drum shed in school. I had tiny little amp. Luke O’Connell was on guitar and I was playing bass, and we used to just cover Nirvana all day, but all you could hear was James’ cymbals. From there, Rory came into the band and it was kinda rocky for a while, just trying to make a really aggressive sound.
Rory: First song I played with the band was The Cure, Boy’s Don’t Cry. Which was pretty solid.
Brendan: I was singing for a while, but my voice wasn’t that strong, so Rory asked Dan to come in, and he did this really quiet audition. We were like “yeah, okay”, and then slowly his voice started building up.
It’s always really interesting to read the first proper interview with a band when they’re given the time and space to express their opinions. So many bands have to run the 400-word interview gauntlet for six months to a year after people start noticing them but in this case, they’re in the sound hands of Karl who knows their music well and so he’s done a great job. It was pointed out by Sean McTiernan on Twitter that it’s full of little contradictions between the lads which is something you don’t see that often amongst bands who’ve been schooled in interviews. Really interesting to hear their views as a band who’ve recently ‘broken through’ despite the fact that they’ve been together for years now.