Emerging Artists #37 – Novella
May 30, 2012 by Chris Cummins
Nearly a year ago we caught up with all-girl three piece Novella to ask them our usual set of questions, but never got around to publishing the interview. Since then, the band has been working with with Rory Bratwell, aka Warm Brains, on their debut EP and playing with the likes of 2:54, Friends and Veronica falls.
Their self-titled EP was released earlier this week and finds the band rapidly progressing beyond their lo-fi beginnings…
How did you all get together, where you all from and why did you decide to make music together?
We met in Brighton an formed a band when we all moved to London at roughly the same time. At the time we were all listening to very similar music; Stereolab, MBV, lots of sixties psych and garage, so when we first practiced together we thought the same things sounded cool. Pretty standard!
What’s behind the band’s sound and how did you come to it?
We used to play an almost entirely different set and decided to hunker down at each other’s houses all through christmas and spring to write a lot of new stuff after we realised we had improved so much as a band. We wanted to make a fair bit of noise but keep the melodies strong and write songs about stuff other than boys.
What equipment are you using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?
We don’t have a complicated setup. All the tracks were recorded together/live apart from the vocals and we just used the amps that Rory had at his studio. I don’t think our sound relies too heavily on effects and technical requirements, we enjoy a reverb pedal as much as the next guy but there is a feeling that a lot of bands are relying a bit too much on their holy grails these days. Sometimes you want to hear something crunchy!
Where the band’s first show and what was it like?
We organised it ourselves and played the Victoria in Mile End. We were all so nervous I can barley remember what actually happened except that we played all of our songs at about 200 mph. We basically just played to our friends which was a real treat.
What’s been your favourite gig you’ve played?
Probably 1234 festival. It was the second time we played after our stint of laying low so we felt a bit more comfortable with all the songs and the crowd was the biggest we’ve ever played to. It was really loud too which is always affirming!
What bands/artists are you into at the moment?
Brian Jonestown Massacre, No Joy, Further, Jim Shepard, History of Apple Pie, Gross Magic, Bone Yards
so so many more…
What can people expect when they come to your live shows?
A lot of hair?
If you could get one band to reform who would it be?
Velvet Underground. Actually, I hate it when bands reform and you get really excited and then they suck so can I just have a time-machine instead?