- Ryan Drever
- 26 May 2009
Originally started by multi-instrumentalist, Lewis Cook, Yahweh is a project that takes influence from Cook's current dwelling, Glasgow, and the immediate world surrounding; boldly mixing atmospheric electronica and rampant glitches with dreamy folk textures to create a truly captivating and entrancing sound. Bulked up to a five-piece to help with live proceedings, the release of debut album Tug Of Love this year has since garnered a wealth of critical praise, frequently littered with comparisons to the likes of Arab Strap and Boards Of Canada.
The band are now preparing for a handful of summer shows including slots at this year's Rockness and Go North festivals but until then, here's Lewis Cook himself to help get you better acquainted.
How did Yahweh first come together?
I recorded the album myself mostly before we got together as a band. After playing live for a while under a different name I put posters up for musicians around Glasgow University and Stuart, Sadie and Hugh and got in touch and we all just clicked.
Is there any particular reason behind the name?
Perhaps not as much as you might think. I just liked the idea of challenging this idea of an 'unspeakable' word. I liked the idea of separating the word from any sanctity and stealing it as my own.
In terms of musical influences, do you all have similar tastes?
Yeah, I suppose we all do have similar tastes in a way - particularly in the sense that we all have a really wide taste in music. Its hard to pin down exactly what I'm personally influenced by. I think there's a large amount of music that I listen to that might not be so obviously evident in influencing Yahweh but a lot of its there in one way or another. I like a lot of dreamy music like Fennesz, 3/4 Had Been Eliminated, Colleen and Boards of Canada but I also love more up-beat stuff like The Books, Animal Collective, Radiohead, Autechre, Arab Strap.
It's often hard to define one's music, but if pressed, how would you describe yours?
I think it was Elvis Costello who said something like 'writing about music is like dancing about architecture' (it was - I just checked on Google). It's probably easier people just hear us. That said, we've been described as a cross between Arab Strap and Boards of Canada, which sounds like something I'd like.
What do you feel sets you apart from other bands?
We refuse to go onstage until we've had six virgins sacrificed in our honour.
Is there an artist/band in particular you'd love to share a stage with?
Arab Strap when they decide to get back together (DO IT!). There's loads of others too. We're looking forward to playing with Meursault, Call To Mind, Esperi and Panda Su next month and hopefully getting something organised with Tahir Tahira and The Japanese War Effort in the not so distant future.
How do you feel about the current state of music in Glasgow?
Fantastic - that's why I came to Glasgow. I think a lot of the cliquey boundaries that might have existed in the past are being broken down and the scene (or whatever you want to call it) has become really exciting as a result.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Well we're going to play our first gigs in Edinburgh and Dundee as well as the Rockness and Go North festivals next month. There'll possibly be a new mini-release at some point this year and maybe a tour.
Go North, Inverness, 11 Jun; Drouthy Neebors W/ Esperi + Panda Su, Dundee, Scotland, 12 Jun; Rockness Festival, Loch Ness, Scotland, 13 Jun, Sneaky Pete’s with Meursault, Edinburgh, 20 Jun; Captains Rest with Call to Mind Glasgow, 1 Jul