Exposure: Jousting With Dracula
Jousting With Dracula - Stag
Jousting With Dracula blur the line between the glacial ambience of Explosions in the Sky and all-out prog-heaviness of Russian Circles. Now, given some extra weight with the addition of some quite simply brutal vocals from Black Sun's Kevin Hare, the Glasgow five-piece are now gearing up to take their 'Epic Slowcore' to the musical masses of Glasgow and beyond, starting with a forthcoming E.P. Here's guitarist Buddy Goldie with a few words on the life and times of Jousting With Dracula thus far.
How did you meet and form the band?
I started writing ambient, chilled out tracks about three years ago, and then moved to Glasgow because I wanted to hear it with a full band. I knew Iain (drums) and Sam (guitar) through a mate and they suggested Eoin as a bass player. Kev (our new vocalist) was on my college course and I knew the guy could lend some brute vocals by listening to his band Black Sun. Kev was supposed to just come along and just do one gig as a guest vocalist, but now we can't seem to get rid of him.
Is there any significant reason behind the name?
I was pissing about in the horror section of the Perth Virgin store (R.I.P.) and for some reason it came to me. Think I saw a DVD called 'Dracula Blood Joust' or something.
Do you all have similar tastes? What would consider to be your biggest musical influences and inspirations?
Here and there it;s the same, but we all have our differences. MJ got me into the groove and I think The View were the reason Sam picked up his first guitar.
What would you say has been your favourite and worst gig so far?
We just played at the Flying Duck and that was really good, but then again, our first ever gig at Bar Bloc was a bit of a belter. I think we surprised ourselves. Having Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' playing through the monitors mid-gig at Ivory Black's was a bit shit. We actually had to stop playing because every time we signalled to have it turned down it just got louder! Funny though.
Where's your favourite place to play?
It doesn't really matter where we are playing, it's more about the vibe of the night and how it all sounds.
If you could, how would you describe your music?
EPIC!! TRIUMPHANT!! LOUD!! SLOW!! ARSE RATTLING!!!!
Do you have plans for any releases in the pipeline?
We will have our EP out within the next few months - long overdue given that as it was recorded in January. We are about to put the vocals down very soon, so after that it's just getting the mastering done and getting it all packaged.
Is there an artist/or band in particular you'd love to share a stage with?
I was just listening to Baroness.They would be cool. I'm sure we wouldn't say no to Mogwai either. Oh, and The Kooks!
What do you feel about the current state of music in Glasgow?
There are plenty of great bands in Glasgow and a lot of them should be doing bigger things, but it's really hard to get noticed, what with the amount of shite indie bands out there. Another thing is how hard it is to get people to a gig. Six bucks to see some local bands is a bit much! Free gigs all the way I say, it's what the bands want and the people want. Pay us in beer!
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Get some massive supports, sell thousands of CDs, and change your Mother's music taste. Results may vary.
Jousting With Dracula play The Twisted Wheel in Glasgow on Sat Sep 19.