Edinburgh art-poppers Found release album Factorycraft
Third album is trio's first on Chemikal Underground
‘We were all a bit jealous of Cybraphon,’ laughs Tommy Perman. FOUND’s bassist and synth player is talking about their ‘autonomous emotional robot band’ project that went on to win them a BAFTA in 2009. And the more it spread like wildfire on the internet, even popping up on a Cable TV News bulletin in Texas (Perman later forwards me the Brass Eye-esque YouTube clip - see below), the more removed it became from the experimental pop/art collective that built it. ‘We’re hugely proud of its success of course, he adds, ‘but FOUND would almost never be mentioned when people wrote about it.’
Despite losing out in the global popularity stakes to their installation, the Edinburgh trio are in good spirits. They have just received a Vital Spark award from Creative Scotland to collaborate with Aidan Moffat, are showing interactive sound pieces at a variety of forthcoming exhibitions and are about to head out on tour with The Phantom Band to support the release of their first studio album factorycraft on legendary label Chemikal Underground.
The record is by far their most accomplished to date and finds FOUND exploring different ways of music-making. ‘Our sound has really been affected by all of the live shows we’ve done over the years,’ says Perman. ‘It’s more upbeat now, and just … bigger. We used to take so much equipment on tour,’ he smiles. ‘I think we were trying to do too much really. You know, we were new to the game, a little bit too enthusiastic and trying to show off, it was just ridiculous. So now we’ve learned our lesson, stripped it all back to a more simple set-up and are using less conflicting sounds, and as a result we’re making music that is a lot more focused, on stage and on record. It seems to make a lot more sense this way.’
Album launch at the Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Thu 3 Mar. FOUND are supporting The Phantom Band, Captains Rest, Glasgow, Mon 14 Mar; and Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Thu 17 Mar. The single ‘Machine Age Dancing’ (Mon 7 Mar) and LP factorycraft (Mon 14 Mar) will be released on Chemikal Underground.