Prehistoric Friends debut album premier
- Kirstyn Smith
- 22 October 2015
First chance to hear Prehistoric Friends' self-titled debut album
Liam Chapman and his band of Glasgow dream pop pals have come together to create an ethereal, essential album of wintry, very Scottish songs. The day before the album is released, we're giving you the chance to take a first listen right here and see what Chapman has to say about the album.
The album will be available to stream until Mon 26 Oct.
The album has a limited run of 50 download links encased in a fossil. What's that all about?
We will be releasing this album as a download, in part, from a lack of funds for a vinyl pressing. However, I had an idea to create hollow plaster casts of ammonite fossils, which my friend Charlotte Eva Bryan kindly crafted the mould for and produced; they encase the album code, kinda like a fortune cookie. There is only a limited run of 50 of these – I felt that it was really important to create a physical object as a memento to mark the release and share a unique relic with the people who have discovered us and would like to be involved in our story. The fossil symbolises the idea of preserving something of value, a story or memory that has been of certain importance at some time. I feel the conception of these physical pieces encourages a wider spectrum of creativity that both strengthens the music’s fantasy and deepens us in the mood aesthetic.
Prehistoric Friends, as a whole, is like a supergroup of Glasgow's dream pop scene - how did you get everyone involved?
Nichola Kerr and I met by playing together in atmospheric/cinematic group Quickbeam. I play drums in Miaoux Miaoux with Julian Corrie so naturally he has to play guitar in my band! Admiral Fallow bassist Joe Rattray is a best pal and we have had a bit of a rotation with great drummers Andrew Truscott and Joe Smillie but Fallow’s Louis Abbott, a good friend I met through Blochestra, is joining us on kit for the album launch. They are all a lovely bunch of coconuts.
You've said in the past that you found it hard to get the album off the ground and that you struggled with anxiety and a lack of self-peace. What was happening that was holding you back?
I put too much pressure on myself to make the album something successful and the more I kept sitting on it, it seemed to add more burden. I strive for everything I work on to be of high quality and presented professionally, and I guess I felt the songs deserved this as they are very personal. I was also moving on as person and maturing musically, which made me go through a spiralling phase between loving and hating the songs. I’ve just had to release the album in to the wild for my own peace of mind. I had to have a hard think about what success meant to me and realise that I had forgotten what was most important, which is to create out of love and share my music with the people who do enjoy it. Accepting this now has given me confidence and I am proud to self-release it as every development we have made as a band has been through our DIY efforts and help from our friends. It makes sense.
On this album, which was your favourite song to work on? Least favourite?
My favourite song to work on was 'Gentle Giant'. It was the most challenging track because it has the same chord progression throughout and it is verse heavy – it is based on dynamic progression and its instrumental development for it to work. Everything on the album is performed live and on analogue, which I feel has created its unique personal timbre. The song that I was most nervous about was performing 'Vanished'. It’s quite hard to force yourself in to the right kind of headspace for a song so raw and can be quite uncomfortable when other people are listening to your lyrics and little whimpers in another room for the first time.
Where do you hope to go from here with Prehistoric Friends?
I want to create something bigger and explore a little more outside standard pop forms and experiment in creating new sounds. I’d also like to approach field recording next and perhaps make my own instruments and use them. I have always wanted to make people feel like they are involved in an experience and I’m always thinking of unique ideas to create and present music so mysterious things may be coming your way.
Read the full interview here.
Prehistoric Friends is out on Fri Oct 23 on Yetts Yeti. The album launch party is at the Hug & Pint Glasgow on Fri Oct 23.