Today’s Track of the Day comes from London-based band St. Agnes. We talk to the group about the new single ‘Sister Electric’.
St. Agnes have been wowing live audiences with their unique blend of blues-infused psychedelic metal since their inception in 2014. The band is jointly fronted by Kitty Arabella Austen (Lola Colt) and Jon Tufnell (Lost Souls Club) and has so far released two singles and an EP. Their next single, ‘Sister Electric’ is due to be released on June 17th. Opening with a vocal wail from Kitty, the track gets to business with a confident blues backed, country influenced metal swagger. St. Agnes take a notoriously hands on approach to recording, they record and produce their own work, marking them out as a truly independent group of individuals.
The release is to be celebrated at a launch on June 17th at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen. Ahead of this date, we caught up with the band to ask them a few questions about the new single, their thoughts on photo-shoots and we gained an insight into the St. Agnes recording process.
You formed in 2014 and have put out two popular singles, an EP and now are launching Sister Electric. You move fast! What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?
St Agnes-More releases, more videos, lots more shows. We’re feeling like the ride’s just begun for us really and is picking up good speed, so we’re just going to charge forward.
Your new record is available as a limited release, lathe-cut onto clear vinyl using forty year old machines from karaoke bar in Tokyo! Is this indicative of your approach to music-making- is it all artisanal and bespoke?
Every stage of the recording process for Sister Electric was analogue. We recorded to tape using old microphones, amps and instruments. We wanted to carry that method of creating right through to the final physical product and do something a little special and unpredictable. These old karaoke machines are not about a hi-fi experience, each has a character of its own and will impart a little of its own magic, some audible quirks and hopefully give a unique experience to each listener. They’re also on a super limited run and we wanted to give our hardcore supporters something no-one else will be able to get again.
When can your fans catch you live? Do you have a tour planned for this year?
Touring plans for later in the year. For this single we’re doing a release gig on the 17th June at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen with Dolls and Cut. It’s going to be a wild night. We’re also heading up to Manchester to support Psychic Ills on the 14th.
Your music is obviously influenced by the likes of the mighty Black Sabbath with a good smattering of blues and psychedelia. Who else do you channel? What other band around at the moment do you feel is your musical kin?
We are inspired by boldness and daring; by the traditionally rock n roll, spirit that defiantly demands you acknowledge it’s existence. But this obviously isn’t exclusive to music, or rock music, so I guess you could say that we channel inspiration from Sergio Leone to Donna Tartt, from Gertrude Stein to Kendrick Lamar to Trent Reznor! To put it (extremely crudely and quickly!) it’s the spirit of individualism that interests us.
You clearly love organising photo-shoots and working out how you want to appear. In a dream-world where would be the ultimate place to stage a photo-shoot?
Actually we hate photo shoots! All four of us are pretty bashful when it comes to this side of being in a band. We have, however, recently started working with photographer and filmmaker Ed Edwards and he has taken away all the painful parts of photographic scrutiny. He intuitively gets the band, the music and the characters, and seems to capture the spirit of Saint Agnes in a spontaneous way. All we have to do now is hang out, do our thing and try not to blink.
‘Sister Electric’ is available from June 17th via Death or Glory Gang Records.
This St. Agnes article was written by Fraisia Dunn, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson. Photo credit : Keira Cullinane