Stratford-Upon-Avon five piece, My Grey Horse just recently released their latest single, Big Night, which was previously featured on Bitter Sweet Symphonies as the Hype of the Day and for those of you that still don’t know or haven’t taken the opportunity to download the track for free, then don’t miss the chance now and click here to download it. They are currently completing work on their highly anticipated début LP, which will be out early 2014, so keep an eye out for that also.
I caught up with the band to discuss the new record and everything else in between. Read on for more.
Describe My Grey Horse in three words or less.
John Butler (vocals/keyboards): Open all hours.
Pete Butler (vocals/guitar): Deary me…
John: Men Behaving Badly.
Pete: We’re like one of Neil Morrissey’s homebase adverts on acid.
Oobah Butler (guitar/vocals/keyboards): Whoever is reading this is probably just going to have stopped, but if you’re still reading this: please carry on, it’s all up from here.
How would you describe your sound, for those readers that may have never heard your music before?
Pete: Nice melodies, loose guitars.
Oobah: There are a lot of harmonies and some lo-fi keyboards too.
You’ve been working on your debut album for the best part of a year now. How’s it progressing and what’s it sounding like?
Tom Mott (bass guitar): Yeah, we have been working in waves of intensity, apart from Pete who pretty consistently had most of the post-studio busy work to take care of. We have been mixing, dubbing and performing as much and as fast as we can and we’re really happy to now be wrapping it all up. It’s pretty much all live, and all on tape: so it sounds like you’re there with us or that was the plan.
Do you have a release date in mind yet?
Tom: Early 2014 is as specific as we can get at the moment. We are all agreed, the sooner the better, we want you to hear it, we want to hear it.
Is Big Night a good introduction to what we can be expecting from your debut album?
Oobah: I’d say with the sentiment of the song, yeah. That whole feel of optimism coming from desperation, that’s what we want to capture on the record.
Tom: We play most of those instruments, maybe swapping an electric guitar for a banjo or a Casiotone for a piano but it is all there.
Pete: It’s recorded in the same studio, and has the same people working on it, so yeah.
Can you give us an insight into your songwriting process. Where do you start and how do you put a song together?
Tom: We have 5 songwriters in the band so we all have a lot of ideas to bring to the table, and we’ll do it in one session usually.
John: It just depends who’s writing it, we all have different processes. Oobah starts with lyrics, me and Pete start with a tune, then Joe’s are usually pretty full tracks without vocal melodies, and Tom’s are generally piano based, or a keyboard riff.
Pete: It changes from song to song too.
Are your songs all written from personal experiences or does inspiration come from anything and everywhere?
Pete: It’s easier for me to write about my own experiences. But if I read something which really depresses me, then I might write about it: like John D Long Lake on the album.
Oobah: Usually, mine will be personal too. But with some of the songs on this record I was trying to write lyrics about foreign experiences, and challenge myself. I wrote a song about how I imagine a widowed 19th century Parisian may have felt when she realised her husband wasn’t coming home.
If you only had the choice to pick one song of yours to play and a cover, which songs would you pick and why?
Tom: Of the songs we currently play I’d go for Need Wood.
John: David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes.
We’re big supporters of new music here at Bitter Sweet Symphonies. Having said that, are there any new artists that have caught your attention recently that you’d like to share with us?
Oobah: Happy Jawbone Family Band, a Liverpudlian band called Outfit. This year has been a pretty triumphant one.
Do you have any tips for new bands starting out, any advice that you could give them?
Tom: Yeah, when you’re driving your Vaxhaull estate car in the city and you’re trying to find parking, don’t be afraid to ask the traffic wardens where you can park for free. They’re really helpful.
As we’re approaching the end of 2013. What do you hope to achieve by the end of this year and what can we be expecting from My Grey Horse in the New Year?
Pete: In the New Year, the album, and we’re hoping to have released something else before the end of the year too. We’ll keep you in tune.
A special thanks to My Grey Horse for this interview and for more info on the band, check out the following links below.