Ambition is never a bad trait to possess, when used correctly. Glasgow duo The Wild Curve have shown us that it is possible to be both ambitious and driven, and churn out music that is the definition of perfection. If you are in search of bold, widescreen electronic pop, then look no further. You’ve found the answer you’ve been looking for in The Wild Curve.
Their brand of synth pop has won over reams of bloggers and music journalists over the past 12 months. Euphoria penetrates the very core of The Wild Curve with each rousing chorus, each synthesized beat and soaring vocal line, it is clear the grip they hold over a pop melody and they weave their powers so well. We chatted to one half of the duo, the band’s guitarist Neil, about his musical upbringing and the songs that have soundtracked his life.
Who was the first person to inspire you to pick up an instrument and play?
“My Uncle Paul is a great guitarist, when I was younger he’d get the guitar out in the wee small hours of family parties and orchestrate a sing-song in my Grannies kitchen. I loved that.”
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
“Guitar. I started getting my aforementioned Uncle to show me bits and pieces when I was eleven or twelve, got myself a little nylon string acoustic and took it from there.”
When did you realise that music was your passion and you had to pursue it?
“There was never really any moment of realisation. Once you get started making music it’s really easy to become totally obsessed with it. It starts to dominate your thoughts pretty quickly.
As Kieran has said before, there’s never been a conscious decision to pursue a career in music, there just comes a point where you realise your not very good at much else.”
Where did you play your first gig?
“A few school friends and I formed our first attempt at a band when we were about fourteen. The less said about it the better. I can’t remember how it came about but we got a gig, first on at a show in Glasgows ‘Grand Ole Opry’. It turned out we were supporting Camera Obscura, I hadn’t heard of them at the time but in hindsight it was a pretty cool way to start!”
What has been the definitive record that has made the most impact on your life?
“Cloud Cult – ‘Light Chasers’ was a real eye opener. I think that’s the most obsessed I’ve ever been with an album. It’s erratic and experimental without ever being over-complicated. The songs are catchy with just enough experimenting to keep you intrigued even if you’ve listened 100 times before.”
What’s your earliest musical memory?
“When I was really young my Dad and I had a daily routine of cranking up a Rolling Stones live album and jumping around the house. Does that count as a musical memory? My Dad still does it now and again!”
Who is your favourite songwriter?
“That’s a toughy. Max Martin has a god given gift. Like a smash hit ‘sixth sense’, as does Dr. Luke. In terms of my personal favourite I’d maybe say Chris Martin or Craig Minowa.”
A song lyric that means a lot to me is…
“There’s no small trick to beat the pessimistic mother fucker living inside your head, do you believe in you? Cause no one else can do that for you..”
from ‘We Made Up Your Mind For You’ by Cloud Cult.
A song that describes my current mood/frame of mind at this time is…
“Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. That song should be played out on repeat in the streets every day until we all develop a strut instead of a normal walk.”