Interview: Monarchy

By on Wednesday, 21st April 2010 at 12:00 pm

Seems there are a lot of pretty special producer /artists making it big in 2010 – from the mainstream go-to-guy of Starsmith, through to veterans Simian Mobile Disco via Penguin Prison, it seems there’s a tonne of talented producers who are branching out to make their own stuff. Recently however we’ve been getting a tiny bit obsessed with Monarchy.

We featured their forthcoming single, The Phoenix Alive, on Monday, and now you can get to find out a bit more about the mysterious duo behind some great tracks in our short Q&A below…

Hello Monarchy. What are you guys up to today?
Andrew in the main control room working away on the finishing touches of the album, polishing some glacial pads and shimmering air at the top of the mix. Ra is in the antechamber, reading William Blake, plucking a guitar and working on some new ideas. We’re drinking coffee, looking forward to the future arriving.

There was a lot of speculation about who you guys actually were before Popjustice “outed” you as being from Milke – is Milke officially dead? Where do things stand?
We closed all our other projects down a while ago so we could focus on Monarchy, which we’re really happy about. It’s absorbing all our creativity, and we feel it’s the vehicle for us to achieve musically what we always wanted to achieve.

Seems you’ve been compared musically to all sorts of people. How do you like to describe your music?
We’ve definitely got a lot of influences, but we bring in new elements and new perspective to it. In a lot of ways, we are collecting some stand-out singles from different bands -we haven’t found an act yet that really encapsulates what we are about, more an anthology of different acts cobbled together. Things like 10CC- I’m Not In Love, Wonderful World by Black, through to With Every Heart Beat by Robyn, or Black and Gold by Sam Sparro.

Lyrically, we mostly write about detachment, so we like to think of things from the perspective of an astronaut or a deep sea diver removed from his natural environment. And then the music is very reflective of this, also cold, spacious, glacial, alien, but with a warmth and organic flow underneath.

What new bands are you guys really excited about in 2010? Anyone you think is undeserving of all the hype?
There’s quite a few acts to watch in 2010, Marina and the Diamonds, Grum is going to have a big year, Theopholis London continues to roll, Lifelike is still amazing, the new Jonsi album is great, could be interesting to hear what Kelle’s solo album is going to sound like, likewise Sound of Arrows, Silver Columns, Fenech Solder. We prefer the underhyped bands to the overhyped ones, it’s a more positive outlook.

What’s laying ahead for you for the rest of 2010?
2010 is finally here. It’s like the future promised is slowly revealed, like a distant planet that only has a sunrise every seven years, a season every forty years. We’re very excited.

Finally, what TV, films and books are you really enjoying at the moment?
We don’t have time or patience for TV, being dictated your cultural influences is a poor option. Chose the internet, always. For films, Precious was really great, A Single Man was good, we finally got around to seeing Moon which was awesome. And we’re looking forward to having the album finished to get a nose into a good book. Kundera, William Blake, Chuck Palanuik are all great authors, though we are keen for some more Wilde as well.


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