Q&A: Cha-Cha

By on Tuesday, 11th May 2010 at 12:00 pm

TGTF favourite Cha-Chas debut album, ‘We Are…’ (read our review here) was released yesterday, and we were lucky enough to get their guitarist, Alex, to answer a few of our questions. Read on to find out what he thinks about the album and what Cha-Cha’s plans are for the future.

Hello, Cha-Cha, are you doing anything interesting today?

Just been watching an amazing yet disturbing movie about French collaboration during the Second World War. “Lacombe Lucien,” a movie with no hero where you grow to despise the protagonist. Heavy stuff.

For the uninitiated, please introduce yourselves and what your roles are in the band.

I’m Alex, on stage you will find me playing guitar. Blain handles the bass and the microphone, and Sam sets rhythm.

Your debut album comes out today – congratulations! Can you tell us a little bit about what the process was like and who you worked with?

We wrote these songs between March and September of last year and then demoed them ourselves. We weren’t really looking to stylize them in a particular way but time was tight in the studio so we had to be prepared. We worked with Kris Harris from Krissy and the Jackdaws at Squarehead Studios in Kent. It was good fun, not too serious but always focused on the task. As a kid you always dream of recording an album in a massive studio with endless quantities of vintage gear but this place was great and in hindsight I wouldn’t have wanted to do it anywhere else. We will most definitely be working there again soon.

Are you happy with the album? What are your favorite songs on the album and why?

We all love the album, and we’re really proud of all the songs but we’re musicians so we’re automatically going to be a bit blasé, if you see what I mean. We recorded it over 6 months ago and since then we’ve written and recorded a lot more material. We just love making music and as much of it as possible. It doesn’t mean that we forget songs or dislike them. If you create a good song you will always get a very distinctive and addictive buzz from it and for me ‘We Are’ is loaded with songs like that.

In a few words, how would you describe your sound?

Nostalgic, Harmonious and Endearing.

You haven’t been together as a band for very long – how did you meet? Were you in other bands before Cha-Cha?

We’ve been together as a band since February 2009 but we’re a real gang, we spend more time together than some married couples. We’ve all been in different bands before but I’ve thought about it recently and realized that we’re a product of chance encounters. People we’ve met randomly and bizarre coincidences have led us to being in the same room which somehow led us to making music. We all sleep in seperate beds.

What’s behind the name Cha-Cha? Does it have a special meaning?

Cha-Cha is symmetrical and we love symmetry. Mr T gave us our name. If you want me to explain that then give us a call or something.

You’ve done 2 music videos so far that we’ve featured on TGTF: one for ‘Phonographic Love’ and one for ‘The Fellowship.’ They’re very different from each other. Which was your favorite to shoot?

‘The Fellowship’ was great as it was just us and a friend down at our HQ. It was bloody freezing though- those skateboard shots were painful. Painful, but fun. Playing war and dressing up like an extra from the Avengers was a high point for me.

If you could work with any musician, living or dead, who would it be? Who would you like to tour with?

Julian Casablancas because he gets it, I mean he really does. Paul McCartney because he’s Paul McCartney, and probably Damon Albarn as he has also been spoilt with a special gift. But then again no matter how much we all admire these people, they might be impossible to work with. Stephen Street seems like a cool cat with fresh ideas, I wonder if maybe he would be interested in us?

What’s up next for band now that the album has been released? Any exciting touring plans you can tell us about?

We might be going to Hawaii for a few shows, all still in the pipeline but we will be playing around the country a bit. Probably France in the Fall, Germany in the Winter. Big things, why not?

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