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10 for 2011 Interview: Daniel Land and the Modern Painters

By on Tuesday, 21st December 2010 at 2:00 pm

I sent some questions over to Daniel Land, the man at the helm of Daniel Land and the Modern Painters, the band you voted #9 on our 10 for 2011 poll. Have a read on how this band that makes ‘serious music’ can be quite silly collecting location names that sound funny, amongst other things…

Congratulations on finishing #9 in our 10 of 2011 poll of bands to watch next year. Unfortunately, we don’t have a trophy or anything to give you, but please know that it was the faithful readers of TGTF that voted to give you your place on this list. Although we risk sounding like the reporters on the red carpet at the BAFTAs, we want to know, how do you feel about this achievement?

It’s an honour, it really is. We’d like to thank our parents, our music teachers, our first pets, God, etc, etc…hahaha. Seriously, thanks so much to the readers for voting for us, we never expected to be nominated as a ‘Band to Watch’ or anything like that. It’s great.

Tell us a little about yourselves – how long have you been together, how you guys got together as a band?

We are Daniel Land, Graeme Meikle, Oisin Scarlett, Andrew Galpin and Jason Magee. We’ve been together as a band for about 3 years, but we have been making music separately or in pairs for about twice as long as that. The band really came together in 2007 after witnessing an amazing DJ set by (German musician/producer) Ulrich Schnauss at the Big Chill. Hearing him playing all this amazing new music that was guitar-based but very ambient was really inspiring and gave us a bit of a kick up the backside to get a proper band together. I think we released our first EP only 6 weeks after that – it was all very exciting.

You call Manchester home…what advantages are there from being from such a venerated place for music? What disadvantages are there?
The funny thing about this band is that none of us are really from Manchester. We met at University here, but we’re all from different places around the England, Ireland and Scotland. Manchester’s a great place to live and work in, and one of the great advantages of the place is the thriving independent music scene here, which is really open to new ideas and experimentation. On the down side, I think one of the disadvantages is all the cultural baggage from the Factory and Madchester years, which seems like ancient history to most musicians living here now. It can be a bit irksome to be compared to that. The Factory and Madchester stuff is really respected still, but I think people are generally more concerned with what’s happening now.

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10 for 2011: #9 – Daniel Land and the Modern Painters

By on Thursday, 2nd December 2010 at 11:00 am

Last month, we asked you to vote for the top 10 artists you thought would be big in 2011. For the band you voted to the #9 position, we head up north…

When profiling Daniel Land and the Modern Painters as a New Band of the Day in September 2008, the Guardian described their music as “slow and stately, soporific and somnolent, like a sonic cathedral moving majestically through the icy fjörds of the frozen north”. Not exactly ringing praise, which is a shame because I don’t think the description does the band’s sound justice. You’re always walking on eggshells when you’re talking about a band from Manchester because of its golden musical heritage. But there is something timeless in songs like ‘Love Lies Bleeding’, recalling the heady days of shoegaze, for those of you like me who are old enough to remember. Washy guitars and dreamy vocals – they are here.

For those of you that this does not apply to, you will find that the guitars in this band at times sound like current act School of Seven Bells; this comparison is made all the more interesting that Sonic Cathedral, the same band that put out SVIIB’s single ‘My Cabal’ in 2007 is also associated with Daniel Land and the Modern Painters. Below, enjoy a sparse rehearsal version of ‘Benjamin’s Room’, one of the many great tracks on the band’s debut album, ‘Love Songs For The Chemical Generation LP’, released on Saint Cecilia Records last month.



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