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10 for 2012 Interview: Jordan Fish of Worship

 
By on Monday, 9th January 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Finishing fourth on late last year’s 10 for 2012 poll, Worship (or rather their bassist Jordan Fish) tells us about their hometown (which is not actually Reading like we’ve been reading everywhere) and their appearance at last year’s Glasto.

Congratulations on finishing #4 in our 10 of 2012 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 a nice surprise, the last few months have been quite busy for us and it’s great to think someone is interested in what we’re doing.

You’re from Reading (or at least that’s what we’ve read). How do you think being from Reading has affected what Worship sounds like and how to approached entering the music industry? Do you look to your popularity as being something that will spotlight Reading’s music scene positively?
Tim (vocals) is the only one of us actually from Reading but we’re based in Newbury, which is 20 minutes down the road. Reading is the closest place with a music scene so we used to play there a lot and it’s the closest thing we have to a home crowd.

I’m not sure whether being from Reading affects our music but it certainly has some good promoters/bands and is getting some better venues too. Dave Maul (Monkey Suit Music), Jack Heppelwhite (Mr Blind-Pig) & Pete Wheeler (Wonderwheel) are all great Feading-based promoters putting on great nights and have been really supportive of us. Linda Serck from BBC Berkshire has also been great and put us forward for our Glastonbury Introducing slot in June.

Being from Reading, are you all regular Reading fest-goers? If yes, what changes have you seen the festival undergo over the years (positive and negative – explain)?
We’ve all been going on and off for years. I managed to get in this year and really enjoyed it. The festival itself hasn’t changed too much other than diversifying a little bit, which most of the main festivals seem to be doing. The BBC Introducing stage has been great at Reading and helped local bands get a step up and a bit of festival experience.

I wasn’t there but according to other people’s reports, you had an amazing set at Glasto this year on the Sunday, on the BBC Introducing stage. Tell us about that experience.? (Watch the live video of their performance of ‘Collateral’ at Glasto below.)
We played on my birthday, so it was an unusual one. I hadn’t been to Glasto before so by the time we played (Sunday) I was totally exhausted. It certainly wasn’t our best performance of the festival season but it was quite early on and I think we did ok. We’re all really looking forward to playing more festivals this year.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFkyjHgokpE[/youtube]

Do you consider yourself more of an electronic band doing rock, or a rock band doing electronic?
We’re definitely a rock band doing electronic but I think that’s something we’re always trying to avoid. Our line-up with drums and guitar means that we are always going to sound like a band to some extent but I think when we end up recording the album we’ll be looking to subvert that where possible. We all listen to a lot of electronic music so it is a big influence, but there’s also a lot of other shared influences: Interpol, Mew, Radiohead, etc.

What bands have you been compared to that you feel honoured to be named in the same sentence with, and why? What band comparisons (and by whom) have been the most bizarre, and why?
We mostly get compared to Radiohead, who are obviously a big influence, however it’s something we try and keep our distance from. I think with our recent material we’ve been heading more in our own direction.

What was the most shocking thing that has happened to you all year, and why?
When we were writing in Wales earlier on in the year, Tim and Tom went on a walk to get some fresh air and see the surroundings. They ran into a shaky farmer with his hands in his trousers. I imagine that was quite shocking but they don’t like to talk about it…

What is the most unusual thing about your band that your fans would be surprised to learn??
Probably that we’re not particularly dark or moody people. When we first put music out we thought it was reasonably uplifting but most reviews said “haunting, eerie, dark”. I think we’d like to strike a balance between mournful and uplifting music.

What do you predict for yourselves in 2012?
We’ll definitely be putting out another single early next year, which we’re in the process of recording ourselves now. Then I think the plan is to try and continue writing and hopefully get into the studio and get the album started before festival season kicks in. After that I would hope we’ll be playing a lot of festivals; we’d like to do some European dates too.

 

MP3 of the Day (and more!) #457: Worship

 
By on Tuesday, 13th December 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Worship‘s single ‘House of Glass’ (reviewed by Ellie here) has been remixed by Royal Blood and Vela. The result is glitchy, less dark and more handclappy than the original. We like it because it’s different. Listen to and download it from the player below. Also included below is the ‘House of Glass’ promo video.

Worship placed #4 on the TGTF readers’ 10 for 2012 list; read what Martin had to say about them here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWZPWXWpa4I[/youtube]

 

10 for 2012: #4 – Worship

 
By on Wednesday, 7th December 2011 at 11:00 am
 

In the last couple weeks, we asked you to vote for the top 10 artists you thought would be big in 2012. We’re now on #4 on the list, and things are about to turn dark…

I’ve discussed before the concept of terroir: the concept that the region from which a musician springs has an unavoidable influence on their style. With that concept in mind, try to imagine what a band from Reading – the city which co-hosts hosts the most popular and longstanding mainstream rock festival this country has to offer, and not a part of London but within its cultural gravitational pull – would sound like.

There’s a reasonable chance you’d come up with a sound not dissimilar to that which Worship purvey – definitely a rock band, but primarily orchestrated by electronic instruments, calmly, icily, pumping away. There’s no conventional rock histrionics here, no-one loses their temper or shreds a window-shattering guitar solo, but there is an underlying tone of unsettled menace which gives the music its power. As with a lot of new acts, it’s unavoidably tempting to pick out the separate strands of influence: bits of Thom Yorke’s solo work in the sparse, soaring vocal over not-quite-electronica beats (‘Collateral’ [watch the video below] even references “rabbit in the headlights”, maybe an oblique reference to Thom’s seminal collaboration with DJ Shadow, ostensibly the start of his romance with electronica?); the reliance on swathes of sounds rather than traditional guitar tones is how Keane (remember them?) approached things; and an almost Balearically relaxed approach to song structure.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAk7H6EiIL4[/youtube]

At times the arrangements can seem rather pleased with themselves: ‘Distant Sirens’ finds it appropriate to spend half a minute repeating a simple piano riff just where the chorus should be. Indeed, choruses are conspicuous by their absence. Not a band for those who like 2-minute powerhouses of songs, these guys take their time, strolling through their themes, ensuring nothing is left underdeveloped. Recent single release ‘House of Glass’ (review here) is a dark, polished, limpid piece, a brilliant example of musical onomatopoeia. It’s still early days in the band’s career – they’re quite candid that they are just starting work on writing their first album, so we don’t know how their material will develop into a long-player. There’s plenty of stuff on their Soundcloud, and those who would rather sway rather than mosh at rock gigs should give it a careful listen. They’re tailor made for a late-afternoon Reading slot. And they won’t have far to travel home.

 

Single Review: Worship – House of Glass

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd November 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Though they formed just last year, Worship, based in Reading, have stirred up the scene with their evocative, unearthly sound. Their forthcoming single, ‘House of Glass’, reinforces their sound, layering gossamer vocals with a strong bass line and quickly paced drumming. Lead singer Tim Alexander sounds like he just got back from a funeral, lamenting into the microphone. His style is underwhelming, but purposefully so, and it adds a distinct mourning feel to the track.

This track sounds like an infertile landscape, haunting yet beautiful in its own barren way, with detail not apparent, but not absent. The quick paced beat is unsettling, but juxtaposes well against the rest of the track. Keep a wary eye on these boys: they could stand out against the sterile terrain, or fade just as quickly into the horizon.

6.5/10

‘House of Glass’, the debut single from Worship, will be released on the 21st of November. Below is a stream of ‘House of Glass’ and also the video to the band’s track ‘Collateral’.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAk7H6EiIL4[/youtube]

 
 
 

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