We caught up with Anglo-French indie outfit Sourface to chat about their latest EP, summer plans, and much more!
The Anglo-French four piece first caught our attention with their single ‘Sweet Dreams Suburbia’, a sunshine drenched indie ditty. It encapsulated a nostalgic sound that is retrospective yet beautifully fresh. Since then the band has released more singles and an EP, all of which saw the band refine their sound. At all times their music remained bouncy and fun, something that has continued with latest release self-titled EP. Their latest EP is a collection of four tracks that show the bands growth, whilst still keeping the core factor of pure fun that makes their music so digestible.
After giving the EP multiple spins (and a review) we were eager to find out more about Sourface and their latest EP.
Kieran: Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to chat with us! How have you all been?
Sourface: Pleasure to chat with you guys again. We’ve been well thank you, keeping busy.
Kieran: Are you as ready for the warmer days as we are?
Sourface: That sunny week a couple of weeks ago felt like heaven. Bring on the summer.
Kieran: On that note what are your plans for the summer?
Sourface: We’ve got loads of gigs lined up in London and Paris, and we’re looking to expand outwards through the UK and Europe as well. In August we’re planning on bunkering down to record our first album in Paris.
Kieran: How has the response been to your latest self-titled EP?
Sourface: Very positive! We feel like this EP kind of rounds off a whole era of introducing ourselves. So it’s really the final stamp of that, and it’s great that people who have got to know us over the past year through gigs now have a whole catalogue of songs that really represents us in full. So the whole response to the release is bound up with all of that, having a recognisable identity that people have grown to enjoy and be familiar with, which is great.
Watch/listen to ‘Puis Tu Verras’ here:
Kieran: Can you talk us through the recording process?
Sourface: We recorded all of these songs as the same time as our first EP, during the first lockdown at Matthew’s place in the English countryside. So we spent close to a month recording and refining all of these songs, having set up a little DIY studio with our trusty producer Scott Ellis.
Kieran: Was anything done differently to the ‘Daytime’s Past’ EP?
Sourface: While they recorded at the same time, we tended to be much more spontaneous with the recording of this new EP, coming up with new parts on the spot and seeing how the songs grew organically while in the studio. They had been written more recently, so were far less set in stone, which definitely had a noticeable effect on the final product.
Kieran: Do you have a favourite song off the recent EP, if so which one and why?
Sourface: Not sure if we could really choose — but ‘A Bigger Splash’ meant a lot to all of us because we enjoyed the darker turn the song took compared to our early stuff, whilst still being bouncy and fun. We wanted to show that we could balance serious or mystical elements with the quirkiness we were recognised for.
Kieran: What was the general influence behind the EP? Was there a story you wanted to tell?
Sourface: Without wanting to mythologise too much, I think we all went from a pretty wholesome second year of university into a moment of separation which had some sort of effect on all of us. “Sweet Dreams Suburbia” had this kind of balance where ‘the sun’s around the corner, it might never come but that’s alright’, but that was sort of rendered moot when our comfortable ’suburbia’ broke down and we were faced with new challenges. So I do think this EP carries over those themes of the first EP, of pursuing some sort of escape, but it challenges the idea that it can be so neatly categorised into some kind of homely familiarity. But we want Sourface EP to depict a journey as well, that while the answer is maybe not so simple, freedom and catharsis can be found – so really it is far more hopeful and optimistic than the first, because it says that even in the midst of chaos you can find beauty. We’re kind of egging people on to let things break down, because the fun and the wonder continues even when you step outside of the normal comfort zones.
“We want Sourface EP to depict a journey as well, that while the answer is maybe not so simple, freedom and catharsis can be found – so really it is far more hopeful and optimistic than the first, because it says that even in the midst of chaos you can find beauty.“Sourface
Kieran: In this EP there seems to be a bit more genre fusion, what inspired this?
Sourface: Yes, this is largely due to the fact that we had more time to meld together as a band by this point, and integrate the different elements in our sound. The overt theatricality of the first EP is toned down a bit in favour of creating a really smooth and unique base texture. Our next work does both at 100%.
Listen to the EP in full here:
Kieran: Lastly, what can we expect from Sourface in 2022 and beyond?
Sourface: If the first EP was the ‘fun EP’, and the second EP is the ‘refined sound’ EP, then our first album is going to explode the two together in mind-blowing fashion. Are you ready for theatrical groovy dynamism mixed with sonorous melodies and smooth textures in one oscillating ocean of sound? This is what you’ve got to expect from our gigs and from our new material. The intention is to record our album this year and make it a monument of our capacities.