Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Smoke Fairies

Smoke FairiesWe love Smoke Fairies. Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies’ music is ethereal with its light vocals and mesmerizing, mystic background noise. A lovely noise, we might add. So to learn more about Smoke Fairies and see what they’ve been up to, AMBY spoke with them about how they are prone to accidents and strange technical disasters, having iPhones at the dinner table, and how a band member  takes a banana everywhere to take photos!

AMBY: How would you describe Smoke Fairies’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

K: It’s not very easy to define in terms of a genre, but it’s like a soundtrack to late night roads and twilight city thoughts.

AMBY: You released your latest album Blood Speaks last year. What are your feelings about the record now that you’ve had time to reflect on it?

J: It’s like a photograph, It perfectly captures how we were and what we were thinking but you change. The songs have changed after a year of touring. If we made the same record today it would be very different. Blood Speaks is coming out in North America soon which is great. We get to have a new excitement for it.

AMBY: Which three songs are essential Smoke Fairies?

Smoke Fairies: Living with Ghosts, Summer Fades, Blood Speaks.

AMBY: Let Me Know is a wonderful song, what is the story behind it?

K: It’s a fun but desperate song. It says “Let me know where I went wrong” but the narrator in the song doesn’t really want to know that.

AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?

K: No iPhones at the dinner table, unless you are searching for a new dimension

AMBY: What does the band have planned for 2013?

 J: We have our album Blood Speaks coming out in North America in the next few weeks and a special EP out for Record Store Day. The record Store day EP is part of a series released by United Records Pressing in Nashville. It’s is the record pressing plant where we get all our US vinyl made. Last year, when we were on tour with Blitzen Trapper, we had a day off, commandeered Blitzen Trapper’s tour van and drove across the south to Nashville. We managed to convince some of Blitzen Trapper to come with us and they kindly played on the record.  URP is a fascinating, historic factory. We are pretty enamored with the place.  It hasn’t changed since the 50’s and 60’s when artist would stay there to listen to their test pressing.   They filled their upstairs rooms with vintage recording equipment and we spent the day teaching the guys our songs and then recording them in one take.

AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?

Smoke Fairies: Moon Duo, Tame Impala, Baby Huey, Dr John. Mark Lanegan, St Vincent, The Make Up.

AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?

J: Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd. For some reason when we were on tour our band forced everyone to listen to it every day. Don’t ever try and dance to Free Bird. If it ever comes on and you are near a dancefloor quickly sit down or you will be regretting your decision for 7 minutes while your arms flap around hopelessly.

AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?

K: That’s a hard question. We seem to be prone to accidents and strange technical disasters. I remember spending ages preparing a piece of carefully constructed atmospheric walk on music, but something went wrong and it was replaced with some sort of comedy banjo music, there was so much dry ice on the stage that we couldn’t tell which way the audience were and when the lights came on we were all facing the wrong way. It must have looked so strange from the audience’s perspective. Another time, I hit a member of the audience in the face with a banana. That was more unfortunate than funny.

AMBY: Who is your must follow on Twitter?

J: One of our band members, Neil, takes a banana everywhere and tweets pictures of it. Sometimes I log onto twitter to see where the banana has been lately. The best place it had been, in my opinion was in between a camel’s two humps.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

J: It would appear to be crickets and stools.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Smoke Fairies that nobody knows yet?

J: We are really into crickets and stools.


Thank you Smoke Fairies, for giving us your answers!

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