Brooklyn trio Au Revoir Simone are coming to Toronto to play The Drake Hotel this Sunday, October the 20th. With the band’s fourth album Move In Spectrums released on September 23rd, A Music Blog, Yea? caught up with these silly sweethearts (Erika Forster, Annie Hart, and Heather D’Angelo) to talk about fulfilling recording moments, belly laughs, New York, and more!
AMBY: Hello Au Revoir Simone, cheers for speaking with us. What have you been up to?
Erika: Hi:-) We just got back from almost a month in Europe on tour. We’re leaving again for US tour in a few days so I’ve been resting, meeting friends, eating at my favorite places in new york, and tomorrow I plan to get back to business, do laundry, get fully unpacked so i can repack again!
Annie: It’s pretty funny, I thought I was going to have a week of “vacation” in between tours, but I’ve been so busy I was floored when I realized this morning I have been home for 6 days, I thought I got home 2 days ago! One of these days I swear I am going to sleep in.
Heather: Same as Annie and Erika–taking time to rest up before the next tour and catch up with all my family and friends that I’ve missed.
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
Erika: Annie: Water Heather: Metal Erika: Earth
Annie: Annie: Blue Heather: Black Erika: Purple
Heather: Annie: Wool, Erika: Silk, Heather: Cashmere
AMBY: Which three songs are the quintessential Au Revoir Simone?
Erika: hmmm, Through The Backyards, All or Nothing, Just Like a Tree
Annie: “More Than,” “Stay Golden,” “A Violent Yet Flammable World” (though I also agree with Erika’s picks!)
Heather: “Lark,” “Another Likely Story,” “Boiling Point”
AMBY: Your fourth record Move In Spectrums came out on September 23rd. What is the significance behind the album’s title?
Erika: Move In Spectrums was something that my friend/teacher said. What it means to me is that here we are, somewhere on the spectrum of complete/incomplete, fulfilled/seeking, positive/negative, joy/pain… And it feels really good to acknowledge that, that we are moving along these spectrums and will never stay one thing or another.
AMBY: What was the best moment you had while recording Move In Spectrums?
Erika: Finding the drum sound for each song was incredibly fulfilling! So fun to make our little songs come to life and sound massive for the first time.
Annie: When Thom Monahan, who we tracked a lot of keyboards with and is a keyboard wizard, mentioned I should buy the Oberheim OB-8. It was a complete game-changer! The sound is just so complex and luxurious, it’s all over this record and is already inspiring songs for the next one.
Heather: All the belly laughs we shared with our producer, Jorge Elbrecht.
AMBY: I’m thoroughly enjoying Just Like A Tree off the LP. What’s the story behind the song?
Erika: Thank you! We love that song too. we’ve actually been opening with it on tour. That was a fully collaborative song, it came together really organically in rehearsal, I love the instrumental verse at the end so much, I hear so much longing and emotion in the interlocking melodies. So glad you like it!
Annie: I am so glad you like it! We just adore it. Heather wrote the lyrics so she can best answer…
Heather: Thanks! It’s a song about setting boundaries with people.
AMBY: Which Au Revoir Simone lyric is your favourite?
Erika: “Hand over hand, matching form to force, measure the strength, I know mine and yours”
Annie: “When the lights go down, don’t stop.”
Heather: “The others drive in circles, they give in and feel ashamed. And if they find us out now, better that way.”
AMBY: The New York pop scene has been amazing lately. Which bands from NY should we keep our eyes on?
Annie: Teen! Radical Dads! Hospitality! The new We Are Scientists e.p. is fantastic, too.
AMBY: You are allowed to say one sentence, which will reach the whole world. What would you say?
Annie: Love thy neighbor.
Heather: Put down your phones.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year so far?
Erika: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories.
Annie: Grooms, Prom – and they’re from Brooklyn so add that to the list!
Heather: Agreed with Erika!
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Au Revoir Simone that nobody knows yet?
Annie: We are really, really silly.
Thank you Au Revoir Simone, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout