In support of their new record release A Lesson Unlearnt (out today), experimental electronic trio Until the Ribbon Breaks — comprised of Peter Lawrie Winfield, Elliot Wall, and James Gordon — will embark on a North American Tour with London Grammar which kicks off in Toronto on January 21st. Before the tour, A Music Blog, Yea? gave James a call to discuss collaborating with Run the Jewels, embrace a love of hip-hop, motion pictures, and Coachella excitement. Enjoy the interview below!
Until The Ribbon Breaks: Hi Alicia.
AMBY: Hello, James! How are you?
Until The Ribbon Breaks: Not bad. How about you?
AMBY: I’m great, thanks. Cheers for taking the time to have a chat today.
Until The Ribbon Breaks: No worries, anytime!
AMBY: You release your debut album A Lesson Unlearnt on January 20th. Tell me a bit about the record and your experience recording it.
Until The Ribbon Breaks: The album that we’re releasing has been in the making for quite a long time, which has been a good thing because we’ve gone in and we’ve changed things. A few times along the way, we thought we had arrived at the point of completion and then we felt like we had more to say or were influenced by other things like travelling. The album has kind of grown and developed overtime. It’s really exciting that it’s coming out and we’re excited to share it.
AMBY: Being such a long creational process, what were some of the highlights you had while making the album?
Until The Ribbon Breaks: Many highlights. I’d say some of the most exciting ones are the features we had. We had worked with Homeboy Sandman on a track; he’s such a pleasure to work with and is really spontaneous, he’s also really tall…
AMBY and Until The Ribbon Breaks: [laughs]
Until The Ribbon Breaks: He’s just a very nice person and has a big personality – he’s a great influence on us. That was one of them. The other was working with Run the Jewels and having them in the studio with us.
AMBY: For Revolution Indifference.
Until The Ribbon Breaks: Yes. We had the pleasure of doing a video with them for that track which was another great moment of the process.
AMBY: For the Run the Jewels collaboration, I always find it neat when a band combines elements of electronic and hip hop music together. How did that collaboration between the two of you come around?
Until The Ribbon Breaks: It actually came about because Pete did a vocal for Run the Jewels – he’s been a fan of hip hop and LP for a long time – and when their project came about, LP asked him to do a vocal on a track of theirs called Job Well Done. It was maybe six months after that period and we had the idea of getting them on something because we were making something that felt like it had their energy. We could picture it working really well live. In the not too distant future, that could possibly be a situation we can enjoy as well and perform it live with them.
AMBY: I noticed that both of you are playing the same date in this year’s Coachella.
Until The Ribbon Breaks: [laughs]
AMBY: I know a lot of fans are speculating if a little surprise performance is going to happen!
Until The Ribbon Breaks: Yes… let’s just say that we’d love that to happen, and if that did happen, it would probably then be the highlight of the year for us.
AMBY: In support of A Lesson Unlearnt’s release, as we mentioned, you’re playing Coachella but also will embark on a North American Tour with London Grammar. What do you look forward to most as far as that goes?
Until The Ribbon Breaks: I think we all take something out of it differently. I know that Pete and Elliot really enjoy a chance to play the music every night; it’s stuff that we rehearse a lot and we’re always in the rehearsal room facing each other, so it’s really nice to get out onto a stage and present this music to people. There are a bunch of new cities, too… The travelling element of it all is very exciting because I love sitting there on the bus and watching the world go by and using that time to read and get influenced.
AMBY: Aside from playing these new cities, will this be the first time you’re playing these songs live in concert?
Until The Ribbon Breaks: It will be, it will be indeed. Depending on the show, we’re hoping to play four or five new tracks on this tour.
AMBY: That’s exciting.
Until The Ribbon Breaks: Plus there’s one of the covers we’ve been rehearsing which I’m excited to play.
AMBY: When it comes to packing for a tour, what are some quintessential items you must have with you?
Until The Ribbon Breaks: Good headphones for the bus are an essential. Especially after a show and when the buzz has worn off and we’re about to take off to a new city, it’s really nice to listen to some music. Pete is a big fan of reading and he’ll probably take a dozen books while on tour [laughs]. Apart from that, I think running shoes for me because I try to stay fit, if I can. And some warm clothes for this tour.
AMBY: I heard that you all like to write your music while looking at videos. If you could have your music featured in any film or show, which would you choose?
Until The Ribbon Breaks: Oh my goodness… I mean, anything! If there was ever an opportunity to be part of a new body of work or to soundtrack something, I think we would love to do that.
AMBY: Well, I want to say thank you once again for speaking with A Music Blog, Yea? today, James! To wrap things up, what’s something about Until the Ribbon Breaks that nobody knows yet?
Until The Ribbon Breaks: I would say Elliot’s new haircut.
AMBY and Until The Ribbon Breaks: [laughs]
AMBY: It hasn’t made its debut?
Until The Ribbon Breaks: It will be on the tour. That’s probably the most important thing [laughs].
Thank you Until The Ribbon Breaks, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout