London quartet Autoheart put a special spin on their music which is “sometimes soothing, sometimes sing-a-long, sometimes sad, sometimes scary.” Their debut album Punch is released on July 15th and available to pre-order via iTunes now! After listening to the album’s sampler, we cannot wait until July. Until then, have a read at our interview with Autoheart where we talk about their bunny mascot, Punch, and Lindor’s chocolate balls!
AMBY: Hello Autoheart! What have you been up to lately?
Jody: We’ve been working on our master plan for world domination via the medium of music, naturally. Recent focus has been on finalising the videos for our next singles ‘Moscow’ and ‘Agoraphobia’. Simon shot the video for Agoraphobia on an iPhone – it stars a lonely bunny walking aimlessly around London, the band also have cameos. And Gavin Leisfield who animated the video for our debut single ‘The Sailor Song’ has directed Moscow. It will be a mixture of live performances from the band and interspersed animation. This was a first for us – performing in front of a green-screen. Now we know how all those actors on ‘Lord of the Rings’ felt.
Simon: We’re also prepping for the upcoming release of our debut album on July 15th – which means working on our live sound, gearing up for our album launch party, doing interviews, radio, online acoustic performances etc.
AMBY: How would you describe Autoheart’s sound to those unfamiliar with your sound?
Barney JC: Sometimes soothing, sometimes sing-a-long, sometimes sad, sometimes scary.
AMBY: What’s up with your bunny mascot?
Jody: He wants to please; to make a connection and make people smile. But he is constantly rejected. It’s heart-breaking really.
AMBY: Your debut album Punch will be released soon! What was the highlight of recording it?
Jody: We’ve been living with some of the songs on ‘PUNCH’ for years, so to finally have them recorded and documented on an actual LP is highly satisfying. The band and producer Danton Supple (Coldplay/Ed Harcourt/Morrissey) all lived together in near solitary confinement for 2 weeks in an old converted vicarage near Stockport . The studio owner collected vintage synths and other strange musical objects – some perhaps weren’t intended for musical purposes but we steered clear of those ones. Outside a blizzard was brewing for most of our time there– it was all very intense but I have very fond memories, mostly hazy ones as a lot of red wine was consumed.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your track Lent?
Simon: It’s about a couple we knew who were constantly arguing and clearly didn’t like each other very much. Yet neither of them had the courage to do the right thing and end it. Metaphorically it’s about putting that shitty kind of love in the bin – where it belongs – and keeping the good stuff for people who deserve it.
AMBY: So far, what’s the best release of the year?
Jody : The Falling EP by Haim and John Grant’s Pale Green Ghosts. I’m looking forward to hearing Alison Moyet’s new album too – but I haven’t had a chance yet. I’m sure it will be stellar.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
Barney JC: I was watching Pulp a few years ago when BBC DJ legend Annie Nightingale mistook me for someone she knew (she was of course wearing dark glasses, indoors) and spent most of the gig talking to me about some holiday she thought we’d both been on in Nice. I didn’t have the heart to tell her she’d got the wrong guy, so I went along with it. I think she left none the wiser.
Jody: You once cut your nose live onstage, Barney, didn’t you? Blood dripping from your face like the School Prom scene in Carrie – that was funny for us if not you
AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?
Barney JC: At the moment I like climbing. As in rock climbing – but you have to do it indoors mostly. It’s brilliant and you can’t think about anything but holding on for dear life whilst half way up a wall. It’s hugely meditative in a perverse way.
Jody: I like to drink wine in Victoria Park as it’ s only 5 minutes down the road from me, but only when the sun is shining which is very rare, so I don’t do that often. In which case, drinking wine in my living room and shouting at the TV, that for me is fun.
AMBY: What has you excited for the rest of 2013?
Jody: As a band – this year sees us release our debut album – this has been a lifetime ambition of ours and we’re very excited to see how the public react to it as a body of work. Its equal parts scary and exhilarating!
Barney JC: I’m excited every morning when I turn on Instagram and see just one more person following us. Long may this exhibitionist streak continue (follow us, we are AutoheartVision).
AMBY: What’s the best part of being in Autoheart?
Jody: With our ‘Punch’ residency last year we got the chance to collaborate and play live with all the incredibly talented musicians and artists that we know: Black Gold Buffalo, The Spiels, Fiona Bevan, The Slow Revolt and many many more. We also went to Charlotte Church’s home in Wales to work on a 2 day song writing session – that was massively rewarding and exciting. But mostly the best part of being in Autoheart is working with the other guys and creating new music, fine crafting a song and recording it. There’s no greater pleasure in life aside from Lindor’s chocolate balls
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Autoheart that nobody knows?
David: I might, quite possibly, but this not 100% confirmation, be related to the late Princess Diana. I think you cannot deny how similar we look. I’ll say no more.