Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Goldheart Assembly

Goldheart AssemblyGoldheart Assembly recently released their latest single Into Desperate Arms in August, and AMBY had the pleasure of catching up with the band’s Jake Bowser, James Dale, and John Herbert. Have a read as we spoke with this comedic London experimental-pop quintet about their second album Long Distance Song Effects, vegetarian penne, a tragicomedy, and more.

AMBY: Hi Goldheart Assembly! Thanks for having a chat with AMBY, what have you been up to lately?

Jim: Hi AMBY, well we’ve been recording our second album, Long Distance Song Effects, in Luzern, Switzerland for the past couple of years and lately we’ve been busy trying to get people to listen to it. What have you been up to? Any nice holidays planned?

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

Jake: We sound like Kraftwerk would have if Germany won the war.

AMBY: You have just released your second album, Long Distance Song Effects. Which tracks are your favourites?

James: My favourites are back to back on the record and they are Linnaeus and Sad Sad Stage. I could have happily made an entire record that sounded like either of those tracks. I think they’re our greatest musical accomplishments thus far.

John: I like the end of Transit and the beginning of Stephanie.

AMBY: What’s the story behind your amazing song Stephanie and the Ferris Wheel?

James: It’s a song about childhood and idealising the past I suppose. It’s all based on real people and real places but they’re there in the song anyway so there’s not really much to tell. It’s just a song about being on a ferris wheel as a kid and not being able to ever get back there I guess.

AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?

Jim: Goldheart Assembly: The Movie.

John: Whilst not a movie, 39Music, a Swiss music channel recently made a documentary about us. It’s on YouTube. Check it out. Plug.

AMBY: Which three of your influences would you love to hang out with for a day?

James: I wouldn’t want to hang out with any of my influences really; I imagine they’re all a nightmare to be around. Maybe someone like Kate Bush would be really nice to cook dinner with but that’s pure speculation. I’d love to have an interesting day out with Tom Waits but I imagine he’d just be a grumpy old bastard.

John: Peter Falk, Carl Sagan, David Platt.

AMBY: What’s the best moment you’ve had as a band so far?

Jake: On the way to a gig in Stockholm last year we all stayed in a ski resort and Jim cooked us vegetarian penne with aubergines. That was pretty nice.

James: I’m delighted that my cooking is one of the highlights of Jake Bowser’s career.

John: Says a fair deal about our career thus far.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?

Jake: John told an entire A&R team to go f**k themselves over the mic. It ruined our career. A real tragicomedy.

James: That wasn’t funny. We lost a band member over that.

John: They were being very rude, all of them got in for free and stood there chatting during our quieter songs. Hopefully they weren’t discussing the exorbitant amount of money they going to pile into our careers.

AMBY: What is your song of the year so far?

James: I’m going to have two: Shoestring by WALL and Sealed Knot by Padraig Whelan.

John: Matthew Became a Star by Death to Dreaming.

AMBY: What has you excited for the rest of 2013?

Jake: Starting Album 3.

John: Cribbage.

AMBY: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Jake: I’d bring back the dodo. Apparently they were very kind and would greet human visitors with fruit and nuts.

James: Leave that poor bird alone Bowser, let them rest in peace.

AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Goldheart Assembly that nobody knows?

Jake: Both John and Jim would have been born Irish if not for the mass emigration of the potato famine.

James: Even I didn’t know that.


Thank you Goldheart Assembly, for giving us your answers!

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