I had not officially announced the welcome of Giulia Marsico as our contributing music blogger, until now. Giulia recently contributed a really awesome interview with Lizzy Plapinger of MS MR that rocked my socks. I am an enormous fan (yet a very tiny person) of MS MR and since reading their dialogue I knew she had to join LCK. In Giulia’s latest interview she spoke with the Montreal-based band BRAIDS. Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Austin Tufts and Taylor Smith make up the trio whose second album, Flourish // Perish, released in August 2013.
Raphaelle: Together is intense live because I can picture the moments that make up this song. It has a lot to do with the struggle of recording Flourish // Perish, of deciding to become a three piece, of letting go and moving on. Some nights I sing it with a strong feeling of regret, and other nights a feeling of triumph.
Giulia: If you were to describe BRAIDS in one word, what would it be?
Raphaelle: Emo. Haha!
Raphaelle: You would have to ask our designer Marc Rimmer, but as I understand it, the sphere represents a secondary force, kind of opposite to nature, as I see it, the sphere represents the technology present on the record. Like this strange force that comes over something really natural. I always found it interesting that he chose the black sphere to be flourish and the white to be perish. I justified it by seeing the light cast the perish sphere, as a human life ending and travelling somewhere really beautiful and light. It’s like the afterlife, we don’t know what it is or where it is, but it’s very beautiful.
Raphaelle: Yaaaaaa, we love the both of them. Especially on this record, listened to A LOT of Radiohead.
Giulia: While touring, do you find your creativity at a temporary halt or is there never a moment’s rest?
Raphaelle: It’s almost at an absolute halt. In terms of creating music. The LAST thing I want to do is write music, because we spend all day driving and listening to music, and then at the venue there’s music, and then we play music. I guess the creativity comes about in a different way. I try to be creative on stage with certain sections in the music, areas that have room for improvisation. It’s very quick creativity, it’s there and then it’s gone. I write a lot on tour, and that’s a bit creative. I actually do a lot of the lyrics on tour. There’s a lot of time to think while sitting in the van, or the long wait between soundcheck and show.
Giulia: At times, I hear a pulse mixed in with lofty breaths solely coming from your electronics. Besides being human, what influences these corporeal qualities in your music?
Raphaelle: I had to look up corporeal, for those that don’t know: Of, or relating to a person’s body, esp. as opposed to their spirit. “He was frank about his corporeal appetites.”
I don’t think there’s much to it other than being human. Humans make human sounds and we try to expand on that.
Contributed by Giulia Marsico
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