Interview Speck Mountain

‘It is an album about unrelenting hope in the midst of a great disappointment with our existence. ‘

Speck Mountain

’s debut album, ‘Summer Above’, is finally due for a UK release on 7th April, despite already having enjoyed relative success as a much-feted ‘import’ from the band’s native US. Here’s what they have to say for themselves.

You named yourselves after words from a book. What could have happened if you’d chosen a different book. Or a magazine?
We might be called ‘In the beginning God created Heaven and Earch’.

Tell us about your album, ‘Summer Above’.
It was recorded over two summers in New York and Chicago respectively. We were very spontaneous and unrehearsed when making the record. Sometimes we would be writing words and arrangements in the car right before a recording session. It is an album about unrelenting hope in the midst of a great disappointment with our existence.

How did it feel to know it was already popular in the UK even before it was properly released here?
We always thought we’d have a bigger audience in the UK than the US. I don’t know why.

You self-produced the record; could you have ever given that control to someone outside the band?
Not the first time around. We were very distrustful of engineers. So many first records by bands have good songs on them that are poorly produced or have a generic sound to them that is not representative of the band sonically. One of our main goals in making the record was to make every sound purposeful and true to our aesthetic.

Being recorded back in 2005/6, does it now feel ‘old’ to you?
Yes, we’ve already finished recording our second record, called ‘Some Sweet Relief’. There are a few songs on ‘Summer Above’ we won’t be playing again any time soon.

You said people don’t move to Chicago to become famous - why did you settle there?
As musicians who are not terribly wealthy it is very difficult to live in a city like New York without working to the point of only have a finite amount of time for your band. Also, the music scene there is very careerist. We decided to dedicate ourselves to the band fulltime and live cheaply in a lovely city with heavy musical roots.

Tell us something interesting/surprising about Speck Mountain…
We’re not potheads.

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