Interview Termites

We caught up with the band on the eve of their latest release ‘Less Is More’ EP, to discover a little more…

Termites

are Bristol’s current brightest shining light - having several high-profile support slots, and recently having posed for legendary photographer Mick Rock for fashion magazine GQ. The band have their own club night Club Demento in their home city - having hosted the likes of ¡Forward Russia! and Gravenhurst of late. What’s more, their ‘Less Is More’ download EP was released on Monday. We caught up with the band on the eve of their latest release, to discover a little more…

A lot of our readers might not be familiar with you, and your work. Who, or what are Termites, and why should we pay attention?
Due to the hypnotic nature of much music in the modern hit parade people seem to have forgotten that there is ‘other’ music and are happy swallowing most music that is pushed rather persuasively down their throats. Termites, a psychedelic beat combo from Bristol make pop music on stilts. Whilst it eats away at human brain tissue it also has a habit of filling said space with pure unadulterated pleasure. The reason you should pay us some attention is that we are currently the biggest band in the 5th dimension and thought it prudent to engage with reality and the real people of Planet Earth for a change.

What’s the history of the band?
After a freak alignment of stars myself (Sam), Tim and Ali seemed to meet, swap music and realise that if we didn’t form a band soon they’d be missing out on something pretty special. After the addition of Steve on drums the line up was complete and the campaign to fix bad music began. We adopted a policy of trying to play as many gigs as possible outside of our home town of Bristol which galvanized our armour pretty quickly. Two years later we’re about to put out our third release.

You’ve been recording material for an album - when do you expect it to be completed?
It should be ready for release in January of next year (that’s 2006 for those without calendar) recording will be taking place in November and mixing in December. We’re really excited about our first album, and it feels like the culmination of about two years of hard work.

You seem to be very involved in your local music scene in Bristol - what’s on there we should know about? Any decent clubs? Any bands we should be looking out for?
Obviously the best club night in Bristol is Club Demento (organised by our good selves of course) which has featured, among others, Gravenhurst, Komakino and Forward Russia over the last 6 months. There is an over active music scene which seems to cover every genre imaginable. Unfortunately some people view this as a weakness, I think it just goes to show how diverse gig goers tastes are in Bristol, there is a ridiculous amount of live music going on nearly every day of the week. Bucky are an amazing local band as are You & The Atom Bomb – look out for them both.

Finally, what are we to expect of Termites in 2006? Plans for world domination?
Well as soon as the album is finished we’ll be off on tour again which we can’t wait for. The last tour started to show us that we were picking up fans all over the country. Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester especially were great turn outs. Having the album out there is going to be a great help, we’ve a lot of support on the internet and the fact it’ll be going out digitally will only add to that. 2006 is going to be the year of the Termite, hide your furniture!

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