Interview The Big Sleep: ‘Expect To Cry, Laugh, Pump Your Fist…’

Jonathan Hatchman catches up with The Big Sleep to talk about their third studio album, ‘Nature Experiments’.

Over the past couple of years, there has been an uprise in the call for boy/girl duos, from leaders of the mainstream success of The White Stripes, through to the unlikely paring of Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira, forming Cat’s Eyes. Whilst the concept is not necessarily a new one, now is the time for The Big Sleep to attract some of the limelight. Hailing from the grounds of NY Lo-fi, they’ve just released their third studio album, ‘Nature Experiments’. Therefore, we grab the twosome for a chat between preparing for their UK tour or fuzzing their way through a set of tracks that strongly resemble a schizophrenic clash between Summer Camp and Black Sabbath.

Hiya guys, you’ve been touring a lot recently… where are you now?
Home for a bit now, nesting, doing some internet shopping, getting a little taste of Spring in NYC.

Your third album is out this week, what can we expect from it?
This one was was about cutting the fat, making the songs do what we wanted as economically as possible. Expect to cry, laugh, feel feelings, pump your fist (or whatever British people do).

Could you tell us a bit about the recording process? Did it go to plan?
There were definitely some hairy moments (last minute personnel shifts, gear failures, paper cuts), and I’m pretty sure our producer, Eli Janney, wanted to kill us at times (though he’d never show it, what a pro!), but all in all, it worked out. We don’t screw around too much in the studio, so we went in prepared and gave it the business.

Are you pleased with the final product and looking forward to its release?
So excited for it! Especially psyched for the release in UK/EU. Most of our influences are Brits, so we’d like to give back.

Did the creative have any direct influences? If so, who/what were they?
Wouldn’t say anything direct. Just kind of a logical choice to step back from heaviness after ‘Sleep Forever’. We made a conscious decision to really tighten things up and be more energetic instead of self-indulgent and overblown (just kidding, we love ‘Sleep Forever’).

You’ve just finished a U.S tour, how did that go?
It was a blast, we’re all deaf(er), and got our fill of foods that we can’t excuse eating in regular life. And we’ve got a ton more to go after our UK trip.

So has the touring process gotten easier, now that you are into your third album, and have been around as a band, for some time?
Touring has gotten harder in some ways (gas prices), and easier in others (price line, iPhones). It’s always an adventure for us, as we tend to figure out logistics as we go (read: we’re disorganised).

Then you’re coming over to Europe and will visit the U.K. Are there any shows in particular that you are really looking forward to playing?
Honestly, we’re pretty much thrilled to play every one.

How does the British crowd compare to playing back at home?
British crowds can be extreme. Either emotionally guarded or completely losing their shit, so our goal is to make them completely lose their shit.

Do you have anything else planned, besides playing shows, when you come to the UK?
We plan to eat tons of crumpets and sweet creamy things and see what we see. Also, Imperial War Museum, every time, without fail.

Finally, do you have any plans for the rest of 2012?
If we get through the next couple months, we’ll start worrying about that.

The Big Sleep’s new album ‘Nature Experiments’ is out now via French Kiss Records.

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