Interview Timber Timbre: A Touch Of Class

We catch up with frontman Taylor Kirk during his long van ride over from Berlin.

Timber Timbre’s second album ‘Creep On Creepin’ On’ is out now through Full Time Hobby, and to celebrate they’ve a few UK live dates kicking off tonight at London’s ICA, and finishing tomorrow in Manchester (see, that’s very few). We catch up with frontman Taylor Kirk during his long van ride over from Berlin, where they were playing just a few days ago.

Your new album feels to have come pretty quickly after your first - were you working on them at the same time?
Yes, we actually recorded three albums simultaneously. We discovered that it was much more productive to divide ourselves in order to fully nebulize a rendering and achieve the most results, rather than the best.

Your previous material is often dubbed ‘spooky’. Does ‘Creep On Creepin’ On’, as the title suggests it might, continue in a similar vein?
It’s like Monster Mash, right? But I think it was Stephen King who suggested that it’s the not authors of things ghoulish and macabre you have to worry about, as they have a cathartic outlet for all that. It’s the comics who are the real spooks. Or the Walt Disney’s of the world.

You recorded the record inside a converted church (which is also pretty spooky, whilst we’re on the subject). Did that have an effect on the finished product? Are you influenced much by your environment?
An old mason lodge actually, where they used to worship the devil and hold those sodomy ceremonies and sacrifices and all that, you know how those secret society freemasons were… Luckily, we were able to forget about all that and concentrate on the music.

You’ve worked with both a pianist and a saxophonist here. Is it difficult to direct hired musicians when you can’t necessarily play the instrument they do?
Neither players were hired for their musicianship alone. I think in both instances the players arrived very fresh to the material and worked very intuitively. In other words, the contributions desired were more based on timbre and intuition.

What do you think they’ve added to the album?
Timbre and intuition. And a touch of class.

Are you likely to go for even more complex arrangements, with more guests and instruments, in future?
I think so! Either that or the opposite direction. Or maybe we’ll try this karaoke-midi-thing that’s becoming so popular with the kids these days.

Finally, your two most recent albums have been released in quite a different way to your first two. Has signing to a label and gaining more recognition bought you more freedom, or less?
Yes, it certainly has changed things. It’s possible that the creative freedom I once felt has been diminished slightly by the pressure of that recognition, however small. It was really easy and fun to make things only for my own personal satisfaction and pleasure.

Timber Timbre’s new album ‘Creep On Creepin’ On’ is out now via Full Time Hobby.

Timber Timbre ‘Black Water’ by fulltimehobby

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