28 February 2011

Fresh Meat Monday - Tanera Heights

Would you care to introduce yourself?

We are Tanera Heights! We're a three piece originally from Strathpeffer (North of Inverness) but are currently based in Glasgow and Edinburgh. I'm Colin and I play guitar and sing for the band. My brother Alasdair plays drums and electric violin and does backing vocals... ....and Tom does pretty much everything else (keys, synth, bass, vocals) although regrettably not all at the same time... yet.

How would you describe the music you make?

This is always the difficult part. We combine the above listed instruments and influences such as Pink Floyd, Sigur Ros, Radiohead, David Bowie and the Flaming Lips to create whatever genre that creates with an epic feel to it. (open to suggestions)

How did you start out making music?

Alasdair and I have been making music together since I got a classic Yamaha keyboard for Christmas when I was about 7 (still trying to find an excuse to put it in the set somewhere). Alasdair started bashing about on our dad’s drum kit soon after which only encouraged me to take up the guitar and continue creating music. Tom has also been making music for a long time, playing piano and singing since he first went to school. We started playing music with him in 2006 to form the line-up that exists now.

What process goes into the way you write songs?

We have three creative forces in the band which can spark some grudging brotherly arguments (not excluding Tom) in the rehearsal studio, but more often than not, produce some really rewarding results. Usually one of us will have a lyrical idea and a skeleton structure and then everyone will collaborate with their own ideas helping to achieve a result we’re all happy with.

What can people expect from your live shows?

Matching uniforms and powerful sounding music which will hopefully prevent you from leaving by inadvertently sticking you to the back wall of the venue. (providing the sound system is good enough!)

What are you all listening to at the moment?

A whole range really. I’ve really got into two great Scottish bands recently; Kid Adrift and the phantom band. Can’t wait to see them live. Also been listening to Berlin Trilogy era David Bowie and as a result of that a bit of Brian Eno this past week. LCD Soundsystem’s new album as well. Even had a cheeky indulgence with Nine Inch Nails one lonely evening last week.

Alasdair’s been getting into his postrock, listening to explosions in the sky, for a minor reflection and the twilight sad.

As well as various classical piano pieces, Tom’s had Arcade Fire, Crystal Castles and Klaxons on repeat on his ipod over the past few weeks.

What can we expect to see/hear from you in 2011?

Our first E.P Cannons and drums is due to be released in February. (Date tba but check our myspace and facebook pages to keep you updated). We’re planning on playing as much as we can get away with between Glasgow and Edinburgh and may even organize a Scottish tour. Hopefully a decent handful of festival slots as well although line ups are yet to be announced.

Tanera Heights - Endgame


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