23 May 2011

Fresh Meat Monday - Blank Canvas

Would you care to introduce yourself?

We are Blank Canvas from Edinburgh. Callum (Vocals) Daniel (Guitar) Douglas (Bass) and Arran (Drums)

How would you describe the music you make?

This is a tough question that we always find irksome to answer. Obviously it’s a reasonable question to get and its one I find myself asking peoples in other bands myself. The music can be abrasive but also more tightly wound and sombre. Bradford Cox (Deerhunter) came up with “Ambient Punk”, which I’ve always liked and felt a connection to, although I’m unsure as to what extent it fits the music we create.

How did you start out making music?

Me, Arran (Drummer) and Douglas (Bassist) had been playing music in bedrooms and garages since we were around 14. Callum joined a year or two after that and everything seemed to come together nicely in that period of time.

What process goes into the way you write songs?

It varies, but almost always begins with an idea or motif that comes from an individual that we then flesh out as a band. Sometimes we have vague abstract ideas about what sort of song we want to write but almost always that falls away to chance and happy accidents. This can be frustrating but is also the reason that writing songs is so exhilarating, as each time the trajectory of a song being written is like a voyage into the complete unknown.

What can people expect from your live shows?

Seeing us live is the best way to engage with our sound. Although we are pleased with the recordings we have made, they don’t come close to capturing how we can sound live. Until we can record and produce our music properly, the live gig is where we are happiest to be judged.

What are you all listening to at the moment?

A couple of recent records that have grabbed our attention have been produced by British groups, which is fairly unusual as for quite some time the majority of our attention has been on bands from America or elsewhere in Europe. Callum (Vocals) has been listening to Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira`s new project Cats Eyes a lot, who are very good. Me and Douglas recently caught Mount Kimbie at The Bongo Club in Edinburgh, and they’re record “Crooks and Lovers” has been on heavy rotation since it was released. From America I’m very much enjoying Odd Future, the Earl album is fantastic as is the Jet Age stuff.

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

In terms of the near future we are playing at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on the 22nd of May. The songs that appeared on the “Veins” EP were written two or three years ago when we are all only 17, so we have a lot of stuff that we want to record. We are still undecided as to which recording route to go down, be it going into the studio again or getting all the equipment together ourselves and recording it at home. We tend to have a short attention span and get impatient when not writing new material, but getting the songs that we’ve written in the last two years recorded and out into the world is our major priority at the moment. A new website is also in the works, so we can vent more frequently which is always a good thing.


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