09 January 2012

Fresh Meat Monday - Imaginary Witch

Would you care to introduce yourself?

I'm reluctant to use the 3rd person, but we’re Imaginary Witch. For the moment it’s Coralie Bougerra on drums and Sandy Bouttell on guitar/vocals. Our name is meaningless and was openly lifted from ‘90s British comedy programming. It resonated with us both due to the presence of iambic trimetre and our collected love for the cat/broom/pointy hat.

How would you describe the music you make?

Well it falls into being labelled as Lo-Fi on account of our cheap instruments and lack of proper musical ability. But this is not necessarily a bad thing. Our music is not showy, nor does it want to be ‘cool’. It strives to make the listener feel elated and is usually under 2 minutes long. This is not a gimmick to appease the bobble-hat wearing hipsters. We’re happy being a slightly awkward, unashamed pop band. Some people say they've not heard a band like us in Glasgow, but it’s probably best to listen and decide for yourself.

How did you start out making music?

Putting ads online. Writing loads and loads of songs in bedrooms they would never leave. Never having the ads answered by likeminded types. Eventually having an ad answered that led to jams in a Southside flat that in itself led to me meeting Coralie. The songs just came naturally from then on in and the trademark, loose Imaginary Witch ‘sound’ was created.

What process goes into the way you write songs?

A lot of doing nothing (Unemployment breeds songwriting). At the beginning, David (who left the band as I started writing this!) and I would meet up at his flat and play a song to each other, break it down into manageable parts and work on building it back up again. The songs and melodies that were swirling about in my head would then be taken and sat down in a variety of libraries in order to start the laborious process of writing lyrics for them. I’m a big believer that the lyrics of a song should be able to stand up to scrutiny on their own and not merely be a collection of words or phrases. This ensures a greater possibility of pretentious poetry for the listener to enjoy/bemoan.

What can people expect from your live shows?

A distinct lack of star jumps and pick slides. Well we’re pretty raw and authentic but more than anything you’ll just be seeing two people having fun playing songs.

What are you all listening to at the moment?

90's Indie, bIG fLAME, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, The Fall circa ‘81

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

A bit up in the air what with going down to a duo at present, but we’ll regroup and be playing gigs in the new year.

If I Were a Dinosaur by Imaginary Witch


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