Would you like to introduce yourself.
We are a band called North American War. We are based in Glasgow but originally we come from all over: Anna (voc/guitar) is from California and Germany, Paul (bass) and Frew (drums) are from Glasgow, Jodi is from Sheffield
How would you describe the music you make:
Frew: Abrasive and melodic
Jodi: The opposite, I'd say
How did you start making music?
Anna: It was Paul's first shift at the bar that I worked at. He came in and promptly started insulting me. He was incredibly loud and obnoxious, and I thought: who is this idiot? Then he suggested we do a band of WWII covers. I didn't actually expect him to show up at my house the next day. He did.
Paul: I thought Anna looked like Anne Frank and started bullying her. After we had a few songs we got together a full band line-up. On drums I got my friend Frew who hadn't been talking to me since I was last in a band with him.
Anna: Jodi took over for Michael last summer, though it kind of feels like he's been in the band all along--- not only because Jodi is an old friend, but also because we had previously been on a US tour with him and his band Fur Hood.
What process goes into the way you write songs?
Jodi: That's true
Frew: Trial and error; collaboration
Anna: Every other song is hell to create, in part because of the weird structures of our songs.
What can people expect from your live shows?
Anna: I've generally noticed that we're a lot noisier and heavier than people who have only heard our recordings expect.
Frew: Energy, from me anyway.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Anna: Yoshi Wada's 'The Appointed Cloud' is something I listen to almost every day. Yoshi Wada is a sound installation artist from the New York fluxus movement of the 1970s and 'The Appointed Cloud' is an hour long, drone-y piece created out of homemade pipe instruments that sound a bit like bagpipes. I don't listen to much drone but this is incredible. I've also recently gotten into this this Japanese rock opera by J.A.Caeser, The Index, Cambodian Rocks and I also listen to a lot of old pop like the Beach Boys, Lee Hazelwood and Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg.
Paul: Lee Hazelwood, La Sera, Roy Orbison, Dinosaur Jr. and Holy Mountain – which is one of the best recorded thing I’ve heard in ages. Also this week I found out about a band called Grand Theft, they are from Detroit, around 1971. The sound is proto metal/punk in the spirit of the MC5 but funnier.
What can we expect to see/hear from you in the future?
Anna: We have a 7” coming out May 30th as the precursor to an album we plan to release in the Fall. We will be doing a bit of touring. Below are some of our dates. We will probably be heading down to London and Brighton at some point this summer as well..
2nd June - Manchester, Kraak. Jubilee All Dayer
3rd June - Leeds, Wharf Chambers w/ Palms, Beards and D. Millard
5th June - Glasgow, Captain's Rest w/ Cloud Nothings
21st June- Glasgow, 7" launch, The Old Hairdressers
26th August - Doune, Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival