CHVRCHES’ Iain Cook on the band’s next album and his dislike of Red Hot Chili PeppersBy Lucas Dean Fiser | April 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »
CHVRCHES guitarist and producer Iain Cook hasn’t been home in a while.
He actually hasn’t even had much time to think about how his musical career has gotten to where it is today. Within the last eight months he’s been busy with things like performing on Jimmy Fallon, winning Popjustice’s Best British Pop single of the year for the track “The Mother We Share” and selling out shows internationally.
More specifically, Cook has somewhat suddenly become a rock star since his band formed about three years ago. When he answered the phone last Thursday afternoon he was walking the streets of Hollywood, trying to speak over the sounds of car engines, a little more than 5,000 miles from his home in Glasgow, Scotland, and the basement in which CHVRCHES was born.
Between shows at Coachella and ahead of the electro-pop act’s sold out show at Denver’s Ogden Theatre, Reverb caught up with Cook to talk about writing a new album and their distaste of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
See photos of CHVRCHES at SXSW 2013 below:
Do you feel artistically influenced more so now that you’ve been in America and elsewhere touring or are you still influenced from your Scottish roots?
I think the former. I mean our music is a result of who we are as people and I like to think I have changed in a major way since those songs (The Bones of What You Believe) were written.
In your Redditt AMA from earlier this month, Lauren seemed saddened that you guys where compared to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers by a fan. Personally I don’t understand that comparison. But why is it you guys disagreed?
I am glad that you said that. We are not big fans. When I was younger I really liked them. I saw them a few times. But I just find their lyrics so God awful. They are a great band in terms of the core of the band, probably one of the most accomplished bands. But I just can’t get by their lyrics. So I don’t know where the comparisons are coming from.
Yeah, I have to agree.
But anyway, Lauren also mentioned on your Reddit AMA that “The Mother We Share” went through a bunch of drafts–what was so difficult about getting that song to where you wanted it?
I don’t know. It was one of these songs that started in no particular way it. We kept trying to play it in half time. It wasn’t working, though. It was so bare bones but it wasn’t until we let the song breathe a little bit that it worked. It was like giving up on those things you are attached to and so we just needed to give it room to go.
My favorite song on the album is “Recover” — that track has so much love and heartbreak. Any specific story behind that?
A lot the lyrics are written by Lauren but we collaborated on a lot of our ideas (for this album). But maybe — I don’t know — it was all our relationships that gave the lyrics to that song, which is very personal, but it was one of those songs that we were really affected by as well.
Have you thought about your next album at all?
It’s a funny thing isn’t it? It was eight months ago that we started this project but ever since then we have constantly been on the road. We can’t really write on the road, but most our ideas come by being near our equipment back home. But it is something that we think we are going to throw ourselves into this summer.
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