Termites are a Bristol band who seem destined for great things, they’ve just recently released their second EP, the rather wonderful Less Is More. Add to that the fact that they are just ever so slightly off the wall and you have the making of a band that could fill a lot of column inches in the near future. Until then though we’ll settlefor them filling ours as we put some questions to them.
Congratulations on the release of your new EP and thanks for taking the time out to talk to usâ€¦
No problem thanks very much
The three tracks on the Less Is More EP are very varied in style and influences, whatâ€™s the one thing youâ€™d like a listener to take from each of your songs the first time they listen to them?
An overwhelming sense of well being.
Are things as frantic in the recording studio as they sound on a track like Boltgun?
It depends what weâ€™re recording. Weâ€™ve found that different songs require different moods in the studio to get the desired results. Certainly, with my drum take on â€œLess is Moreâ€? we wanted to create quite an urgent feel so I tried to hype myself up and get a bit angry. Boltgun was just a lovely crazy experiment that worked. Tim had recorded this great demo of it using lots of wacked out samples so when we came to recorded it properly we built the base of the song with the samples and then we all played over the top; so in effect there are two drum tracks. I think it gives it that messed up feel. Lighten the load was the complete opposite, late at night, relaxed and weary. That atmosphere made that song, I think.
How did you find working in the now legendary Rockfield Studios? It must be quite inspiring knowing some of the bands that have gone before you and what they have produced in there?
It was cool to meet the eccentric owner of the place who never stopped telling us plenty of hilarious stories about all the bands who had recorded there. It definitely felt like a special place and a place you could get away from everything and just concentrate on what you wanted to get done. However, once the recording started we didnâ€™t really have time to stop and think about the history of the place. It was pretty cool to play the same piano â€œBohemian Rhapsodyâ€? was recorded on!
How is the recording going for the debut album?
The main sessions havenâ€™t started yet but demos are finished and the final preparations are afoot. We canâ€™t believe weâ€™re about to record our first album, weâ€™re all very excited.
Youâ€™ve just been playing some dates with Redcarsgofaster and The Modern, how has that gone for you and are you fans of both bands or did you just get thrown together on tour?
We just seem to have got thrown together on tour; Leeds was one of the best dates we played whilst we were out on our little adventure. We liked Redcarsgofaster but electro pop circa 1980 is hardly our thing.
Club Demento in Bristol is run by yourselves, can you tell us the idea behind running a club night and how its gone so far?
The idea behind Club Demento was to get bills together of local bands, bands weâ€™d met on the road and our good selves. Add some great DJâ€™s and youâ€™ve got a recipe for a good night. Club Demento is clearly the best night for a club ever which can only help.
Have you had any disasters or near crisisâ€™s that youâ€™ve had to manage in respect of the club night, having run one ourselves we canâ€™t believe that itâ€™s possible to run one without something going wrong at some point?
Our first night we had to compete with a sold out Kaiser Chiefs gig which was difficult, some of them turned up later on which was nice, and some members of Nine Black Alps. Other than that our adoption of German efficiency has meant that we hardly have a thing go wrong and if it does we pretend it doesnâ€™t.
As well as the band and the club night I understand we also have a budding film director and producers in our midst. Are any of these things a distraction to the band or have they helped you?
I think they have only helped us. Ali runs a recording studio which has meant we have a great place to rehearse and record and Tim gets free holidays (to attend film festivals) which means we get plenty of time to talk about him behind his back.
And one final daft question to finish with, Set Yourself On Fire, the title of your EP from earlier this year, sage like advice for suggested suicide or an emotional or physical reaction that Iâ€™ve misconstrued for the sake of a question?
We try to make the titles of our songs orders to the general public. Set Yourself on Fire comes from our endless dynasty of instructions which will ensure that we will soon rule the world of pop.