St. Jude the Obscure
Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with St. Jude the Obscure find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Adele - The band consists of myself (Adele) and Christian. We kind of already knew each other from around the Liverpool music scene but didn't properly meet until 2013, my old band were looking for a new member so we took Christian on and have played together ever since. He always jokes by saying that I sat in an upright chair with a clipboard when we interviewed him for the band all that time ago, I don't think it was that formal though!
The band name is inspired by the Thomas Hardy novel, 'Jude the Obscure'.
Christian - and St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, which is apt for us.
When I first met them Adele and Sian (who plays with us too), they were sitting upright in high back chairs, in the upstairs of an empty former cinema, it was terrifying. Adele claims that I'd snarled at her in a club one time before we met too, I don't recall this...
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
A - I was brought up listening to Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush and I'm still a big fan of them now. They're the kind of people that are ingrained in your musical history so you always have phases of going back to them. I listen to a lot of Sufjan Stevens, Nick Cave, Big Thief, Mount Eerie and Grouper these days.
C - As a child I only listened to Michael Jackson, I remember my parents having records by the Beach Boys and Kate Bush when I was a young, but I only really started to love them when I started making music myself, still now their arrangements and instrumentation really inspire me. When I started getting into music as a teenager, I was drawn to the likes of Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Eels, music with texture and tactility, and atmosphere. It’s still what influences me, music that you can almost touch.
How would you describe your sound?
A - Ethereal is a word that's always thrown about a lot. Poetic.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
A - Our new single is called 'I'm the Wolves', it's a song about independence and freedom of spirit, the need to escape a somewhat chaotic world and to reconnect with the simplicity nature.
What’s your local music scene like?
A - Really exciting at the moment, well, Liverpool has always been a place where great music has come from but there's a few new acts coming through currently that are pretty interesting.
C - Yeah it’s cool, loads of really nice people there, all pretty supportive of each other.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
A - We just want to keep putting out music that we're proud of, to play gigs in beautiful / unusual venues (we love a good church), to travel a bit, to have people enjoy our shows. That's all we wish for really.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
A - A collab with Majical Cloudz / Devon Welsh would be a dream.
C - It’d be really good to do some more collaborations with visual artists, or film makers, we’ve done a few bits here and there, it’s something that we really enjoy, maybe we could collaborate with a Luca Guadagnino or someone.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
A - This isn't funny really but it's sweet... We played a gig in The Royal Philharmonic a couple of weeks ago and after we got off stage a little boy in the crowd ran over and gave me a big hug for a few seconds and then ran off again without saying a word. It was only very brief but it was a lovely little moment.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
A - We're playing at The Castle in Manchester June 12th!
C - I’d like say nothing and to leave an air of mystery…