Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Wexford duo Basciville to find out more…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the name?
To answer the first two questions we are brothers Cillian and Lorcan Byrne, so it was inevitable we’d run into each other. We’re from a place called Nemestown in south Wexford, Ireland. The band name comes from The Sherlock Holmes story, spelt differently to avoid any confusion.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up there was always a lot of good music in the house. Lots of Pearl Jam, Jeff Buckley, Ry Cooder, James Taylor, Paul Brady, Joni Mitchell to name but a few. I guess they would all still be influences to us. Currently we are listening to lots of James Blake, Van Morrison, Bon Iver, Radiohead and Tigran Hamasyan.
How would you describe your sound?
A term we’ve been throwing about is 'rural gothic’. It’s basically folk music with classical colours put together with more modern production.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest release is For All Lost Youth. The EP seeks to explore our relationship with memory and all the ways in which we relate it to the idea of the self.
What’s your local music scene like?
There are lots of amazing acts to come out of Wexford the last few years, the area itself doesn’t have the infrastructure to support a big scene but the talent is certainly there.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We’re planning on being quite busy with touring in support of the release. We’re hoping to have an album ready to go in the Winter.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There’s so many artists we’d beg to work with. James Blake would be one, Thom Yorke or Benjamin Clementine. Closer to home someone like Saint Sister would be a dream.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We’ve had plenty of mishaps and forehead slapping moments on stage. I’m not sure if this is funny or sad but we once played in a pub behind a wall that blocked off the whole pub bar a small space people passed on their way to the toilet. We were essentially a jukebox. We can see the funny side now.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I guess that all intentions are honest and all support and love given is appreciated beyond sentiment.