After releasing the video for their latest single ‘Man Out Of Myself’ on November 7th, we caught up with South London Band Imperial Daze to get their take on the 10 questions!
Where did your band name come from?
Choosing a band name is a mixed bag of emotions and can ultimately be quite defeating, boring or simply just random. Initially we were going to go with ‘Imperial Bedrooms’ after the Brett Easton Ellis book of the same name but it all felt a bit pedestrian, clunky and maybe even ever so slightly contrived.
We ended up with ‘Imperial Daze’ which sits in that space of being loaded with meaning and at the same time saying nothing at all. It could be construed in the following way: In this new Brexit age of absurdity and crisis of european identity, we are the product of an imperial daze, at a crossroad of unity or division fuelled by the promise of an uncertain future and of fading tales of past glory. It also sounds like it could be the name of a new strain of weed. Or whatever, it’s just a band name. Up to you.
What made you want to get into music?
It’s just always innately felt like the right thing to do. There’s a carnal urge to make music that satisfies our natural desires for harmony, and paradoxically, for disorder. Everything in its right place sort of thing. That being said, when you try to carve a career for yourself in music, you do have to be patient as, just like in a marriage, once things get serious it’s not always a bed of roses. You have to remember the feeling that made you want to get into music when you’re lugging a drum kit up a metal spiral staircase in the rain…
Best venue you’ve ever played and why?
We’ve played Omeara in London twice and we love it. The room itself sounds great and is really beautiful. The stage is deep and built above the bass bins so you really feel the power of the bass and kick drum. It’s a 5 minute drive from our studio in South London. You can park right outside the stage so loading and unloading is a dream. And last but not least, the backstage area feels a bit like a Mexican hacienda which needless to say is very cool.
One band/artist you’d love to support?
So many! Grizzly Bear and Tame Impala do come to mind first though. It would be fascinating to be able to watch them from the side of the stage every night, to witness the intricacies of how their shows are put together, to geek out over their gear and ultimately to get to know the people that make the music that inspires us.
What’s the greatest love song ever written?
Felix chooses: Luis Mariano “Maman, la plus belle du Monde”
Alex chooses: Nilla Pizzi “Eternamente”
Facundo chooses: Air “Playground Love”
Tom chooses: Gorillaz “On Melancholy Hill”
The best album that you’ve heard this year?
Felix chooses: “Con Todo El Mundo” Khruangbin
Alex chooses: “Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino” Arctic Monkeys
Facundo chooses: “Giving In” Club Kuru
Tom chooses: “Forever” Jungle
Most underrated band/artist of all time?
Department of Eagles have never really got the widespread appreciation they deserved. ‘In Ear Park’ is a masterpiece.
What was the last song you streamed on Spotify?
“Too Slow” by Tin Foil Astronaut
Which three artists/bands should we be looking out for? (Musically, not for Criminal Offences)
Ryder The Eagle. A french crooner who sits somewhere between Bukowski and Casablanca.
Invariance. A south london jazz band that probably have an average age of 19 who make Herbie Hancock tracks sound like the future.
Hezen. A seamstress of dark pop sensibilities who has an absolutely mesmerizing quality to her live performances.
What do you want to accomplish next as a band?
After building our own studio this year we now want to make some great records in it and take them to a bigger audience across the UK, Europe and wherever the ticket will sell. You can catch us next in London at the Sebright Arms on Feb 13th
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