We speak to London-based band Arrows of Love about their new single, William Blake, and Marmite on toast
Working with London producer Rory Brattwell (S.C.U.M., Male Bonding, Kasms) and mastering guru Bob Weston of Shellac - Arrows of Love have been lauded as one of the most exciting new live bands in London. Having recently won XFM’s ‘X-posure Hot One’ title, Arrows of Love's debut EP, ‘Burn This Town’ and cover of ‘In The Year 2525’ were championed at radio by Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and Rob da Bank. With only 20 physical copies of the latter released - each was sold alongside a different piece by one of 20 artists interpreting the 1969 song’s imagery. The pieces were exhibited, both in their own gallery space and as a flash art mob at the Tate Modern, before being auctioned alongside works by legendary photographer Steve Gullick, as well as students from London, Paris and New York. With an ever-revolving line-up featuring the likes of Hush The Many, Jamie T, Courtney Love and Turbogeist, we expect big things for the band after playing alongside British Sea Power and 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster.
...so special about you, then?
That really isn't for me to say. I hate it when people sell themselves. Noone likes an elevator pitch. I'd rather let people decide for themselves.
...your worst vice?
I'm an addict. I get addicted to everything. It's been a big problem. Music's the only good thing i put that madness into. Everything else is pretty destructive.
…the story behind your name?
It's from a William Blake passage. I don't think i could explain it, but we put it on our myspace so people can read it. It's fine as long as we never write a love song.
... your favourite sound?
I like thick guitar feedback. I like birdsong. Roland Juno 60's. The sound of a pot on the boil. And the sound of people breathing up close.
...your worst fashion secret?
Capes. It's all about the capes.
... good for breakfast?
Marmite on toast or a Bacon sandwich.
...at the top of your shit list?
Scenesters and politicians.
...are you listening to now?
I'm listening to Shellac, who I recently discovered and are now my favourite band ever - noone has ever made a guitar, bass, and drums sound so fat. And some 80's Matchbox B-Line Disaster, who we played with recently, and a little known band called Pissin Boy, who rehearse in my basement, and an old song called 'Jailbait' by Andre Williams.
How would you describe your work?
I think it's best not to. I prefer to leave the describing to other people and just get on with it. Live shows is where it all makes sense.
The new single 'Real Friends' is out now on Club The Mammoth