Thursday, 6 October 2011

Interview: Remember Remember

After the album launch of Remember Remember's second album The Quickening at Glasgow's Stereo bar, the project of Graeme Ronald is re-emerging as one of the strongest talents on the Scottish music scene. Attracting respect from fans and musicians alike with beautiful, complex and intelligent instrumental music; Ronald is proving himself to be one of the few musicians who can balance incredible knowledge of the theory behind his music whilst maintaining its soul.

Air3: How would you describe your sound? A lot of musicians described as Post Rock dismiss the tag themselves, do you feel this way about being associated with the genre?

Graeme: I always associate the term Post Rock with certain music from the late '90s, but I also know that the term was used even earlier than that. Surely by now we must at least be onto Post-Post-Post Rock? As a genre, in its most limited sense, it conjures up the idea of very guitar heavy instrumental music, I would like people to acknowledge that in our music we use a far wider range of instruments than just guitars.

Air3: What can we expect from a Remember Remember show?

Graeme: The next show we have coming up is at the Planetarium in Glasgow Science Centre, with the cosmos as our light show. As far as visual accompaniment is concerned that will take some beating, we usually build our sets out of cardboard boxes.

Air3: You briefly played with Mogwai, how did this come about?

Graeme: It was really unexpected, they needed someone to help out with their live shows on extra keyboard for a while. I had been playing in this band called Multiples around Glasgow, and I guess I caught their attention.

Air3: Tell us a little something about The Quickening.

Graeme: The Quickening is Remember Remember's second album, I think it's a lot darker than the first one and more densely orchestrated. I'd like to think it has a global sense to it, taking aspects of musicial traditions from various parts of the world, it's still pretty Scottish too.

Air3: You use some unusual things to create music with, why is this? What are some unusual things you've used?

Graeme: In the past I've used scissors, a hole punch, a sellotape dispenser, lighters, matches, suitcase wheels, mobile phones and various other things. I'm always asked why I do this and there's no better answer other than it's fun!

Air3: The band has grown quite considerably since its beginning, do you prefer playing with a larger band to playing solo?

Graeme: I would never be able to play these songs, or even most of the songs from the first album either, truly solo. The sound of a big band playing together, the combination of the sound and melodies, the huge wall of sound...that's what it's all about for me. Playing on my own is fun, and I get to play around with more "gimmicky" stuff like playing my phone through my guitar pick-ups and stuff but more and more, the stuff that I write for the band is specifically written for those instruments and musicians.

Air3: Who are you listening to at the moment?

Graeme: I'm listening to Goblin a lot at the moment, the soundtrack music they made to a lot of the Dario Argento films. There's an amazing band based in London called Clorinde who are really worth listening to. I've had Angelo Badalamenti's theme music for Twin Peaks on a lot as well. I definitely seem to be drawn to Italian things at the moment.

Air3: What does 2012 hold for Remember Remember?

Graeme: Who knows!? I can only hope to build upon the good reaction that the new album has (so far) had, get to tour and travel as much as possible and get working on another record.

Remember Remember's second album The Quickening is available to buy and download now.

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