OK, right, dial the number. That's good, the phone's ringing, and they're gonna pick up any second, phew, maybe this isn't as easy as I thought. I'm on the verge on my first EVER interview (sure I did an email one with Team Rocket for my previous site, but you don't actually have to TALK with them), and besides, this isn't just ANY band, this is Klang, new project of one Donna Matthews (guitarist of Elastica for the unitiatied), I mean, she wrote 'Connection' for gods
OK, the phone's clicked into life, get the dictaphone running, "Hello" says a warm voice, German accent softened by years spent in London; it's Isabel Waidner, around who's looping basslines Klang's sound is built. Donna's there too, but drummer Keisuke's still in bed, so I won't be speaking to him.
So, where to start? (in my nervous state, all my notes have got jumbled up) Well, I guess the start's as good a place as any.
Donna: "Isabel works in a record shop in Islington & I was there looking for some records, we got chatting & basically decided to get together to do some music. Keisuke we met in the shop as
Donna Matthews - Vox, guitar
Isabel Waidner - Bass
Keisuke Hiratsuka - Drums
well - he was buying some records & we saw he had drumsticks in his back pocket, so we got chatting & that's how we got started."
So the band started experimenting with the set up, eventually starting to gig under the name Klang (the German for 'sound'). The music produced drew from krautrock, post punk and lo-fi, with just a hint of Donna's musical past shining through in the vocals, or the occasional guitar line. Being able to create like this away from the music industry that had driven Elastica into the ground was a liberating experience;
D: "It's more of a creative process, and because it's so fulfilling, the end result of it is not that important - what we make is the important bit, and if people want to listen to it, that's great, but we're not really interested in the whole music industry & selling loads of records & going on tour. Doing things small scale is the way we like it."
And what they made was debut single 'LOVE', a limited edition seven inch on the Damaged Goods label, so is this low key release a way of staying out of the spotlight, not wanting to be put through the media wringer again? After all, had she wanted, Donna's past could easily have been exploited enough for at least the odd NME article;
Isabel: "I'd see it just as something that we've made at that moment in time that we thought it was enough just to release on a small label, we're probably just going to keep putting stuff out on that level until it suits us to be on a different level."
D: "What we're doing, it just feels like it's not a sort of mainstreamy thing, it doesn't feel like we'd want it to be either."
This way of thinking, coupled with the band's uncanny knack for weaving tunes that are at once both fragile and jagged, brought them to the attention of Sean Mclusky, who immediately snapped Klang up for his latest Sonic Mook Experiment CD, and a tour with Erase Errata;
D: "We're quite similar in ideology to Erase Errata, although our music's quite different, but the sense that they're just into being creative. I wouldn't say it's a scene though, we don't fit into the post-punk scene. That Sonic Mook CD, I wouldn't say we're actually like a lot of the bands on there, but there's bits of it obviously, that we are like".
"It is nice to be involved in it, because I do like a lot of the
songs on the CD, although I don't like the cover!"