Monday, 17 February 2014

Harsh.TV Does An Exclusive Interview With - Lifecycle

Q.Tell us about who you are & What you do?
We’re Lifecycle, a live band playing alternative tribal music … Nick plays broken beats on the drums, Tish plays a detuned Earth-shaking bass, and Geoff manipulates psychedelic textures with a guitar and laptop

Q: Describe your Music in 5 words 
It’s Quite Hard To Describe

Q.Please give your Fans 3 Fun Facts About you
Nick went to more than a dozen festivals in 2009 as photographer and journalist (and occasional drum circle crasher)
Tish thinks Prince is sexy (actually, all three of us do)
Geoff has played the 1977 disco Star Wars Theme in every DJ set for the past two years (and sometimes the B-side,Cantina Band)

Q. What makes your Voice Stand Out from other Artists? 
Without blowing our own trumpet, we play the deepest, darkest grooves in the City … and jamming through DSP workouts with a live band creates some unusual sounds … we feel we’re treading fresh territory

Q. Do you Write Your Own Material? 
Most certainly – the songs tend to start as peculiar little electronic sketches, which we bring to life through improvisation with the full band … there’s lots of jamming and tinnitus involved

Q: What are your Current projects that you are working on? 
We’ve finished the labour of love that is our new LP ‘Lino Cosmos’, and are releasing live videos of those tracks as a companion to the album. Our sound have heavy electronica influences, so some people are surprised to discover we’re a bona fide live act, bouncing off each other when the mood takes us. Looking forward to showing off our live chops this summer, supporting psychedelic legend Arthur Brown on tour around the UK

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? 
Still here, but with worse tinnitus. We have a lot of music to share, and hoping to connect with enough people to stay an independent band long into the future

Q: Where do you get your inspiration from? 
We all had religious experiences back in England’s raving heyday, and very much want to regurgitate the magic of that honeymoon period for dance music. Whilst writing Lino Cosmos there was a daily ritual meditating, drinking tea and eating hallucinogenic cacti – I think that had a big impact

Q: Who would you rather listen to UK or US Music? 
I thought the internet would have made us one big global sonic community by now, but the UK is still running the show when it comes to electronic music. London, Sheffield, Glasgow … bassy hotbeds. Maybe the UK is just so rainy and dull that it forces people indoors tinkering with technology? I did have the pleasure of playing at long-running electro night ‘Qöol’ in San Francisco – there’s some underground prog out there to give us a run for our money

Q:What Artist do you listen to? 
All the hipster bands we listen to are so obscure, no-one will have heard of them for years to come. Most of their names are comprised entirely of Wingdings symbols so they’re difficult to print, too

Q:Who influences your music? 
We’re part 60s psychedelia casualty, part defrosted 70s prog rock, part 80s drum machine, part 90s rave hybrid, part 00s breakbeat revival and part dystopian tribal future … it’s a broad spectrum

Q: Please describe your fashion style in 5 words? 
Tish Wears Some Crisp Threads

Q: How can people Contact you & Collaborate with you?
We have run independent record label Ricochet Records since 2007, and always on the lookout for new artists to develop, release, remix … best way to keep in touch is via our website:

Lifecycle Place the Camera’s Focus on Live

With gadgets aplenty and battered instruments on board, Lifecycle are road warriors of the electronic universe.  Fusing electro, breakbeat and sub-bass tribalism into a show that bridges the gap between dynamic progressive rock and dreamy dancefloor electronica, Lifecycle are musical necromancers designed to cast a brazen spell.  Using live instruments and vocals warped by MIDI interfaces and laptops, this is one band determined to stay live at the heart of everything they do.

So determined, that their latest single ‘Dissolve’, due for release on Monday 10th March, is accompanied by a live video performance as opposed to conventional music promo. With additional visuals by New York collective Pisces Virgo Rising, it captures a psychedelic snapshot of a band in their natural environment – no trickery or gimmicks: just pure live delivery of an artisan’s passion.

Their coming tour sees them join forces with original prog/technology pioneer The Crazy World of Arthur Brown on selected dates – meaning those shows will probably be the greatest visual and aural spectacle of any gig ever.

Listen to Lifecycle’s new single ‘Dissolve’ here:  

Live Video: 

See Lifecycle on tour during in Feb/Mar/Apr:

27th Feb         London                                The Monarch
08th Mar         London                                The Silver Bullet
21st Mar         London                                Dublin Castle
16th Apr          Salford                                 The Eagle
17th Apr          Wolverhampton              Robin 2                          Supporting Arthur Brown
18th Apr          Manchester                      Ruby Lounge               Supporting Arthur Brown
19th Apr          Sheffield                             Greystones                 Supporting Arthur Brown
26th Apr          Brighton                              The Haunt                    Supporting Arthur Brown

 “...rolling rhythm patterns wind around sophisticated chords and a bass throb that feels like an ocean current. The use of suspense without obvious release is very well realised, and the feel is of pleasures almost too intense to bear. All in all, a seriously powerful release...”


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