Third Outing talked to Dune Witch Trails before the release of their second EP Waving At Airports.
3rd: Hello Dune Witch Trails, could you introduce the band for the Third Outing readers?
Hi, we are Billy, Kieran, Kevin and Graham, we live in and around Glasgow and play in a band called Dune Witch Trails. We've been a band for just under a year.
3rd: Could you describe Dune Witch Trails' sound in one sentence?
Big stupid rock anthems, mainly about cars.
3rd: Let's talk about Echo Park? White Pickets is such a good song!
Echo Park was recorded in one day at Kieran's house in Summer 2014 with an old Tascam Portastudio onto second hand tapes bought at a charity shop. At that point the band was just Billy and Kieran playing everything. Some of the songs were written previous to the day of recording and some of them were written on the day.
"We gained two members, Graham (on drums) and Kevin (on bass). They've each been important to the sound of our new record Waving At Airports"
3rd: Echo Park was released last year. How has the band evolved in one year?
Since we released Echo Park we've become a live band, prior to that we hadn't played a gig. To recreate the sound of the recordings, we gained two members, Graham (on drums) and Kevin (on bass). They've each been important to the sound of our new record Waving At Airports.
3rd: So, Waving At Airports is next...?
Yes, we recorded Waving At Airports over three days at the amazing Green Door Studio in Glasgow with Stu Evans. The songs were recorded straight to reel-to-reel analogue tape. Green Door was a wonderful and inspiring place to record and gave us the chance to use some really cool equipment such as an old Roland Chorus Echo and a Plate Reverb built by Stu himself.
The Waving At Airports songs were written over a couple of months with the 4-piece lineup and as such has a bigger and better sound than Echo Park.
3rd: What's the other half of 2015 going to be like for the band?
Other than touring, the plan is to continue to play gigs and begin writing and recording a full length album.
3rd: What's on your ipod these days? And the best gig you've been this year?
On our collective iPods, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Master P, Stereolab, Soft Machine, Devo, Sun City Girls, Lil B Swell Maps, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Young Thug, Astrobrite, Group Inerane, Stitches, Karl Blau, Time of Orchids, Steaming Coils, Guided By Voices, Hellier Ulysses, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Darkthrone, The Microphones and Ice-T.
The best gig we've been to this year would probably be Viet Cong in Glasgow, for those of us that managed to get a ticket.