Thursday, 19 September 2013

Q & A with Blouse

Over Labor Day Weekend I went to the Crown Victoria bar in Williamsburg to hang out with Portland trio, Blouse. When I arrived, only two-thirds of the band sat at a picnic table, finishing off dinner and drinks: bassist Patrick Adams (left) and singer Charlie Hilton (centre).

"Oh, Jake's gone to get his keys or something," Charlie said, as she finished up some soup. In the end, Jake wouldn't make it to the interview, after a fiasco of being locked out of someone else's apartment (still without his own keys) and running back and forth between two apartments before their album launch party at Glasslands Gallery was due to start.

But I spent plenty of time with Charlie and Patrick, talking about everything from their shift away to alt-rock from synth-pop to Galaxie 500 being one of the best bands ever. As I was working on the feature for Noisey's Style Stage vertical, conversation turned to aesthetics and visuals too, and all the hints Charlie dropped about their as-yet-unreleased video for single "A Feeling Like This" really made me want to watch it. Immediately.

Their album, Imperium, came out on September 17 via Captured Tracks, and has already received some rather excellent reviews. It blends moody baselines with Charlie's whispery vocals, to create the sort of scuzzy fuzz-pop band you'd typically expect to find fronted by a guy, sometime in the mid-90s. I'm into it. 

Get the physical record here, digitally on Amazon or iTunes, and read my interview with the band on Noisey's site right here.

photo 1: © Tonje Thilesen

photo 2: © Anna Ignatenko

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