With the planet staring extinction in the face, the current generation finds itself in a unique position that demands weighty conversations and vital activism.
It’s something that cinematic London outfit Another Sky are all too aware of, tackling the theme on their Leonard Cohen-inspired new cut ‘The Cracks’.
The second track from their upcoming EP once again shows the band’s penchant for social commentary and spine-tingling sonics, the latter providing the backdrop for singer Catrin Vincent’s inimitable vocal prowess.
The band are set to air ‘The Cracks’ and more at Coalition on Saturday 11th May as part of The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, so we spoke to Catrin before their short jaunt to the south coast.
How would you describe Another Sky to a stranger?
“Imagine a church inside a stadium. That’s our end goal, anyway.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Talk Talk, but we’ve spoken about that a lot. I guess lyrically and sometimes structurally Tracy Chapman, sound-wise early Coldplay. A lot of the sounds on the drum machine are influenced by Four Tet.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“Manchester on our UK tour. A whole room sang the words back to us for the first time, it felt electric. Or School Night in LA because we got to sing ‘Chillers’ to genuine Hollywood residents.”
You’re based in London – what’s your local music scene like?
“South East London has the best music scene in the world. You’ve got rappers like Nadia Rose, Loyle Carner…the post-punk scene at The Windmill in Brixton with Goat Girl and Shame…Brit school artists like Puma Blue and Jerkcurb…Goldsmiths alumni like Kate Tempest, La Leif, Heavy Heart and Leyendekker…The best thing about London is that it doesn’t feel like just one scene, it feels like micro-scenes happening on top of one another. You can’t pin it down. So many of these artists went to both Brit school and Goldsmiths, so many went to neither. Scenes overlap, collide and influence each other.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Arlo Day – a friend of ours, just signed to Domino records. She’s ridiculously talented and her EP is such a VIBE.
Melquiades – another South East London friend, all the way from Spain, who’s just about to drop an ambient album on his own record label, Canigou records. It’s absolutely stunning.
WOOZE – We met them at Hidden Herd Festival 2018! The most interesting band around right now, they just did a KEXP session and you should check it out.”
You’re playing The Great Escape Festival in May – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing that weekend?
“Black Midi because we’ve heard so much about them, Flohio because we find her really interesting, Biig Piig who we discovered and fell in love with through Puma Blue…We saw the experimental Lucinda Chua in Dalston so we’re really excited to see her play!”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Another Sky?
“We’re playing Village Underground on the 24th September, our biggest venue to date. Get yourself a ticket to witness the spectacle.”