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Matthew and Paul from It Hugs Back (singer and bass player respectively).
spoke to Music Zine on their support tour to The Joy Formidable
(Words - Phil Greer)
MZ: You guys have such a unique sound, did you always set out to play like this or was it accidental?
Matthew: Well we weren't conscious about the music we wanted to make but I had written a load of songs which we then played together.
Paul: Once we heard how the songs played we knew how we wanted to be.
MZ: Who would you say were your biggest influences?
M: Well for me, Sonic Youth especially their Soft Chimney stuff.
P: I'm heavily influenced by Stereolab.
MZ: Do you all sit down and write music together or is it just one of you?
M: Well I write lyrics and music and then we all come together and see how it sounds.
MZ: How long is it you guys have been together? I know you've been friends since you were kids.
P: Well we've been functioning together as a band for 3 years.
M: Before this we were all in separate bands. We had never really done anything together.
MZ: Your first album "Inside Your Guitar" is out on the 6th of April, how do you feel about it after 3 years together?
M: We're really proud of it, really pleased. We'd done 4 different singles before we put together the album.
P: We wanted to see what the album as a whole would be like. It was a challenge as we'd done all these different singles, but it worked and it's really good to see it work as one.
MZ: You seem to be touring non-stop. How is it being together all the time?
P: We know each other so well we can just be together. We know when someone needs their space and if we ever argue we can just move on afterwards.
M: It's funny but to economize we even share a hotel room when we're touring.
MZ: Have you ever shared a groupie?
M: Haha no not yet!
P: We don't know each other that well!
MZ: When did you sign to 4AD?
M: We signed last summer to Too Pure who were part of the same group and then they merged.
MZ: What's the relationship like between you and 4AD?
M: It's really good, we wanted to make sure we signed with someone who didn't enforce rules on us. Like who to work with, how to sound and stuff.
P: We always recorded our own stuff and they wanted us to keep with that.
M: They bought us new equipment, like better microphones and things.