We caught up with Cry Monster Cry after their gig for the Coffee House Sessions Tour!
The Coffee House Sessions are a series of live acoustic and semi-acoustic performances from some of the UK’s hottest singer song-writers and acoustic musicians.
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Last year we were joined by the likes of Seafret and Hudson Taylor to name a few…
You’re coming to the end of Coffee House Sessions, how has it been for you so far?
It’s been good yeah. It’s been busy and lots of driving around. We’ve got to see some lovely parts of the country and met some great people. It’s been a good experience overall. This has been our first trip to the UK doing a tour, we were over in September doing a few shows but this is our introduction to the audience over here. So it’s been nice to bring our music over here and to meet people and share what we do with them.
What is your favourite thing about touring?
I guess getting the chance to reach new audiences. We’re from Ireland so we’ve got to the point where we’re quite established over there and people know who we are. I’m excited to bring our music to new people who haven’t heard it before and see where it takes us.
Have you found the music scene differs over in Ireland or is it quite similar to over here?
It’s hard to say because we’re so familiar with the Irish music scene but it’s quite small as it’s a small country. Whereas here there’s so many people and there’s such a high level of talent, it’s more difficult to stand out from the crowd. We’ve only done a couple of gigs in London and Bath so I guess we’ll have to take some more trips over to see.
How were the London and Bath shows?
They were really really great. We were surprised as it was our first time from home. We were lucky enough to put a record out last year, we’re an independent band so weren’t expecting much of a stretch to the UK but it was the best feeling that audiences over here want to know what you do.
You’re also playing a headline gig back in Ireland in April, what plans have you got for that? Do you guys play just as a duo or with a band?
That depends on the venue and the size of the show. We’re doing today as a two piece, just like in small venues where you can make it really special. Some of them are going to be bigger and we’ll have a full band behind us. Especially our hometown show, we last did that in October and we sold it out so we’re hoping to get back there with the band and make it another big night.
What was the journey from the first time you picked up an instrument to today?
When we were kids our parents sent us off to learn music, I learned violin when I was four and James learned piano a few years later. We were always surrounded by music, and I think because we’ve been playing music for so long it’s kind of a second nature thing. We got older and I just kept it up, I scored guitar and was in bands. I did that for a few years and then 3 or 4 years ago, me and James were messing around and it sounded really good, we’d never thought about it before and thought we should try it. It was actually friends of ours who asked us to write a few songs and after that got a great reaction, people seemed to love what we did. Then people started asking for an EP, then people started asking for an album and more music. After that we got offered festivals and now here we are three or four years later.
Have you been playing at many festivals and do you have any plans for future ones?
Last year we did all the main festivals in Ireland which was a real experience, we got to travel around playing to some amazing audiences. This year I think we’ll be in the studio, but they’re always great to do and always fun.
How did you find recording the album?
The album was out about a year ago now. When we were in the studio we were writing and recording at the same time. It was quite a lengthy process, it took a year and a half to finish. What we tried to put on there was a mix of the sides of what we do. There’s a mix of more acoustic songs, keeping it simple, then we tried to put in some heavier stuff with strings, drums, bass, electric guitar. There’s kind of a journey throughout the album where that progresses, from start to finish the sounds change. We recorded it in Dublin quite near to where our home town is by the seaside. It’s a little studio run by a friend of ours so it was a great place to be able to write and record our music. Then we released it, now with the internet you can sell your music anywhere online. It’s on Spotify and we have an online store. The reaction it got was great and we were able to ship it all over the world so that’s why we’re now touring more extensively outside of Ireland.
Do you reckon that being able to record in a nice place by the sea affected how the album turned out? Could you have made a completely different album if you’d had to record in a city, for example?
Absolutely. I’ve always been a firm believer that when you listen to a record you can tell what was going on in that person’s life at the time. I think if we’d recorded in the city it would be a completely different album, but that appeals to me. You’re supposed to be able to feel where we were at the time when you listen to the record. Hopefully we’ll be able to record somewhere else as we’d like to do something different for the next record, change things up a bit.
A lot of your artwork has birds on, is there a reason for that?
There’s a theme of birds running through the lyrics and sounds as well so we kind of took that as inspiration, taking a bit of inspiration from nature. We like to tie that in with the artwork and the imagery for that album. The artwork on the album is done by a Columbian artist who makes all of those birds out of paper so we love the organic feel to it. For the EP we also had a photograph of mountains and waves which we thought would tie in nicely.
In terms of releases as well, where do you go from releasing the first album?
We don’t really have a plan but have been working on some songs. Whether we do an EP or and album who knows, it’s not decided yet.
Have you got any plans to tour Ireland or come back over to the UK?
We finish here and then go back over to Ireland to start a tour in March and that will take us to April. Then our plan will be to get back over to the UK as soon as possible to get back to different audiences over here. We’ll keep doing what we’re doing, trying to share our music with them.Upcoming Events