#9 Women in Music: Clare Carter (The Horn the Hunt)

Clare CarterOver the course of April, DrunkenWerewolf will team up with women filling various professional roles in Britain and abroad, to talk about the finer details of feminism and its application to the music industry. Rather than lambaste common topics such as heckling and media coverage, we hope to address issues that often go unrecognised but are equally as important to discuss. The instalments are in association with our 2013 article Grrrock and the Ratio Argument, and the current issue of DrunkenWerewolf Magazine, a Women in Music special.

Our Editor Tiffany Daniels chats to the Leeds based band about their forthcoming new album Terrafidella, covering Neil Young and what makes them tick.

Clare Carter in Interview

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Hello! Your new single “Starless” is amazing! What influenced you to write it?

Thank you! I was visiting family in France a few years ago. It was New Year's Eve and the night sky was mega cloudy. It really dawned on me that the sky was exactly how I was feeling at the time... I was supposed to feel excited about the future but something was obscuring my desires and instincts. It's coming from a very unhappy, exhausted place and I wanted to write an uplifting song out of those feelings.

There’s a pop sensibility to the song that arguably doesn’t feature in your previous material. Have you ditched the experimental?

I've never thought of us as experimental, just a band that has no loyalty to any particular musical genre so anything goes. We love pop ballads and hardcore; I guess the soul in music is what's most important to us - the stories and the emotions - rather than the style or the vibe.

You directed the video yourselves. What inspired the psychedelic water shots?

The video was filmed in this remote valley near where I grew up. I used to imagine all kinds of stories in that place, and one of my favourite things was swimming in the river. The psychedelic stuff is a bit like my mind trying to make exciting things happen - nature porn! - to cut through the northern gloom and the harsh black and white self-judgement.

The b-side to “Starless” is your cover of “Heart of Gold” – potentially a very depressing song but spiced up for your version. What made you go with a Neil Young song and why “Heart of Gold” specifically?

Mainly because it's one of our favourite songs. And we're grunge kids; Neil Young is arguably the Grandad of all that. He seems to communicate this sense of being a loner, of not fitting in and not caring one bit. But at the same time he obviously really wants to touch people and make a difference. That mix of emotions speaks to us a lot, and this particular song of his explores them particularly well.

Depressur Jolie is now several years old and your new album Terrafidella is out soon. Do you have a release date yet?

Early June. It's a double album - hence the delay!

Who did you work with on the album?

We write, record, produce, mix and master all our own music. But this time we worked with a drummer - Conor Lawrence - for all the beats. And there's some trumpet and saxophone in there too, performed by a couple of our friends. The whole album is played by human beings for once, and the synth is analogue, so it has a very different soul going on to our previous stuff. This was initially an experiment to push ourselves, but now I doubt we'll ever return to programming beats - but I never say never! - the organic nature of working in this way is more challenging and equally seductive.

Will “Starless” feature and do you think it’s representative of your new direction?

Yes it will feature and I suppose it is a good indication of the dynamics of the album. Moving away from programming stuff has allowed us to embrace our musical roots more, and better balance the different elements that interest us in music. So I think we're only just beginning to find our feet with this album.

You’ve chosen some notorious locations to record material. Where did you record Terrafidella and where’s next on your wish list?

We recorded it in different rooms and studios around West Yorkshire. Being a DIY band and working with a drummer means that for practical reasons we have to stay local at the moment. Before we used to do everything on a laptop so could record in the middle of nowhere, but now finding a good sounding room to record the drums takes priority. I would like to record an album in the Canary Islands one day - I'm a bit of a volcano freak! - the idea of making music on an active volcano with palm trees and cacti on the edge of Europe is too exciting a thought for me!

Will you be touring the UK to celebrate?

We have just started performing as a 5 piece band for the first time, which feels and sounds amazing, so I'm hoping we'll get to tour later this year.

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