ARCHIVE / Interview / Part II
In part one of our interview with Archive they talked religion, art and Americana, and now they get real with Hunger TV, telling us why they’re imaginations are better than porn and why Lady Gaga needs to stop thinking she’s Madonna.
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YOU DESCRIBED ‘WITH US UNTIL YOU’RE DEAD’ AS AN ALBUM ABOUT LOVE IN A NON-FORMATTED ARCHIVE WAY. HOW DID YOU DEAL WITH THE ‘LOVE’ THEME?
Danny: We simply wrote about what was going on, it is quite honest.
Darius: If you listen to Pollard’s vocals, they are crazy, fucking crazy.
Pollard: It is love in a very realistic way. We all have experiences and I had one of those relationships where you never knew how it is gonna be, totally fucking fiery and feisty, she was really fucked up and really on my case sometimes. It is real, this is the thing, it comes from experiences without making candy coded shit up. “Take My Head” was much more romantic.
LOOKING AT YOUR VIDEOGRAPHY ONE CAN NOTICE A LOT OF CLOSE UPS, LIKE IN ‘VIOLENTLY’ OR ‘BULLETS’. HOW DO YOU APPROACH YOUR VIDEOS?
Darius: We are always trying to discuss it a lot at the moment, we are making two videos very close together but I don’t really know. Let’s be honest here, in an ideal world, I don’t think there would be music videos, music is much more powerful, you need to feel it when you hear a note. Quite honestly the most beautiful thing about music is that you haven’t got a visual representation. The beautiful thing about The Beatles is that they haven’t a visual reference, beside the Abbey Road’s insides. It is a clear thing to me, imagine a video for fucking “Because”.
Danny: It is like watching porn, I don’t need it. My imagination is so much better. Listening to music is something real, a much better experience than seeing it.
Pollard: Ideally we like to work with people who have their own impression, that have a strong connection with the music. We are always hoping to find somebody that fits just like… the right person for a relationship or friendship. In my perspective, there is no difference between music and visual. When you listen to music you have a visual experience with your imagination. Visually, anything that looks strong and powerful looking at it. It is a lot about imagination, music and lyrics open to interpretation
YOU COMPOSED THE MUSIC FOR MICHELLE VAILLANT A FRENCH FILM BY LOUIS-PASCAL COUVELAIRE. WHAT OTHER TYPES OF FILM WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMPOSE FOR?
Danny: A porn. No, it is a hard thing to say. I like Johnny Greenwood’s soundtrack for Norwegian Wood and Ennio Morricone’s work. The Mission for example.
Darius: 2001: A Space Odyssey is the greatest movie for me. They used Strauss’ music and it was crazy, nothing was compromised in that movie. Also Vangelis’ Blade Runner and the music of Snowtownis fucked up, so emotional.
Pollard: Something that has the same intention and articulation, that we actually know it is going to be interpreted visually as our music. It has to match, Michelle Vaillant did not match, the music was great but the film was shit. It is a fact.
THE LYRICS FROM RECENT TRACK ‘SILENT’ AND ‘INTERLACE’ ARE VERY SHORT TRACKS, ALMOST JUST LIKE POETRY. EXPLAIN YOUR WRITING PROCESS.
Darius: I wrote with Pollard the end of a song called “Invisible”, the rhythm kept going always more progressive and Maria came around. We got into it but I did not have any song for Maria and Danny was not there, he was on a crazy weekend. We came up with this amazing melody as it is and she wrote the first lyrics but then we were stuck. We didn’t have any chorus and Danny came in very drunk and said “silently I love”. That was it and it is pretty much Maria’s character in the song, she is a very silent person.
Pollard: I would have loved to release “Invisible” but it did not fit in the album.
WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR?
Danny: I am hungry for wine and cheese.
Darius: That’s a very interesting question. I think it is a difficult time for musicians, the radio is so insane, everyone is chasing this madness. I am hungry for honesty, being true to what you do artistically. The film industry suffered a lot more than the music. When you wanna make a film there is a lots of money involved, music has still lots of alternatives, you could make a song in your bedroom. There are great bands coming out I was in the Foals’ last night. You always have to compromise for money if you want to make a film. Massive compromises, it is very difficult to find a great movie.
Pollard: There is a huge gap between people who do it because they have worked for it all their lives and this star-mania X-factor reality. It is misleading for young people who would like to make music. We understand this is what we love and we will fucking do this until we’re dead, sorry if it sounds cheesy. Personally, I am hungry to have people making great music for the love of music, to forward music so it is no longer retro, it is no longer played off to the idea of the past. It is not copying, it is original because you know the history, the present and you sing the future, to me that is very important as an artist. I feel like what we are doing is something different and original, no matter what press we get, we don’t have money surrounding us. As a band we always do what we love, it may sound cheesy but when you listen to all of the shit and all of the money pumped into these cheesy stuff and sounds, even in Italy and you know it most of all. We were talking about all these artists in the rest of the world and we were scared. They have money and not for the right reason or their talent, come on, Lady Gaga you will never ever be half as good as Madonna it is just the way that it is, sorry. The thing that music and films do have in common is that music does not depend on a medium like any other art form. You don’t ask people if they do you like music or films? You ask what film do you like and what kind of music they like. Music is more honest, everybody will always gonna understand music. Whereas you can take a Van Gogh to a tribe in the Amazon and they might use it to fetch a hole in their roof because they don’t understand the impression of what it is as a painting. There is no medium for us.
Danny: It is like a language spoken by anyone.
Darius: I do love Van Gogh but that is another story. I have seen “The Sunflowers” The National Gallery borrowed, I did this tour with the religious stuff, Gauguin and Van Gogh, some paintings got lend from Amsterdam. They have amazing colours, it is extraordinary, this guy cut his ear off but I find his paintings so optimistic. Everyone says they are intense but to me they represent freedom! His art to me is freedom. This is the beauty of the world.