30 seconds interview: Great Pagans

Great Pagans

Far from being barbaric heathens of pop, Great Pagans are an introspective quartet from Brighton who brim with musical intellect.

Combining cutting edge technique with classic leftfield pop, they evoke the shimmering candescence of Cocteau Twins and the progressive melodic bent of Talking Heads or David Bowie.

The band came together in 2012 around Alex Painter’s central songwriting force, quickly integrating themselves in Brighton’s Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective and imprint, alongside Gazelle Twin (label boss), Bernholz and Acquaintance.

Having already won love from Artrocker, NME, Q and The 405 for the melancholic ambition of early singles So Pure and Happy Now, the band are set to unleash their atmospheric debut album Cupid in Error.

The set will be released through the Anti-Ghost Moon Ray label on 20 October and will be followed up by launch parties in London (2 November, Old Blue Last) and Brighton (6 November, Green Store Door).

We spent 30 seconds with Alex to hear about the band’s early beginnings and the artists who have informed their articulate sound…

We first started writing music because…
I grew up in a musical family so I never really questioned writing my own music. It was always more fun than playing other peoples.

We have been making music since…
I was a young kid, with mixed results.

Our music is…
Warm and melancholy.

You’ll like us if you listen to…
Eighties indie, Angelo Badalamenti, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, Grizzly Bear, Vangelis.

Our favourite venue is…
Brighton Green Door Store. It’s a charming scuzzy cobbled mess within stumbling distance from my house.

Music is important because…
It is abstract and tangible at the same time. It perfectly expresses the perfectly inexpressible.

Our biggest inspiration is…
David Bowie and Ian Mackaye.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Late seventies David Byrne. He appeared to be exploding with ideas, I wonder if it felt like it at the time. Or John Coltrane, he’d be pretty confused but I’d get to be in the same room for a bit before he walked out.

To try us out, listen to our song…
December, the first song on our debut album.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Earning a decent living.

In 10 years’ time we want to be…
Celebrating a large, flawless discography with our DIY label/collective Anti-Ghost Moon Ray.

http://www.greatpagans.com/

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