30 seconds interview: Rattle

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Rattle are a clanging duo of drummers who pitch tribal percussion and building beats against wistful girl-girl harmonies.

Their hypnotic sound isn’t augmented by anything fussy or frilly, instead Katharine Eira Brown (also from Kogumaza) and Theresa Wrigley (also from Fists) get back to basics with bare bones simplicity.

Over the last year, the Nottingham duo’s post-punk austerity and skilful songwriting has seen them tour with Sleaford Mods and The Julie Ruin, while they also earned a slot at the latest Supernormal Festival.

Now signed to the inimitable Upset The Rhythm, and with a cracking album in the bag (August’s self-titled debut), they go into 2017 stronger than ever.

We caught up with the pair to learn more about what’s in store…

We started making music because…
Katharine: We first started making music as Rattle by mistake really – in some ways it was a happy accident. It was the kind of music you might make by yourself and really love, but worry that it was too idiosyncratic and no one else would feel the same. With two people making it and liking it we had the shared confidence to pursue it.

We have been making music since…
2012.

Our music is…
Not dance music but danceable non-dance music, hypnotic, hopefully something that comes across live really well as well as be enjoyable on record

You’ll like our music if you listen to…
This Heat, ESG, NISENNENMONDAI. Music to dance to as well as zone out to.

Our favourite venue is…
Theresa: In Nottingham, The Chameleon and JT Soar. In the UK, the Brudenell Social Club and Wharf Chambers.

Music is important because…
Katharine: It brings people together, it’s harmonious even when it isn’t harmonious, it can take you to a pure place away from any worries or stresses you might have, it can inspire and rouse you.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Katharine: Things that I haven’t heard before and go against the norm.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Theresa: I think our set up lends itself to adding or subtracting other artists, we’d love to collaborate with visual artists and filmmakers as well as other musicians. Doing a film sound track to say a David lynch or a Shane Meadows film, that would be a dream.

To try us out, listen to our song…
Stringer Bell (see below).

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Theresa: Still going to gigs, still listening to music, still talking about music, I think if you like all that why not get involved in some way by playing and doing your own thing.

In 10 years’ time we want to be…
Katharine: Still limber, spirited and energetic.
Theresa: So many ideas still to go through, we’d like to be able to keep on going as long as we still have things to do, starting with recording a new album next year, videos, live shows, and it goes on…

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Top image by Simon Parfrement

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