You can either travel by foot or by plane. The point is to get to the destination. Indie band Candy Claws takes us to their Virtual World Tour where everyone can get a ticket to their dreamy soundscapes. From Liverpool, Germany, to Switzerland–they stop by to visit the islands and give us a map to their continuously evolving musical territory. See their awesome interview (w/ a kickass a playlist!) and video after the jump.
What’s behind the name “Candy Claws?”
Candy Claws is really just two words that sound nice together. It’s the feeling of hearing the two words, or reading them. If you want to think deeply about the name, think of the contrast between sweetness and danger, for it is a true scientific feature of the world around us.
Describe your music in 5 words.
Dream Dream Dream Dream Pop
We really love the album In the Dream of Sea Life and of course its cover! You guys seem to have a keen sense of atmosphere. Tell us about your favorite places and how it has inspired your work.
Here are some places Kay and I have both been, which we love with our hearts: Hawaii, Italy, the Mediterranean Sea. Places are like songs, they give you feelings without telling you in words. The feelings we had in these warm seaside places were very different than our normal feelings at home in the Rocky Mountains, so we made music to help keep those feelings and share them with the world and the universe. In October 2008 I had the grand opportunity to join my sister, mother, and grandmother on a trip to Luzon. Our unforgettable cousin Christopher drove us around all over the island and I met my extended family for the first time. So much food! Even balot! (Is that spelled right?) Anyway, I was able to make it to the seaside a couple times, in San Fernando and San Esteban, to record the sounds of the waves for the album. Then just a few weeks ago we visited Bucerias, Mexico and I took lots of great footage for our “internet tour.” This video you see today shows a hermit crab I found by following a curious little set of tracks in the sand.
What are your favorite albums?
Macha – See It Another Way, The Beach Boys – Today! and Pet Sounds, My Bloody Valentine – Loveless, Starflyer 59 – Gold, The Avalanches – Since I Left You, Bob Thompson – The Sound of Speed, Frank Comstock – Music From Outer Space, Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain, The Lassie Foundation – California
The difference between a tourist and a traveler is…
A tourist seeks entertainment; a traveler seeks enlightenment. Also, a tourist has money.
What are the challenges that you’ve encountered in your creative process?
Sometimes it’s hard to find the time and energy to create music. But instead of trying to overcome the challenge, we’ve embraced it. We’re living beings in a living world – we spend most of our time and energy making sure we have food and shelter. This is what most creatures do, and it’s nice to have that connection. It’s a good context for our music, the strange process of survival in a beautiful, deadly universe.
What can we expect from Candy Claws in the future?
In the Dream of the Sea Life sounds very 2009. In the future we hope to make music that sounds
Candy Claws and Firebreather also made Christmas songs just for us titled “Snow Girl” and “Tonight I Belong to You.” But before that, here’s their video for your viewing comfort! -TINDABS
Not Strange Winged Snail