London outfit Uncanny Valley make their debut on label Snap, Crackle & Pop with three original songs that make up the Chain Store EP. Siting somewhere between post-punk gloom and DIY techno, we spoke to the trio to find out more.
The name Uncanny Valley speaks to the collapsed space between synthetic and ‘natural’, which seems to us to be a distinctive feature of the present age.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what first got you into music?
We are Owen Jan Rusty and David. We all do different things and arrived at making music in our own ways… One common denominator might be as some form of escapism, a way of colouring in everyday life and the need to produce something in an unalienated way.
How did the band get together?
Jan, Owen and David met through working for M. Goldstein, a businessman based on Hackney Road. We became aware for Rusty through his excellent band Dogfeet.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from to form your musical and thematic style?
We’re attempting to create something new but the things we listen to must seep through in some way. While making these recordings I remember listening to a few Roy Orbision recordings also Johnny Thunders, Crass and Add (N) to X. I don’t think what we’ve made sounds like any of these bands but there were elements in these that I found interesting.
How would you describe your style?
Why the name, ‘Uncanny Valley’?
It speaks to the collapsed space between synthetic and ‘natural’, which seems to us to be a distinctive feature of the present age.
What’s been the best moments of 2017 for you?
Playing with our friends Schwefelgelb at Moth Club in November was a real pleasure.
Tell us about your EP Chain Store. What are its themes?
It’s difficult to condense what was discussed when we made these songs but I’m pretty sure we weren’t thinking in terms of themes. I prefer to let the listener draw their own conclusions.
Which track on the EP was the hardest to finish?
They were all fairly quick. ‘Popcorn’ seemed done early too. So maybe ‘Nowhere to Nowhere’, that one needed a little bit of wrangling with the structure.
Which are you most proud of?
‘Chain Store’ - which is also the track that seems to have most bemused reviewers.
How did the remixes by Manfedas and Mondowski come about?
They are friends of Harry from SC&P, the label who we released the record with.
What are your hopes for ‘Chain Store’?
I simply hope people hear it and it partially enables us to continue making music together. We’ve been working on a lot of new music that we’re keen to release soon.
What’s coming up in 2018? When and where can we expect to see you on tour next?
There is a tour planned but nothing’s confirmed yet. Should be happen in March and another in April in Europe. Our next show is at Tense in London on Tuesday, February 20th.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
There are many, it’s tricky and I don’t think we’d all be in agreeance. Diamanda Galás has an amazing voice. I’m working on a track that I think would suit her. Marc Almond, David Tibet, there are many!
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Don’t concern yourself with the details.
Listen to Uncanny Valley on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to uncannyvalley.co.uk.
To pre-order Chain Store, including Manfredas and Mondowski remixes, go to juno.co.uk.