PHOTO: Peter Kaaden
A little masterpiece – that way german magazine The Gap described the self-titled debut album from Copenhagen-based Reptile Youth. Since the release of their debut album things literally took off. Festival-stages have been conquered at places like CMJ, Roskilde, Øya, Paléo and Iceland Airwaves and major venues sold-out at places like Pumpehuset and Lille Vega – all of it thanks to a we-know-how-to-handle-you kind of attitude and some infamous live performances.
In January the band unveiled the first single ‘JJ’ from the follow up to the 2012 self-titled debut album, a follow up that goes by the name Rivers That Run For A Sea That Is Gone and is set for release on March the 11th. Where the previous Reptile Youth album focused on electro, this new single indicates a shift towards more of a psychedelic shoegaze sound. In connection with the release of their second album they will host three shows in Copenhagen (13.03), Aalborg (14.03) and at Voxhall in Aarhus on March 15th.
As support they will bring Icelandic Grísalappalísa. Tickets available here!
First of all, congratulations on your new single ’JJ’. It differs quite a bit from the other stuff we’ve heard from you guys previously. Did Reptile Youth grow up? Tell us about the track.
I don’t know if we grew up. I don’t think so. But we got a little older. And I think its important to move. Actually we didn’t think too much about it. At was very natural for us to take this turn. And I still think you can hear the youth in the music. At least you can hear the big noisy gab between childhood and adulthood. Somehow that is very present on this album.
Reptile Youth started off as just being the two of you, how has switching from that, to a full size band on the new record changed the dynamics both in terms of sound and the group itself?
The fact that we took in 3 new people has definitely colored the record a lot. If you know the guys they are easy to hear on the tracks. And they for sure made us so much better. I’m really happy that they wanted to help us. It has also been nice dynamically. I believe in open creativity. I believe in letting others push your stuff around. To a certain degree of course. It has been really interesting to see how this process has been. Both when it comes to the good stuff, but also the bad.
How do you feel about the hype and buzz surrounding you guys right now? Do you feel the pressure of having to deliver once again on the new album?
I feel happy that people pay attention to what we are doing. And I don’t feel any pressure at all. Quite the opposite actually. I feel exited to move on. To start showing the world that we can be a lot of different things.
And with your new sonic alteration, can we expect the same infamous live performances? On your last tour you had the hyped Broke as warm up and this time you have Icelandic Grísalappalísa with you. Why this band?
We are still the same band on a stage. And since we now have 2 albums to choose from we have a way stronger foundation for creating something coherent and strong. We just started working with the new live set and I have a really good feeling about it. And yeah. Its going to be great to have Grisalappalisa playing with us. I like their music a lot. I guess you can say that they are an icelandic version of a combination between Danish Synd og Skam and De Høje Hæle. I am looking so much forward to seeing them live.
Mads, you recently joined forces with Esben Andersen in Slow Celebration. What about you Esben, can we expect to see you in other future musical constellations as well? And last but not least, can you give our readers a little inside scoop on the new album?
It is me (Mads) who are answering the questions. So I don’t want to say too much about what Esben is doing. But I can tell you that he is cooking on something. Exactly what it will be the future will tell. In regards to the new album I can tell that we had more than 40 songs ready for the album. But these 10 were the ones who made it. We picked the songs that meant the most to us. Not the songs that meant the most to a radio – Or to a record label. There is not a single song on that record that doesn’t deserve to live.