Q&A with Speak Easy Circus

Jack, the guitarist and vocalist from the Scotland-based Speak Easy Circus, answered some questions for us! Speak Easy Circus define themselves as indie, but with influences from jazz and punk as well.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES WHEN YOU MET?

My first impression of my bandmates was that I had to get them in a band no matter the cost. I really wanted to form a band that combined all the different music that I listened to but I was never able to find the right group of people for my own project though, until I met Jon and Chats whilst we were all playing in a different band together. When that band disintegrated I told them they would get all the riches the music world had to offer if they joined. I lied. That was around a year and a half ago and by that point it was too late, we were introduced to Frazer through a mutual friend and Speak Easy Circus as we know it today was formed.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS? 

Playing at King Tut’s was an amazing experience. Being based in Glasgow, it is a legendary venue where so many incredible acts have played so getting the opportunity to play there was a dream come true.

WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?

There are so many artists we would love to collaborate with, many that aren’t even in the same style of music that we play: Bon Iver, Kendrick Lamar, Vulfpeck, Rosalía. All these musicians are very different, which is why I think we would be able to create some cool music together! 

WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?

It feels like our favourite song changes all the time, at the moment it is definitely ‘Lions Should Hunt’ which will be released on the 22nd of January (plug-plug-plug). This is a song that we played live from the beginning and always went down well with audiences so it was great to get the opportunity to record it. The other songs that we recorded as part of that session are also favourites of ours, however they will be released later this year so we will keep quiet about those for now! 

I also think ‘Write It Down’ should receive an honourable mention, it is a meaningful song to me and I particularly love the music video which was a collaboration with a group of Spanish filmmakers. It was wonderful to see the tone and ideas of the song translated to a visual medium. 

Check out the music video here!

Another fun project we worked on last year was our ‘Quarantunes’ project, which was a way for us to keep sane and also be creative with what we had around the flat:

You can watch that on YouTube here!

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?

We are assuming that this is what you would order from a petrol station, if you were on a long trip (some Scottish cultural differences on show here potentially), but if that is the case then probably…Chili Heatwave Doritos, Kettle Chips, Lucozade, coffee. Pretty much anything that is good in the short term and bad in the long term! 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?

On a personal note, the most obvious non-musical influences would be writers such as James Baldwin, Hanya Yanagihara, George Orwell. We obviously love lots of TV shows as well – The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Chats (our bassist) is a big fan of anime – but in terms of writing songs I would say that writers are the biggest influences that aren’t musicians of some kind. 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? 

Start immediately! The best time to start was five years ago, and the second best time to start is right now.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR? 

Our new single has just come out, ‘Lions Should Hunt’, which we are very excited about. We have some more singles lined up for 2021 and potentially an EP is in the works. We want to keep developing as a band and playing together as much as possible. 

In terms of live shows we are going with the flow, we would love to play some festivals and shows in Scotland and further afield, but given the current situation we will play it by ear and take whatever we can!

Hopefully we will be playing Madison Square Gardens, but we will take it one step at a time!

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