Tanya Donelly and David
Narcizo have just come into AV Deck for a quick chat - hi, welcome!
T - hi
D - Hi!
So you played in London last night - how did you think it went?
T- I thought it was great- I had a great time
D - yeah, it was fun
T - yeah,
D - it was a three show tour so I think we were just warmed up for last night
Its been a while since the last one hasnt it? So what have you both been up to?
T - well, weve both had children. not together! we each have a child with other people and Ive basically been focusing on that and then in and out of the studio. Hes been a lot busier than me!
D - musically Ive been working with T, and I did Kristin Hershs second to last
(jo interrupts thinking he means artwork on Sunny Border Blue, when he actually meant the Sky Motel tour)
D- no I didnt do that one, I did the tour - I didnt play on any of it, but I did the tour. Apart from that my wife and I started a graphics design business so thats pretty much what we focused on most of the time
oh cool! I was gonna say, Im hearing about you playing in so many bands at the moment, I was wondering what takes up your time, working or doing that?
D - actually I play with a songwriter in the town that I live in and this guy Bob Kendall, I also play with him, pretty frequently, local stuff annnd I think that s it?
T - I think were allowed to talk about the Muses thing too
D - ahh yeah, we recorded with the Muses
(both look at each other, should they be talking, jo says Billy has announced it now on the Throwing Music board)
T - I was asked about it before I did that interview, in fact before I did the singing!
I think everyone thought it was inevitable, what with the two Gut Pageants...
T - oh you know, its all gonna come down on me,
T - I get this feeling of foreboding
D - yeeeaaaah I think youre right! No, theres documented proof there...
T - oh I know.. I know
D - its been talked about... its all of a sudden.... lets get back to me! Ive been doing a lot of graphic designing, in the last six months there has been a ton of music going on for me between the Muses record and this and Bob Kendall so...
And what about Lakuna?
D - I would love to do another Lakuna record, I just cant figure out how to right now. with time. But I know Bernard Georges who plays bass with the Muses I know hes interested as well, so Im thinking about trying to get him to start it on his own and Ill join it in progress
T - wow!
D - and thatll be the best way to get it done - hell have a lot more time to spend on it
Moving on to Beautysleep, quite an album, it was released just in the last week, how does it feel to be back again?
T - good! you know it was weird, when we played Glasgow, Id been kinda assuming, pompously, that once I got on stage it would all come back to me totally natural, but I got up there and.... holy s....!!! I didnt feel natural, it didnt come as quickly as I thought it would, but by the time we played the second show, I felt I was back in the swing a little bit
Are there any more singles planned from the album?
T- I dont think so, no. The Storm wasnt technically a single, we havent been going for anything really
You did well over here on the radio
T - yeah, that was a lucky coincidence
I was going to say as well, apart from all the Throwing Muses stuff thats going on, theres also going to be a Best Of Belly released this year, how easy was that to work on?
T - it was hard actually, Rhino gave me a list of songs that they were thinking of and then I sent them my revisions, then we kind of went back and forth several times until we came to a final list, then I wrote the liner notes for that, which was the hardest homework Ive ever been given! It was just really difficult to do
A lot of people have seen the tracklisting and its getting a lot of good feedback, especially having Lilith on there
T - yeah, Im glad that it has a place to go - I really like that song and it was really hard to place anywhere for a long time, so this is a good place to put it
Its good as well, it has quite a few rare tracks on there
T - yeah, you know what, its really cool
yeah, the french version of
T - the french version of Judas my Heart which I really love, it sounds so beautiful. I think its gonna be really good. And if I can use a bad psyche 101 term, it was really cathartic for me. I was really afraid to go back there again, but as I was going through it a lot of good stuff came up and it was a really nice thing to do
Going back to Lakuna, I was asking you this before, but do you remember the track you did, prior to the album, which never made it onto the album...?
D - I totally forgot about that, and what it was called - it had cheerleaders on it... (fact fans, the track is called Cheerleader and is unlikely to see the light of day...) I cant remember, it was so long ago
T- oh! Dean knows what it is - because he was disappointed that it wasnt on the album - hell know
D - I dont even own it.. it was done separately
Both of you have been involved with 4ad now for a lot of your life - how does it feel to have kind of grown up with the label?
T - 15 years, 16 years
thats a long time! And loads of different bands as well
D - the building keeps changing and moving
T - but the heart remains
So really, just to finish off, what kind of stuff do you have planned for the future - I noticed a lot of your stuff is sounding a lot more countrified.. is this your new direction.. moreso the direction everything now is heading
T - I think that the next record will go further in that direction and then Ill get it out of my system. A lot of the songs that Dean and I are writing now are country flavoured. Ive been listening to a lot of it, so I think its working its way in!
D - it seems like its a very natural style for you as well
T - yeah, I feel really comfortable singing it
I noticed on songs like After Your Party you sounded comfortable with it and your voice came through like the record
T - you know, Ive always been attracted to it, and Ive always liked singing it, but I kinda shied away from it for a long time, like I didnt have the right to sing country music, cause Im from New England which is about as far from Southern Gothic as you are here, so I kinds thought it might be an affected thing to do. But I dont care. So.
And a cool new website!
T - Oh YEAH! oh. do you ever visit it?
yeah, and I left a message after you said on the stage last night (Tanya had asked someone to tell the webmaster she was having problems with the tour blog, and could they let him know)
T - I tried again this morning. Theres something wrong with the software on the computer. I got the right number, for out of the country, the right kind of cord, I sat down cause I thought I had it all together and its my computer
he actually said she didnt use the name John Dark did she
T - whhy?
D - why?
I dont know...
T - gasps... is that a secret?
no no! he uses it a lot, but I dont think anyone knows his real name and you do obviously
T - ohh nooo
dont worry, I think he was laughing about it - dont worry, youre not in trouble! O no I feel really bad now, Im making you feel like youre in trouble
T - dont worry, this happens to me every day
and then what can we expect, apart from a possible Lakuna - what about the other bands, is anything going to be released?
D - like I said, Id love to do another Lakuna record, but if I did, it wouldnt be this year
Any exhibitions as well?
D - ooh Im glad you mentioned that - I need to talk to you about the videos .. nothing planned. when I get home Im gonna talk to Bernard and see if we could get ???/ but otherwise, the graphic design thing is really the forefront for me right now
so chances are, the next gig well see you at apart from the May gig, will be the next Gut Pageant
T - apart from the May gig...
are we allowed to say about it?
T - I think so, Im not gonna have any information anyway - we are coming back in the first week of May sometime to do a show with a bunch of other bands. Its an uncut magazine festival thing
D - its one of those days. It goes on for 3-4 days
T - hey, so where is the next Gut Pageant then?
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