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Interview VO  (Paris)  20 avril 2006

Stuart Ashton Staples is a lovely guy, a gentleman with heart. His voice is like no others, soft and low, always on the wire, a fragile equilibrium. Like were the Tindersticks.

Sometimes, things are not like in movies or books. It's not so easy. But there is always beauty. Sometimes everything is turning on and you feel bad.

That is what Stuart Staples describes in his songs.

"Lucky Recordings" was a collection of songs recorded in three years, between 2002 and 2004. How was it for "Leaving songs" ?

Stuart Staples : "Lucky recordings" was growing in the studio because I was experimenting, reorienting the way the things were. I was expecting to reach the point where I need to finish it. I also had a wait for more traditional songs. I realized I wanted to make a complete album. I suppose two years ago I was adding to make it in parts. It was a tightly different approach.

Why this title "Leaving songs" ?

Stuart Staples : It was a time in my life. I tried to capture the way I felt. When I was with the band. In London . Living in a loft. The oldest song of this album is a kind of perspective, a preparing to make changes, leaving London .

With trumpets, duets, acoustic guitars, "Leaving songs" has a countryside mood.

Stuart Staples : It closes a circle form me. Since I started writing songs, a long time ago, country music gives me the way to write. I recorded with Mark Neves, from Lambchop. I needed to go somewhere. I need not to stay only with my acoustic guitar and record songs even if all the songs were composed with it.

Are your influences different from your work with Tindersticks ?

Stuart Staples : No. All of my writings, even with Tindersticks are a kind of flow of the way change. It's near the same influences. It's not a very different approach. It's still a look to particular things. Yes. I try to understand particular things.

And the way you are working now ?

Stuart Staples : It's really different. I have to complete the songs. Before, I approached what they needed musically. I was writing a small part and the song grew up like the words were growing up.

It's very different in that way. I have to be a lot more disciplined, involved. I have to be totally convinced with the strength of the songs and then decide what to do. When you are working in a band, things are just a starting. For me a solo recording was a challenge : the first time in my life I had to complete songs.

Members of Tindersticks are playing with you…

Stuart Staples : Two of them. On tour.

They don't decide anything ?

Stuart Staples : No. (laughs) In fact, they decide a little bit. They do what they like because I want to work in a way giving musicians an idea and give them the possibility to be themselves. If I like the way somebody play, we can build a conversation.

You have played several shows ?

Stuart Staples : A few.

How did you feel ?

Stuart Staples : In fact, I will play few more shows like in Paris in June (ndlr : le 24 juin 2006 au Cabaret Sauvage). At the beginning it was trials. We played for show, something grew up and now we all want play more. It's nice because it's like a band, note only rehearsals.

Do you plays Tinderstings songs ?

Stuart Staples : No.

Is the Tindersticks page definitely turned up ?

Stuart Staples : I think a page of it is turned. We will make a new page. When you work so long time in a certain way, with six people, it's very difficult to change. We need space, time, different perspectives, to play together in a different approach.

And if it doesn't happen ?

Stuart Staples : It will happen ! Everybody in the band hopes the right time to come back.

Why did you wait so long time to record your solo album ?

Stuart Staples : Inside a band, it's a very scary place to do that. It takes a lot of courage to get independence. I've very much enjoyed the times, what we did.

But I also enjoyed the freedom to be far, getting what I need, playing particular songs, developing particular ideas.

What is the time you prefer in your carreer ?

Stuart Staples : They are so many… Certainly the way we worked. It was like capturing a little, precious, thing.

Where do you find inspiration for your lyrics ?

Stuart Staples : It's about life but not always true stories. Songs came from the feelings and the rhythm of few words. Just few words can grow up to be a great songs. It's not necessary linear or the truth. It's more about the basic feelings of the moment.

Final question : can you describe yourself in three words ?

Stuart Staples : Hmm… No. (Laughs).

But it's always our final question… People used to answer it…

Stuart Staples : Definitely no. (laughs). But I'm sure many people could describe me in three words ! (laughs).

Thanks Stuart for your kindness and your songs.

 

A lire aussi sur Froggy's Delight :

La chronique de l'album Lucky dog recordings de Stuart Staples
La chronique de l'album Leaving songs de Stuart Staples
Stuart Staples en concert au Festival La Route du Rock 2006 (samedi)
L'interview de Stuart Staples (20 avril 2006)
La chronique de l'album Waiting for the moon de Tindersticks
La chronique de l'album The hungry saw de Tindersticks
La chronique de l'album Falling down a mountain de Tindersticks
Tindersticks en concert à La Cigale (26 septembre 2003)
Tindersticks en concert à Folies Bergères (5 mai 2008)
Tindersticks en concert au Festival La Route du Rock 2008
Tindersticks en concert au Grand Théâtre (mardi 2 novembre 2010)
Tindersticks en concert au Festival Beauregard #4 (édition 2012) - Samedi
Tindersticks en concert à Splendid (jeudi 11 octobre 2012)
Tindersticks en concert au Fil (dimanche 14 octobre 2012)
Tindersticks en concert au Festival Les Vieilles Charrues 2016 - du vendredi au dimanche
Tindersticks en concert au Festival La Route du Rock #26 (samedi 13 août 2016)
L'interview de Tindersticks (janvier 2010)

Crédits photos : David (plus de photos sur Taste of indie)


        
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# 9 mai 2021 : Toujours plus proche de la sortie

On apprend par coeur le calendrier de dé-confinement, on espère les vaccins au plus vite, retrouver les salles de spectacles, les restos, bref on serait presque heureux. Pour le moment, voici le sommaire de la semaine avec la Mare Aux Grenouilles #27 samedi et un concert/interview de La Reine Garçon le 22 mai. Suivez la chaine Twitch.

Du côté de la musique :

"Flux flou de la foule" de Françoiz Breut
"Eiskeller" de Rover qui nous en parle en interview
"Let's do porn" de Captain Obvious
"The moon and stars : prescriptions for dreamers" de Valérie June
"Van Weezer" de Weezer
"Le grand secret des oiseaux de sable" de Ceylon
"Electron libre" de Hae-Sun Kang
"Chronicles of an inevitable outcome" de Intraveineuse
"Autobiographie Pirate" de Lady Arlette
"Vous écoutez quoi en travaillant ?" la 10ème émission de la saison 2 de Listen In Bed avec Guillaume Long, Flavien Girard et Francis Bourganel
"Augustin Pfleger : the life and passion of the christ" de Orkester Nord et Martin Wahlberg
"Beneath" de Tremor Ama
et toujours :
"Once" de Maxwell Farrington & Le Superhomard
"Drôles de dames" de Fabrice Martinez, Laurent Bardainne et Thomas de Pourquery
"Statistic ego", de Fauxx
"Fallen chrome" de Jac Berrocal & Riverdog
"Nikolai Tcherepnin : Le Pavillon d'Armide op 29" de Henry Shek & Moscow Symphony Orchestra
"Bal Kabar" de David Sicard
"Surrounding structures" de Veik
"Amnésique, mais d'une bonne manière (avec Francis Bourganel, Guillaume Long et Flavien Girard)" 9ème émission de Listen In Bed saison 2
"A Tania Maria journey" de Thierry Peala & Verioca Lherm
"Can't wait to be fine" de We Hate You You Please Die

Au théâtre au salon :

avec les captations vidéo de :
"La Mélancolie des dragons" de Philippe Quesne
"Richard III - Loyauté me lie" de Jean Lambert-wild
"Bestie di scena" de Emma Dante
"Ali Baba" de Macha Makeïeff
"Noire" de Tania de Montaigne
"On ne voyait que le bonheur par Grégori Baquet
"Aimez-moi" de Pierre Palmade

Expositions :

en virtuel :
"Valadon et ses contemporaines. Peintres et sculptrices, 1880-1940" au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Limoges
"Matisse, comme un roman" au Centre Pompidou
"Gabrielle Chanel - Manifeste de mode" au Palais Galliera
"Luxes" au Musée des Arst Décoratifs
"Léonard de Vinci" au Musée du Louvre

Cinéma :

at home :
"Les Beaux Jours" de Marion Vernoux
"Les Garçons sauvages" de Bertrand Mandico
"Un amour de jeunesse" de Mia Hansen-Love
"Hyènes" de Djibril Diop Mambéty
"De bruit et de fureur" de Bertrand Mandico
"Cosmos" de Andrzej Zulawski
"Cria Cuervos" de Carlos Saura

Lecture avec :

"Une toute petite minute" de Laurence Peyrin
"Rome, naissance d'un empire" de Stéphane Bourdin & Catherine Virlouvet
Rencontre avec Olivier Bal auteur de "La forêt des disparus"
"Le mari de mon frère" de Gengoroh Tagame
"Le bal des folles" de Victoria Mas et "Ici n'est plus ici" de Tommy Orange
et toujours :
"Patti Smith : Horses" de Véronique Bergen
"Les sorcières de la littérature" de Taisia Kitaiskaia & Katy Horan
"Je ne suis pas encore morte" de Lacy M. Johnson
"La famille" de Suzanne Privat
"Le brutaliste" de Matthieu Garrigou-Lagrange
"Les fossoyeuses" de Taina Tervonen

Bonne lecture, bonne culture, et à la semaine prochaine.

           
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