Auction for the Promise Club
EMERGING fresh to my willing earbuds…
is the Cornish trio, Auction for the Promise Club. I HAD to ask where that name comes from – they, as it seems, will take that proprietary knowledge the icy depths of the grave! Not so inscrutable and secretive in other areas; I get the skinny on their new album, Silence, and a bit more on the songs included. Zoe White Chambers, her brother Toby and Perran Tremewan have a dynamic sound – I ask how the White Chambers met Tremewan and whether there was an instant connection.
The guys talk about recording at Airfield Studios with Paul Reeve (Muse; Beta Band) and what it is like being signed to Easy Action Records. I ask whether they caught Glastonbury – and if they had any highlights – what their favourite albums are and where they might be headed in the next few months.
Hi, guys. How are you? How have your weeks been?
Very good, thank you; busy as usual (like yourself, I’m sure)!
For those new to your work, can you introduce yourself, please?
We are Auction for the Promise Club: a female-fronted three-piece Indie/Rock band from Cornwall.
Did you guys watch Glastonbury? What did you make of it? Any highlights?
Big Radiohead fan. They are always magical.
It looked like a good line up; very eclectic.
Zoe and Toby, you are siblings. How did you come to hook-up with Perran Tremewan? Was it quite an instant relationship?
A friend called Kenver introduced Zoe and Perran.
They started playing acoustically first…then it got louder!
‘Auction for the Promise Club’ is an intriguing name. What is the derivation of the moniker?
Oh geez, I can’t tell you; no one can.
It’s secret, like the Coca-Cola recipe – we even have to fly on separate aeroplanes in case we all die in a plane crash and the secret is lost forever….
The video for new track, You Don’t Love Me, is out. Whose concept was it and was it quite cool watching it for the first time?
A very talented animator friend called Adam Taylor made it. He came up with the concept and made the video in an amazingly short space of time! Very clever stuff.
Your debut album, Silence is out now. I believe the record has been getting a lot of love. How encouraging is it to receive that kind of backing?
It’s so cool to have the collection of songs released as a package; a physical product to hold.
We have worked really hard, met some absolutely amazing people and had some awesome adventures. The support has been fantastic, fingers crossed we can keep building on it!
You recorded it at Cornwall’s Airfield Studios with producer Paul Reeve. What was it like working in that space with such an acclaimed producer?
Paul is a lovely guy; very knowledgeable and good fun!
It’s a special space. I can’t really describe it but it has the same feel as Abbey Road – the whole studio and the history – the previous people who have recorded there to the new projects going on.
Do you guys have a favourite song from the album or particular track that means the most?
Time to Breathe.
I know you have recently signed to Easy Action Records. How supportive have the label been and what changes have you noticed from being a label-band to your unsigned, previous state?
They have been really supportive. Such a great label to be associated with, nurturing us!
There hasn’t really been much change other than release plans and being a little more organised… a little.
Who are the bands and artists that you grew up to? Any artists inspire the sound one hears through Silence?
Massive bands like Radiohead, Placebo – and musicians like Björk and Nick Cave.
What plans do you have for the rest of this year? Any touring approaching?
We have plans to get back to Germany as soon as we can – we had a blast over there.
Fingers crossed for autumn.
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
If you each had to select one album each that has meant the most to you; which would they be and why?
Zoe: Radiohead – OK Computer
Toby: Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Blend of Pop inflexions and epic Alternative routes.
Perran: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Your Funeral…My Trial
Dark; cheeky; powerful.
What advice would you give to any new artists starting out right now?
Keep writing: it’s all about the songs.
Save up and work with people you know will do a top job recording the music.
Build a buzz and keep that momentum going.
Finally, and for being good sports, you can each name a song and I’ll play it here (not one of yours as I’ll do that).
WAXX – My Friends
Wolf Note – Move It On
The Reznor – Cruel & Kind
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