The fruits of Solomon Grey‘s labor have finally come to show with last week’s release of their ultra-catchy, electro-influenced Firechild EP. We chatted with the duo — Tom Kingston and Joe Wilson — about this long worked-on project, their influences, The Wire and being mysterious. Check it all out after the jump.
STREAM: Solomon Grey – “Gen V”
You have spent over three years working on the Firechild EP. How has it evolved over that span of time?
When you work on a project for so long the nature of the beast changes all the time but it stays within the same parameters. We knew what we wanted to do, we just kept finding things out while we were doing it. You end up knowing every single bit of your baby, but we thought if we did it completely separate from anyone’s input we would make exactly what we wanted to make, without any compromise. The result is that we feel so protective of it that it’s hard to let go, but we’re learning.
You’re currently signed to Black Butter Records (home to Rudimental Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid and Joel Compass). What’s it like being a part of such a talented, diverse roster?
They are family and we are just extremely lucky to have their support. They are doing so well as a label, one of the hardest things to do, but we reckon they are here to stay in a big way. They know what they’re doing and they’re a really lovely bunch of people too.
You met at university in Oxford. What drew you two together?
We are both extremely stubborn and driven and we just started working to the same plan: keep going until you get somewhere. We wrote all sorts of stuff and then stumbled across Solomon about 3 years ago.
Who would you describe as your influences?
Arthur Russell, James Murphy, Dave Sitek, Nigel Godrich, Brian Eno, Thom Yorke, Steve Reich.
Your video for “Firechild” features a rather distraught, dance-crazed Andre Royo (a.k.a. Bubbles from the Wire). Is it safe to say the two of you are fans of the show?
One of us has watched it and loved it, the other hasn’t. [We] can’t believe Andre said he wanted to do it. He is a really lovely man and we owe him a lot for that, and also to Noah for directing it.
In two days, you’ll be playing your debut show in London. Any nerves?
Nope, just really enjoying the preparation. Come down if you’re in London, would be good to meet you guys as you have been really supportive. We will get you a gin and tonic from the gin bar.
Any plans to tour the states soon?
The states would be amazing. We are in some interesting chats and the states are definitely in our sights.
Blogs are continuously branding you as an “elusive” duo. What’s with all the mystery? Do you consider yourselves as equally mysterious?
Not really, just not that into having our photos taken now and talking about our sound. You will get to know us soon, and then we can move on. We think that because you can find out nearly everything about people nowadays it’s nice to hold back a little.