As a group, Evi Vine is joined by Steven Hill, Matt Tye and David ‘GB’ Smith. Their music explores the dark elemental nature of the human heart, as well as environmental and post-apocalyptic themes. Sublime and haunting, they create a unique and uncompromising atmosphere with gossamer vocals and precise orchestration. Reverential, physical music, it evokes a rare experience that is beautiful, sparse and deeply intimate. Evi Vine recently paired with Simon Gallup of The Cure for the single “Sabbath”.
Disarm had the opportunity to ask Evi Vine a barrage of questions about music, art, life, travel and such, and this is what she had to say.
What are you listening to right now?
We’re in the studio working on a remix for Michael Ciravalo’s Beauty in Chaos’ next album, so we’ve been listening to various mixes of that. Also have The Microcosm on the turntable in our kitchen…visionary music from 1970-1986…beautifully ambient.
What was the first LP/tape/CD you remember owning?
The Doors – Strange Days
Vinyl or CD/Digital?
What are your favorite bands?
SWANS, NIN, Talk Talk, Pj Harvey, Kate Bush.
Why do you live where you do?
We like being in a city of 11 million, we can be anonymous.
What is your favorite journey?
A night boat road to a beautiful island in Thailand.
What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Roast potatoes, gravy, music, and movies.
What essentials do you take on a plane or tour bus?
Loads of black clothes, vegan mayonnaise , a sharp knife, and earplugs.
What is your dream vacation if money was no object?
Somewhere warm where they are kind to animals, and near the ocean.
What do you do with 4 hours to yourself in a new city?
As much as you possibly can; and find a cool record shop.
What inspired you to take up music?
A fast way to make a million!!
What was your most memorable day job?
Folded towels in a laundry services warehouse to buy my mum’s first washing machine.
What advice should you have taken but didn’t?
Take your make up off before you go to bed.
What should everyone shut up about?
Justifying wearing fur.
Who’s your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would the menu be?
Someone who can hopefully cook better than we can…..Jack Nicholson or Russel Brand would be fun…..it would be vegan food.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
What was the best live gig or music festival you attended (as a fan or artist)?
Glastonbury…the early days…
What are your “must” read magazines, news, websites, blogs?
The Big Issue, Vegan Life
Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art?
The Earth without us drilling a hole in the middle of it.
What does the next 6 months look like for you?
Getting ready to release the album, more studio time is booked for our next EP/album, new music and collaborations and some cool gigs hopefully.
Which musician rule do you agree with? Always meet your heroes or never meet your heroes?
Meet you heroes and keep your fingers crossed. We’ve been lucky so far.
Visit Evi Vine’s Bandcamp page HERE and pre-order
BLACK//LIGHT//WHITE//DARK today! It’s out on February 22nd. In the meantime, check out “Sabbath” featuring Simon Gallup.