Louder introduces Delaire The Liar
Louder sat down with energetic and intriguing two piece Delaire the Liar to talk about who the newcomers are, about their music and where they aspire to be. (All photos by Charlotte Claber)
Introduce yourself and what you do:
Ffin: Hello, I’m Ffin and I play guitar and sing
Joey: Hey I’m Joey and I play the drums and other things. Samples, the chief rythmatist.
Each describe the band in 5 words or less.
F: Uhmm…. Honest, aggressive. Energetic…. Kind and Tactile.
J: I have five but it’s less majestic than Ffins. Emo White Stripes in Trousers.
So an obvious one but where did the band name come from.
F: So it comes from an A Series of Unfortunate Events. It was one of my favourite book series growing up and it was really down to Lemony Snicket’s writing, it’s never scared to be dark or upsetting. It’s always brutally honest in that respect and it always gives way to both sides of the story and how people are emotionally affected by other people. The protagonist in the series are the Baudelaire orphans which is where ‘Delaire’ comes from and we were originally going to be called ‘Baudelaire’ then the Netflix series came out. First demo EP was going to be called ‘Dearist, Darling, Dead’ which references the first book but then I watched the Netflix series and first episode that comes up and I thought “Shit. We have to come up with a new name”. So the ‘Delaire’ is the shortened version and ‘The Liar’ is the duality of protagonist and antagonist that is all through the books and how it represents human emotion and interaction with everyday life and the struggles and trials that you go through. It resides within everyone, and being candid about it.
Talk us through your release ‘Not Punk Enough’ favourite songs personally and to play.
J. My favourite has to be Opulence because it really has a really great feel to play drums along to specifically and it’s so swingy and energetic and positive. The energy the song exudes is really fun to embrace when playing on stage. That’s my favourite song to play but my favourite off the record is Guilt & Recourse because it’s a track that just resonated with me really well.
F: My favourite song to listen to is certainly Fervour, it’s only like a minute and a half but I love the way it builds like the melody. To play though is probably still Medicine actually, or Witch hunt. Medicine was a single but Witch Hunt is like super aggressive and politically charged which isn’t something that we usually do or normally write but it sat really well in the track. Medicine was the first song written for this project though which is great.
Delaire do an incredible Nina Simone cover of ‘Feeling Good’ a song that has been picked up by the likes of Buble and Muse. Why this song specifically.
J: We did.
F: We decided we had to start writing our own good tracks now.
J: It’s weird because we literally dropped that track yesterday.
F: The reason we picked it in the first place is because it’s such an iconic song, also it’s the polar opposite content of the stuff we usually write and perform so it’s a good point to break up the set a little bit. It’s a little more emo than I imagine Nina Simone ever wanted it to be, or Muse, go through the list of people who have covered it. It felt right in the rehearsal room and in the set.
J: It even fits the mood of the set because it’s quite melancholic. It goes well with the atmosphere of the stuff we were already playing.
For the first single of the year you brought out One Of Us Is The Killer its a vulnerable and quite open song. Can you talk us through this a little more.
F: It’s funny actually, in the process of getting that song to where it is, we had rewritten it maybe like three or four times. It was also a song we hadn’t played in about a year or two years. It was written to exorcise a certain difficult patch in my life before the band had really formed. There was some really good parts of that song and with development it could be really effective. We thought it deserved a little bit more attention, rather than getting rid of something and pushing it into a corner. It needed some nurturing to become the song it became and we’re both really proud of it now! Rather than me harping on and being upset over something, it’s a fully formed song. Hopefully it resonates with people and is accessible, the response to it was really great.
Then you opened it up right the piano sessions which added a whole new perspective with raw emotion. What compelled you to do this?
F: I’ve never successfully played piano on anything before. I kind of had to teach myself to play piano so I could do it. It was quite a painful process, we tried a couple different things as well.
J: We wanted to give the song a new kind of light, a new angle but others just weren’t really working out with the expectations we had as a song. I think we were overcomplicating it really and what the song really needed to shine was the opposite and to strip it back and be a more emotionally raw piece. I think that’s why the piano worked out so well.
F: and that piano ruled as well! It was so nice.
So what inspires Delaire.
J: I think it’s incredibly important for someone to have an emotional outlet. Especially one that’s creative. For me personally, usually I’m quite a reserved person and to be able to get out there and smash the drums in person on stage or put my thoughts and feelings onto a record, it’s really warming to have that. I’m not usually the sort of person who goes out and talks about my feelings so having the creative output is really important for me.
F: I’ve played in a lot of bands over my time, and there’s something about having the back and forth connection me and Joey have like whilst we are playing, and whilst we are writing. It’s that process that forces you to be better at what you do and create a response to everyone telling you things like “you need a bass player”. No disrespect to anyone that has a bass player, it’s a great instrument, I’ve played for many years but there’s something about it that makes you want to be better at what you do because there is that outward pressure and you don’t want to compromise. You don’t want to compromise on how you feel creating with each other and that’s what inspires me. I don’t want to compromise on what makes us feel good in this space and then develop on that, just the two of us. We don’t want too many cooks in the kitchen, too many oars in the water. I’ve never felt more comfortable with myself as a person since this band has started. The dynamic and flow in conversation creates a constant line of communication. We’re very frank with each other and that’s very beneficial for how this band progresses and also not being too precious of your work. Going back to ‘One Of Us Is The Killer’, when we decided to reopen that song, I wanted that to be dead in the water. That was a part of me that I just wanted to be away. Going through the process of ripping it open and reforming it into something into something we’d be super proud of. It opened my eyes to a brand new world of writing and having these alterior influences rather than spouting a loud of emotional dribble. I haven’t felt like this in a dynamic like this before so it makes me really excited to see what we can do and what’s to come. It’s the bend of a springboard, who knows what’s going to happen when we pop off; or where we’re going to go.
Where do Delaire aspire to be at the end of the year.
F: Your turn.
J: I went first last time.
J: It is a hard question. I feel like when you invest yourself into something and work so hard, it can be hard to answer because you just want to take it as far as you can, as fast as you can. It’s hard to envision where this will take us in the near future and even long term but at the end of the year, or by then I don’t know, what’s the goal? F: I don’t know, it’s kind of tricky. Obviously there’s those go to answers that every band has like, we want to release new music or we want to tour loads.We’ve been fortunate this year with the tours we’ve been on and have coming and we obviously hope to have music out by the end of the year. As long as we are constantly happy and secure in the ways and styles we are writing and moving forward, not just this year, every year. That should be the goal, as long as we feel we are progressing and getting better.
J: I think that’s a really positive way of looking at it and what we’re doing in this band. As long as we feel this positive and are making this much headweight at the end of the year and we’re this happy, I feel that’s the most important thing to me.
F: It’s funny, I recently watched a couple of documentaries that really made me reevaluate what success is in this industry and how much you can fail but still be regarded as successful. So I kind of want to approach this, not with as little expectations but bracing myself for what failures might occur on the way to what a lot of other people would deem successful. I just want people to enjoy us and live in the moment rather than rushing ahead and savour what we have at the minute and build from there which is the most important thing to me at the minute, it’s very easy to get swamped and washed up in all that shit and be okay on to the next thing rather than revelling in what you’ve actually achieved. It’s a little convoluted and I’m sorry about that but yeah it’s basically so hard to look at what’s going on so far down the line.