The Hundred In The Hands took some time out to talk to us about their self titled debut album and how they go about creating such a distinctive sound.
More Than The Music: Your debut album is released next month. How are you feeling about that?
The Hundred In The Hands: Really excited! We can’t wait for people to hear it. We’ve been playing on tour now for a few months and every time a new song comes out–like with the first single ‘Pigeons’–it really makes playing the shows more fun. We just saw the printed vinyl artwork for the first time!
MTTM: Your EP This Desert received critical acclaim, are you feeling the pressure to live up to this with the album?
THITH: We made the EP and LP at the same time actually and we let the EP be it’s own thing, which was a bit more hazy and dreamy. The LP is tighter and more direct with more going on. The LP really feels like the thing we were working toward all last year.
MTTM: Were you prepared for the reaction to This Desert or has the attention been overwhelming?
THITH: Doesn’t seem real. We’ve just got our noses down trying to work hard.
MTTM: What can fans expect with the new album? Have you tried to alter or progress your sound since This Desert?
THITH: With the EP we wanted to feel like one unified sound which we thought fits the shorter format. On the LP we wanted to try more and push things further. It’s still unified but maybe more spread out and grows and changes.?
MTTM: Your music is very distinctive, how do you create such a trademark sound?
THITH: Thanks! Some things you just go after because they’re inspirations and some things you can’t control because they just feel like they are what you are. We tried to get into our influences and respond to them. We took a lot of production inspiration from Rn’B and tried to work with textures and sounds that we had heard in a lot of old records. We were listening to classic house and mutant disco and trying to work with building up around the songs with these ideas that hopefully push it past just being ‘pop’ songs.
MTTM: You have a huge range of bands, artists and genres which influence you. What kind of impact do you think these influences have had on your work?
THITH: Thanks again. We’re just big fans of music. We like a lot of things and we try to absorb as much as we can. Some of the stuff we’re always listening to like for instance mod influences or early ska and dub doesn’t always find its way directly into our sound. Hopefully when things do work their way in more directly it doesn’t come off as a copy or imitation of the stuff we like and not too schizophrenic. Like to think it seems like something original.
MTTM: Do you try to capture elements of each of them in your own music?
THITH: There’s usually bits and pieces of things but we try to stay away from pastiche. So if a song maybe starts to sound too much like it’s influence we start trying to take it apart and see where else we can go with it.
MTTM: You write the songs together. Does this ever cause tension or disagreements between the pair of you?
THITH: No more than what you would expect with a creative process. There’s definitely fiery moments but we both get a lot out of working together. The way we do it is to break off and write on our own and while we’re doing that we each will write lyrics and sketches so what we come out with is an idea for a song. Then we start recording it and writing as we go with everything up for grabs and the song become ours.
MTTM: After writing ‘Dressed in Dresden’ together you say you decided this was the band you both ‘wanted to be’. What was it about working together that made you come to that decision?
THITH: Neither of us had really done anything like it before and it just felt like there was a lot more there and that we each brought something the other needed.