METRON­OMY

That’s how Bri­tish elec­tron­ica act Metron­omy is mar­ket­ing their new al­bum. Marc An­drews met with the band’s Joseph Mount to talk psychedeli­cs, remixes and the ho­mo­eroti­cism of boy racers.

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DNA: How many times have you toured Aus­tralia now? Joseph Mount: Four or five times. A lot of English people go all that dis­tance to find some­thing sim­i­lar to what they left and the amaz­ing thing about be­ing in a band is that you get to go there with­out re­al­is­ing how much money it is cost­ing. I love Aus­tralia. It is such a nice place and ev­ery­one is so wel­com­ing. My im­pres­sion is to­tally pos­i­tive, apart from the bo­gans [laughs]. I’m very ex­cited to come back in July. Your fourth al­bum, Love Letters, was just re­leased. It’s ex­cit­ing to be back in the game. For the past year I have been record­ing and get­ting more ex­cited about putting out this record, so I’m ready for it. Whether I’ll get bored or not af­ter a few months I don’t know yet [laughs]. Does the al­bum ti­tle sug­gest Metron­omy is head­ing more in a pop di­rec­tion? In a way it was a throw­back to ’60s pop records, which were slightly psy­che­delic. The sound of this record is in­flu­enced by that type of mu­sic more than our pre­vi­ous al­bums. For me it never feels like it changes that dras­ti­cally, but I can guar­an­tee that for any­one lis­ten­ing it will feel like a shift from what has gone be­fore. Even the al­bum art­work has more than a hint of psychedeli­a. Yeah [laughs], I guess it’s all point­ing in that di­rec­tion. The nice thing is that the al­bum is not a cliché psy­che­delic thing. It’s sur­pris­ingly sparse. What about the track Boy Racers – that sounds quite ho­mo­erotic! [Laughs] I wanted to do a song that was about boy racers. When I started driv­ing in a ru­ral town you get these boys with these crappy cars try­ing to make them loud and stuff, revving their en­gines at each other. Now it’s quite clear that there is some­thing of boys show­ing off to each other – show­ing their feath­ers or what­ever you want to call it. There’s no lyrics or singing on it, so it’s more at­mo­spheric. I’m Aquar­ius is the first sin­gle – is there a hippy vibe to it? I wanted lit­tle bits of this record to be in­flu­enced by that stuff. I’ve al­ways liked those tracks from that era, which are about astrol­ogy. Your record com­pany feels this is the al­bum to take you from the un­der­ground to ma­jor chart suc­cess. I al­ways just get on with it and put much more pres­sure on my­self to im­prove and write good records than any la­bel or man­age­ment per­son does. They are quite ex­cited about it, which is them putting pres­sure on them­selves. Are you con­tin­u­ing with your remix work along­side band du­ties? I have put that to the side be­cause it serves a good pur­pose for a while and then you be­come more in­ter­ested in real col­lab­o­ra­tions than remixes. The last one I did was the Lady Gaga one from that al­bum she did [laughs]. The song was You And I. Not many people can say they remixed ev­ery­one from Gold­frapp to Lady Gaga! Yeah. For the Lady Gaga one I did it more than any­thing to have done some­thing that was in her crazy world. I fig­ure in 20 years’ time it must be of in­ter­est to my chil­dren. Gaga has a very strong vis­ual im­age, what about Metron­omy? It’s al­ways a work in progress. For this tour we are go­ing to try and nail it. You have pho­tos taken now when you are be­ing quite causal and then you re­alise they are go­ing to live for­ever through the in­ter­net. All the vis­ual stuff is what’s left be­hind so it’s quite im­por­tant. Bands from that 1960s era were wear­ing nice suits so we’re go­ing to try and smarten up. What’s your mes­sage to the read­ers of DNA about Love Letters? My mes­sage would be that this al­bum is for all colours and all lovers. The love letters are writ­ten to ev­ery sin­gle one of the gay boys of Aus­tralia [laughs]. You sweet talker! Ha! Yes, I re­alise it is a lu­cra­tive mar­ket! I hope the record la­bel is right and ev­ery­one does get into it. Ir­re­spec­tive, we will be out there play­ing. With your tops off on stage? Maybe not me, but the oth­ers I’m sure [laughs]. They have bet­ter bod­ies and are more body­con­scious than me.

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