Hi Hol…..welcome to the Clunk universe
Please tell us a little about the band that you front Artio. Who does what? How come the name Artio? Where are you based?
I’m the singer, I do a lot of the social media, the managing and the booking shows. I do all the behind the scenes businessy stuff because I’m good at that. Euan, our drummer does all the production stuff and the song writing and we do a lot of back and forth sending ideas. Rob does all the guitar parts and is also the sole source of the comedy and if you watch our bake off video it’s just chaotic Rob for 12 minutes, so Rob is the comedic gold in the band.
The name Artio came from the Celtic goddess of bears and death, we leave the death bit out. So, it’s just like a mythology thing from Celtic stuff and she’s really badass. She’s an underdog because we hear of all the Greek gods but not of Artio. I thought it would be cool to have a female fronted band with the name of a female goddess.
We are based in Leeds but we do gig up and down the country when we can, when corona isn’t a thing.
Artio release a third EP. It has the title ‘Stand Alone And Do Your Dance’ on Monomyth Records. Please could you give us a rundown of the tracks on the EP. What are they about? When were they written? Could you describe your sound?
The tracks on the EP are all a little bit different. The EP itself is about relationships and how they effect and change us whether for the good or for the bad. For example, Basement Dance is about feeling betrayed and when you love someone more than they love you, the pain of realising that. It’s also got this little streak of hope in that once you realised it you can cut your losses and move on and find something else. Venom is about the aftermath of a break up and how somebody has effected you so much that even after years after it was done they don’t seem to have left your system yet. There are song like All Things End and Cat’s Eyes are about loving someone and wanting to protect them and be there for them. It’s a little bit of a mish mash of how people can change you and make you feel.
Two out of the five were written just before lockdown and the rest were written from March to about May. They were recorded, mixed and mastered with our little team in lockdown. They were all very recent so the release of this EP had to be quite speedy to get all the promotion done but we managed to pull it off and I’m very proud.
Our sound is a bit of a weird one because it’s a mash up of different genres. We are kind of rocky because we’ve grown up with alternative rock sounds, like Bring Me The Horizon, Paris and We’ve been to Slam Dunk every year since 2015. We also have this poppier sound, like a Billie Eilish chart sound. I think there’s a little bit of everything in there but we don’t really like sticking to a genre. We say alternative pop because it can fit into a lot of things.
Any juicy rows over musical differences during the making of the EP?!
We haven’t had any juicy rows during the making of the EP because everyone has their own job so it gels really well together. I was in charge of all the artwork and the ideas for the photoshoot and the promo, I sent all the emails. As soon as the EP was finished I got to have my golden hour. Euan and Rob were sending draughts back and forth and Rob was sending his guitar parts and it might get lost so we would have to send it again but there were no rows just typical complications when you’re self-producing everything and we don’t have major label backing so everything is done DIY. It’s a really fun way to do it and you get that lovely feeling of accomplishment when something does really well and you’ve been the whole force behind it.
If we were to come to your neck of the woods for a weekend where would you take us? You are the Entertainments Committee!
If you were to come to Leeds, our neck of the woods we would take you, somewhere we love, to the Belgrave Music Hall. It’s amazing, we’ve played there a few times, the food is brilliant and it’s quite cheap as well so that saves the purse. We would got to the Brudenell for a pie, we love our food and our favourite places to eat are actually venues, which is nice. Maybe Key Club for a club night, alternative night. We like food and we like gigs or maybe we would go back to one of our houses and play Sims. We’re easy, either way.
I’ve recently read that Kurt Cobain’s iconic grunge cardigan worn on Unplugged sold for over $300,000. A while back handwritten lyrics for A day In The Life by John Lennon went for over a $1,000, 000. If you had several shedloads of money what piece of music memorabilia would you splash out on?
I have no idea what I’d splash out on. Maybe something like Hayley Williams microphone. She has a custom telefunken kit and I think it’s gorgeous. So, if she was ever selling a microphone I’d be like ‘yes please’! Maybe if Adele was selling a mug, I think Adele’s mug would be pretty cool! Euan would buy anything the Periphery would have touched and Rob would probably be the same with Bring Me The Horizon or Muse. So they would spend a lot more than me.
Thanks for taking the time for Clunk. Please don’t forget to come to Carlisle when you get back to touring!
Thank you very much.