Novella have a new guitar-pop album out, Change of State, which was recorded in the Victorian bedroom studio of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) on an old 1960’s 8-track.
With the album out last week and a gig on the horizon at Glasgow’s Hug and Pint, Hollie, Sophy, Sukie and Iain spoke with The Fountain about their name, the timings of their new album and their songwriting process.
TF: A novella is a work of written, fictional, narrative prose normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. Are there any similarities between you and an actual novella?
We named ourselves Novella simply because we liked the sound of the word. But I’d like to think we’re somehow Novella-ish in some way or another. We’ve sometimes been described by others as sounding ‘immediate’ and unlike our Novel cousins maybe we do like to get to the point a bit sooner.
TF: Change of State was recorded in the Victorian bedroom studio of James Hoare on an old 1960s 8-track – is it a conceptual album, evocative of our present austere socio-political society?
I think to write a proper concept album, the concept probably has to be in mind at the start and to be honest, that wasn’t our intention. We started writing this record in May, feeling relatively stable and optimistic, and finished 4 days after the US election results in November. As the year unfolded we almost subconsciously started writing songs that had more questions than answers.
TF: As a band, do you writer your tracks collectively, collaboratively or does one take charge with the song-writing ability?
We like to write together as a whole band in general. We have a practice space down a dark alley that smells like toilets in Hackney and we meet there once a week. Often one person has had an idea and then we build on it all together.
TF: As a conceptual album, it sounds fantastic – what specifically inspired you to take this approach to your second record?
Thanks! Like I say, I don’t think it was as intentional as it sounds. Recording like we did, in a very stripped back environment and writing the songs over just a couple of months, maybe lead to us making a record that was very much a product of that specific time – which just so happened to be pretty turbulent. We went with our impulses.
TF: Are we to expect a tour to follow and will you be hitting Scotland with this new release?
Yes for sure. We’re touring the UK in February just after the release on the 17th. We’ll be travelling through Glasgow and playing The Hug and Pint on the 28th of February. Can’t wait to visit Tebay.
TF: What more have you lined up your sleeve post album release?
A European Tour in March and hopefully just a lot more shows! We haven’t played out and about for 6 months and we’re getting itchy feet.
Novella’s album, Change of State, was released by Sinderlyn Records on 17th February and they are playing at The Hug and Pint in Glasgow on 28th February.