Duo, Jenny McLaren (vocals, guitars) and Ricardo Autobahn (synthesizers) better known as Spray, those pop musicians that have terrorised the music charts (and Cliff Richard) in various guises since the late 1990s, produce their first works of 2020 with a new EP Offerings From The Algorithm out 22nd of May 2020. They spoke with The Fountain about the new record and their plans for the year.
TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been like to Offerings from the Algorithm?
Rather warm. Many years ago we had a few one-off “novelty” chart hits and it’s nice to release things that don’t involve people throwing things at you in disgust.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
Stopgap, or topical. We wrote the song You’ll Never Be Forgiven as an anti-Brexit anthem so it’s more of a spontaneous mini-release, we like the idea of putting out material relating to the current state of things rather than having to hang around to finish an album – by which time it’s out of date. Having said that, Brexit will be topical for the rest of our lives so we could have waited.
TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences?
Nobody really. The KLF have always been an inspiration in attitude, and Sparks have always been an inspiration for their single mindedness at the expense of everything else. Our motto is “what would Ron Mael do?”.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this EP release?
Depends when we’re let out again. We’d tentatively booked a few gigs for the end of the year, so we’ll wait and see if those are still on, but Spray creativity has been high during lockdown. We bought a bunch of new synths just before quarantine and have been using our time prodding them and not reading the manuals. So we fully expect some kind of project to manifest itself by the end of the year.