Scot four-piece Stillhound peek out from their mountain recording-retreat to tell us about their debut single ‘Seethe Unseen’.
Fergus Cook, Laurie Corlett-Donald, Dave Lloyd and Cat Myers are the school friends that make up Stillhound. The Scottish four piece released their debut track “Seethe Unseen” in May and ever since, suspense has been building up towards their first live show, a resounding success performed last week. The electro group plays with ceremonial vocal layers backed up by a pop chart-ready beat on their only release thus far.
The video is a venture into the wild, the Scottish highlands to be precise, imagined by Daniel Cook, you can travel across treacherous terrain alongside Fergus, soundtracked by Stillhound. We’d rather watch them play in a nice cosy pub or at the side of a festival stage but it makes for an impressive music video. While they’re still under the radar, we invade their quiet privacy and find out everything you need to know about the band.
You all met at school, what were you all like back then? How do you think you’ve changed since then?
Fresh faced, healthier and markedly more attractive. Shaking the ‘baby-faced trio’ tag was tough, but necessary.
What were you all doing before you were in Stillhound?
Much the same. A little scheming. Stillhound has been a pretty comfortable progression from our last project.
We’ve heard you locked yourself away in some mountain lodges in Scotland to write, what was that like? Any cabin fever?
Always a treat to be able to travel to such beautiful parts of the country, but just making time and loading up the van with new toys provided rakes of motivation to finish the album.
What do you write about, is it a collaborative process and what are each of your roles in the band?
Not much planning goes into the early stages of writing. In the months between sessions we dip in and out of one another’s projects, exploring different styles we all enjoy. I’ve personally made a habit of noting any lines that I feel may offer themselves nicely as hooks or abstract ditties. I’ve made a habit of doing this while wrecked. This is often comical, but it has provided some of my favourite lines on the album.
Does your sound reflect the music you listen to personally?
Absolutely. But it’s definitely more interesting on the rare occasions all four of us sit down and penned a track from start to finish. Pushing and pulling each other in different directions.
Can you describe your single ‘Seethe Unseen’ for us?
It’s an inner city grumble.
And the video! Why all the dramatic snow and the explorer?
The artwork was conceived by my brother (Daniel Cook). Of his pieces, our favourites were the surreal collaged landscapes. For the video, we returned to the valley in which we’d previously snapped all the craggy cliffs and sweeping heather that – pieced together – made up the various covers. With the help of OnRed we wrapped up and I did my best nomad.
What can we expect from a live Stillhound show?
Friendly faces smiling back.
What’s been your favourite moment together as a band to date?
The two weeks we spent finishing the album just outside of Ullapool in a little place village called Letters remains fairly unbeatable.
Is there anyone you aspire to be like?
Before the loss of Avril and the coke bloat, Deryck Whibley was my champion!