Giraffes – ArcTanGent

In honour of the annual ArcTanGent Festival, we sat down with a selection of bands playing in order to grill them about the festival, and much, much more.

Giraffes were the next band we spoke to!

The annual ArcTanGent Festival is coming up this August; are you guys excited for it? Have you ever been before, either playing or as a punter?

YES! We’re so excited to be playing it. James [ArcTanGent organiser and booking agent] and I have been corresponding about it for years and years, but we hadn’t been able to play because of different scheduling conflicts on our end. But then finally I was like THIS IS THE FUCKING YEAR and we got our shit together. Luckily James hadn’t given up on us haha! We’re honoured to finally be a part of it.

We’ve never been to ArcTanGent before – we’ve only watched live videos online and it seems so cool. I’ve actually never even been to England before either, so there will be a bunch of new stuff for me to experience, although I’ll be spending most of my time watching other bands at ArcTanGent and eating food. Maybe we’ll get to swing by Stonehenge and contemplate time and space. If there’s time and space …

What are your thoughts on the line up this year? Is there anyone you’re particularly wanting to see or meet? And who would you recommend our readers look out for?

There’s so many cool bands! And I’m sure the ones I don’t know will also be pretty cool. It seems like they put a lot of thought into curating the festival every year, so I know I’m going to come out of there with some new favourites. So far, I’m the most excited about Shellac, And So I Watch You from Afar, Mouse on The Keys and our buddies Gulfer.

What is ArcTanGent like compared to other festivals? It seems to be relatively small – do you prefer playing smaller festivals or bigger ones? And which are your favourite festivals – both to play and as a visitor?

This will be the biggest festival we’ve played to date. Our previous festival experiences have been pretty minor – smaller festivals here and there, all-day things at universities etc. There’s a cool festival [even smaller than ATG] in New Hampshire, USA called The Thing in The Spring that we play every few years. We like the community vibe that festivals have. It’s like we’re all flat mates on holiday together.

How do you find playing a festival differs to a normal show, and which do you prefer?

It’s a different experience. Playing indoors sort of feels like the room collects the energy of the people, like there’s a presence that gets bottled up and it’s almost palpable. Outside, that energy can float away if you’re not careful. But the right audience can just radiate like the sun- especially with big crowds. It’s a whole different level of exciting. Just massive, like an ocean.

Are you embarking on a tour as well as playing the festival? If so, where else are you playing and when?

We are going to be on tour leading up to ArcTanGent but only in the USA. Then we’re coming over to the UK for this ONE SHOW so don’t miss it!!! For the other tour dates, check out our website

Do you have any new music set for release soon? If so, what can you tell us about that?

We just released our fourth full length record MEMORY LAME on Topshelf Records. It’s available on LP, CD, Cassette and through all the digital providers. It’s probably our most personal and interesting record yet. While it’s not as technical or aggressive as our earlier releases, it’s a labyrinth of ideas and melodies, and puzzles. Part autobiography, part fiction. It’s a weird and fun record to spend time with. Also, it features our first real “singing” song, At the Turf Field Behind My Parents’ House, which has been resonating really strongly with people. I think there might be something magical about it.

What would you say to people to recommend them to come and see you perform at ArcTanGent?

It’s our first time over to the UK and it might be our last!!! What if we die??? What if America implodes??? What if they need to send us into outer space??? What if I lose my fingers to hungry goblins??? But seriously, it’s going to be an incredibly fun and memorable experience. Don’t let fear hold you back from enjoying life. Just watch out for those fucking goblins.

And any last words for your fans?

Last words??? SEE, I AM DYING!!! You better get your tickets now before they’re sold out! Or maybe you want to live the rest of your life in sadness? Picture this: your mates are all at the pub reminiscing about how amazing ArcTanGent 2018 was, but you don’t say anything, and they look at you like “Why aren’t you saying anything”, and then their look turns to horror when they realise you missed it that year and a single salty tear drips down your cheek into your mouth. You’ll spend that evening playing ATG 2018 live videos on YouTube but it won’t be the same. It won’t be the same …


By Jane Howkins