COSMIC ROUNDUP: TANYA BYRNE OF BISMUTH
Bismuth are fucking heavy and Tanya is a fucking legend. 2020 will be another special year having been asked to play Roadburn AGAIN! Twice in a row, that simply does not happen. HUGE!
Hi Tanya, how are you?
I'm good thanks, science and music are keeping me out of trouble, and I'm about to make a big cup of hot chocolate, to warm me up.
Bismuth have had an amazing year. You played both Roadburn and Raw Power. How was that?
Part of me still can't believe it happened! Both festivals were an honour and a joy to play.
With Roadburn, we played our first set and then we were asked to play again as a secret set in the Skate park, which was a year highlight for me. Playing both these amazing festivals in one year is a very surreal feeling. Raw Power is another festival I hold in high regard, and it was great to share a bill with all these incredibly talented people (Big Brave, Gnod and Part Chimp are always excellent to watch). One of my favourite parts of that weekend was watching the music robots of Experimental Sonic Machines - engineering and music combined into something wonderful.
You’ve been booked for Roadburn again next year for a collaboration with Vile Creature. How did that come about? What are you planning?
We toured with Vile Creature in the UK back in 2018 and we met up again at Roadburn. KW (guitarist/vocalist in Vile Creature) and I had been talking for a little while about making music together, and Walter Roadburn found out about this. Next thing we know, we've been commissioned by Roadburn and the City of Tilburg to write a brand new piece of music to only be performed at the festival next year! Again, this year has been very very surreal. The collaboration is titled "A Hymn of Loss and Hope" and combines aspects both Vile Creature and Bismuth. For part of the time I will be playing an instrument other than bass, introducing some aspects of us that perhaps people don't expect. We will still be using many amplifiers.
Any plans for another Bismuth release on the horizon?
Definitely. We are currently writing for a new album at the moment and hope to record it in the later half of next year at Electrical Audio.
Are there any new bands that we should be keeping an eye on in Nottingham?
Bloody Head are a relatively new band that are kind of a horrible noise rock. They are ace!
What was the best gig you played in 2019?
The secret Skate Park show at Roadburn was amazing. I've been dealing with anxiety a lot this year, so I had to hide soon after we played. However, the crowd was so welcoming and kind. During our set, I talked about making sure to look after and love your friends and that Roadburn is a family. I saw so many people hug each other. It made the world seem better for a while
Best gig you attended?
That was definitely Lingua Ignota in the Skate Park at Roadburn. I've never been so moved and emotional while watching anyone perform before. She puts all of herself into her music.
Best festival you attended?
Roadburn, closely followed by Raw Power.
What are your favourite releases from 2019?
I always struggle with this as I can never remember what came out in a year. However, here are my top 5 (which I believe came out this year)
1.Lingua Ignota - Caligula
2.Sarah Davaci - In Bloom
3.Sunno))) - Life Metal
4.Pedestrian Deposit - Dyers' Hands
5.HTRK - Venus in Leo
What the hell are you up to next year?
We will be working on the collaboration and we have a few different tours scheduled too. As well as that it’s album writing and recording, Roadburn and some other festivals. Will be another busy year.
Photo by Jose Caamno @ Raw Power Festival
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