As we edge closer to the double dayer gigs brought to you by Deco Records, we spoke to Sally and James from Aughra, who are sure to put on one hell of a show at The Castle on friday.
MIMR: Welcome to the blog, how best would you describe your sound and what are your main influences?
Sally: Our sound has been described as noir rock/goth pop. Cocteau Twins, Ufomammut and Captain Beefheart’s Clear Spot are on heavy rotation at the mo. I’ve just come out of a Tetsuo phase which was an absolute delight, Chu Ishikawa’s song ‘Lost’ is lovely music to listen to whilst floating through town with headphones.
MIMR: Thrilled to see you part of Deco Records Double Dayer gigs next week, what can we expect from one of your shows and what’s the best thing about playing live?
James: An Aughra performance is a deceptive experience – let your thoughts idle for a few seconds and expect to bear the consequences. A review recently said about Aughra “… one minute languorous, the next snarling and carnivorous.” which I love! The best thing about playing live for me is seeing how the songs take a slightly different form and meaning in response to the location and audience. We practice and make sure we adhere to everything that makes the song what is is, but my understanding is that music lives and breathes and can subtly change depending on the environment. Performing live, engaging and guiding an audience through contrasting moods, whilst sometimes lightly abrasing their faces and ears is fun.
MIMR: If you could spend a day with any musician who would it be and why?
Sally: I’d love to go for a coupla whiskeys with Liz Fraser, she’s my favourite singer.
MIMR: What are your favourite hangout places in Manchester?
Sally: The Kings Arms is a great lil’ hidden gem in Salford, Deli-Lama Cafe in Salford and their Thursday night jazz nights. Crown & Kettle, Brunswick Mill Practice Rooms and Vimto Park is good for a sit on the grass with a nice can o’ beer and a bag o’ crisps.
MIMR: Thanks for talking to MIMR, how can people follow you on social media and listen to some music?
Looking forward to Friday! Here’s our links, thanks!