From poetry to music. Was this an inevitable transition in the life of Clara Plath?
Actually, they have always walked hand in hand. Simply, one was shown to the audience before the other one, but these are two facets which coexist in harmony inside of me. Poetry and music, for Clara Plath, are eternal companions.
Which aspects have transcended that literary world into your songs?
My poems have always been bathed in musicality. In reverse, I think the most lyrical part of my songs can be found in how I interpret the melodies, in how I feel the song.
As for preferences and going back to your beginnings. What ideas had Clara Plath and her band when it came to determine your course and own style?
It was clear for us from the beginning: we are going to do whatever we want. Both at the level of musical composition and of staging, we are open to everything our creativity demands from us. We do not put limits or boundaries to ourselves.
Define Clara Plath's sound for us with a verse or a quote.
Chema Helmet called it “lirismo sónico” (sonic lyricism). I would add, the heartbreaking sound of the future.
From Ten tristes tracks to a formalized Hi Lola! Which aspects have matured and which others have you left behind along the way?
We have matured as a band, achieving a forceful sound, based on many rehearsals and live shows. Along the way, we didn't leave anything, simply because we haven't had the time...
How have you managed yourselves when it comes to writing the songs in Hi Lola!?
Those were songs we already had and that Rober and I had already recorded with the ipad, which gave rise to the demo (Ten Tristes Tracks). In Hi Lola! the songs are played by all of the members of the band, plus a new one, Fuck my car. As a hidden theme, at the end of the album, there is Doberman, extracted from the original demo.
Contrasting guitar action and melodic passages, post-punk versus pop, sugar with salt, How do you shape that duality and that variability in Hi Lola!?
We are made of that duality ourselves. It comes out naturally, because it is fruit of our own essence. Chiaroscuro, bittersweet, soft-aggressive... Life itself has so many nuances... and we want them all!
Why writing/singing in English?
For the moment, it happens this way. When I pick up the guitar and start jamming, the melodies spring, mostly, in English. We have not pre-established a specific language when it comes to writing songs. Today, it is English, tomorrow perhaps, Esperanto...
From Over me to A whisper and Dancing song. Tell us about the selection process and the reason for each one of these songs: in terms of theme and order of appearance.
Over me is, perhaps, the most poetic one of the album, this is why we decided to start with it and with the atmosphere that its introduction creates. A whisper tells the story, by way of moral, of a seduction. I see it as a musical road movie sang with three voices: the boy, the girl, and the witch. Dancing song is the party song of the album. It plays a central role because we decided for it to be the single and, in fact, we have just premiered the video clip for it under the command of the renowned director Manuel García de Otazo.
Paradise marks an interlude and a dreamy acoustic atmosphere which is totally different. Which sources of inspiration have taken part in its gestation?
Musically, it was inspired by the Philadelphia sound, Chris Isaak, and even by The Doors. It's a hypnotic, intriguing song, which takes you to other dimensions. To paradise? What do you say?
After the dark chords of Fallen we stumbled upon a sudden Doberman, What can you tell us about that element of surprise?
We wanted to give some kind of "tip" and we thought that including a song from the demo which so many satisfaction had given us, was a good gift. In fact, it is just as it appears in Ten Tristes Tracks, with the exception of the voice, which I recorded again for the album.
Being this your first album, what did you think about the, in general, warm welcome of your project?
We are very happy about having received so much recognition, something we already sensed when we premiered the demo Ten Tristes Tracks. Everything has turned out just fine, although as the insatiable beasts that we are, we always want more.
Live performances: How did your first and last appearances go? Any wink, habit, recurrent tics once you get up onstage?
We love playing live shows, a very special energy arises every time we go on stage. I think it is because each member of the band has a very well-defined personality, a ritual of their own and a characteristic way of handling the live performance. That enriches us and gives us power. On the boards, we add up.
A little bit of looking back and of self-criticism (but without obsessing), Have you missed anything?
I would not say miss, but it is true that we would like to have more time, always. More time to write more songs, to taste all this that is happening to us. Give us more time, the rest is on us.
What aces have you kept up your sleeves, or what ideas do you have for your next album?
When we do something, we give it ALL, we do not hold anything back, we are this much vehement. For the next album? New good songs.
Translation: Irene Soto.