Welcome, welcome one and all back to the Band Interview Of The Day segment! Today joining us for the interview in the introducing hot seat is A Permanent Shadow!
- If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
My name is CP Fletcher and I am the vocalist in A Permanent Shadow.
- How did you all meet?
Well, in the case of A Permanent Shadow we are not really a band. It’s myself plus two producers, Albert and Valentí. I’ve known Valentí for almost 20 years sharing stages and rehearsal spaces. Albert used to be my girlfriend’s piano teacher before he got into composing and arranging full time.
- How long have you been playing?
I started working on the project probably in late 2016 with a different collaborator, but that turned out to be a dead end. With Albert we started tweaking my songs in 2017, that’s when A Permanent Shadow really came into existence.
- What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Melancholic Electronic Rock.
- What are your musical influences?
I’ve been a huge David Bowie fan since my early childhood. I especially love the Berlin era from around 1977, when he produced four amazing records in less than a year: his own Low and Heroes as well as Iggy’s The Idiot and Lust for Life. These are absolute classics and have had such a huge influence on popular music. You can hear traces of these records in everything ever recorded by Joy Division, Echo & The Bunnymen and even more recent bands like Interpol. LCD Soundsystem or Editors, all of which I really like.
- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
I was involved in a Lou Reed tribute project some years ago with which we toured quite a lot. It attracted rather strange characters. I remember during one show a totally drugged-up guy jumped on stage during the last song and refused to leave once the show was over. He just stood there, gazing into the lights, motionless. He was on another planet in this moment.
- Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?
I live in Barcelona and we have this great festival here called Primavera Sound. It’s a bit like Glastonbury by the sea without the rain and mud. It’s slated to happen in 2022, but we’ll see. I’d be more than happy to be there as a performer, but also as a punter as the line-up is usually quite impressive.
- What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
I have a soft spot for early Culture Club. For a while it was rather uncool to like Boy George, but I think that’s changed over the years and he’s better rated now. So I don’t have to hide the fact that I like “Karma Chameleon” anymore.
- What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
The new Bleachers album, John Grant’s new record “Boy from Michigan” and an INXS playlist. Not the big hits but lesser known songs such as “Stay Young” or “Barbarians”. They were an extraordinary band, and Michael Hutchence’s untimely death all that years ago was a huge loss.
- Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
We have a new single out on September 24th which is called “Shining Star”, and another one towards the end of the year. Our second album “Humdrum” will be released in early 2022.
Check out ‘Songs Of Loss’, A Permanent Shadow’s 2019 record below.