Echotic talks to Owen Thomas, the brains behind Brighton-based noise/experimental Speak Galactic.
Who is Speak Galactic?
Owen Thomas – Guitar, Electronics, Voice
Jim Morrison – Drums
Alex Painter – Sax, Synth, Bass Guitar
If you could describe the sound of Speak Galactic in 3 words, what would it be?
Frustrating, Naive, Noisy
What kinds of things inspire you during the songwriting process? Do you like to write in seclusion or in a more collaborative fashion?
I write mostly alone. Songs come in different ways. Recently I’ve been getting vocal melodies in my head first and then writing to those, which can be frustrating as I have to quickly record them on my phone so I won’t forget them. I find anything can be inspiring if you’re in the right mood to be creative. That’s what I find the hardest, if I’m bummed out by something I usually don’t have the energy to get started.
What is your live set-up like?
Our live set-up is pretty substantial. Samplers, loop pedals, aux feeds, pitch shifters… mostly just to make as big a sound as possible with the minimum amount of people. We’ve recently expanded to a 3 piece with our friend Alex which has given us more scope to experiment with instrumentation and dynamics which we’re looking forward to.
Are there any other acts/artists you recommend people check out?
All the guys affiliated with Anti-Ghost Moon Ray are well worth checking out. Hypnotized, Us Baby Bear Bones, P for Persia, Cousin, Soccer96… We’ve been lucky enough to play and collaborate with some sweet people. There’s loads!
What are Speak Galactic’s upcoming plans?
Plans: Recording a new record for release this year. Playing with Damo Suzuki in London in Feb, Which will be amazing!