Interview: Speak Galactic

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Echotic talks to Owen Thomas, the brains behind Brighton-based noise/experimental Speak Galactic.

Who is Speak Galactic?
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/who are your influences?
Broadcast, Brian Eno, Harmonia, Joanna Newsom, Pawtracks Records’ stuff.

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!

[Helen Brown]

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