Binary are a London four-piece whose single 'You Need The Blue Key' got ShufSounds all excited. So excited in fact that we sent the band some questions and they replied. We talked Manson, punching people and the NBA.
You went on tour with Marylin Manson, how the fuck was that?
Going on tour with Manson was insane. It was our first taste of proper stadium size touring. Up to that point I think our biggest show was like a 600 person club show, so to go from that to 10,000 people every night was surreal. Some of his fans are definitely very devout though, the first couple of rows were always filled with Manson look a-likes. We got a few death threats from some of his fans after the Paris show which was pretty hilarious.
What have you been listening to when recording the Amber EP?
A pretty mixed bag of things, everything from Fu Manchu to J Dilla. Heavy and/or strange seems to be one of the running themes.
Who else would you like to tour with?
Placebo and QOTSA are on our touring wishlist. But, we're up for pretty much anything. We love playing harder more intense shows where the audience gets stuck in. So more of that would be cool...
How did you write 'You Need The Blue Key'? What is the track about?
We really wanted to push ourselves creatively. Blue Key was the product of us taking a bunch of ideas that we've been working on for a while and collaging them together. The track is essentially a journey into the world of BINARY. We wanted to create a very vivid picture of what we want to represent, this strange and electronically distorted sound yet with sense of pop melody.
All your videos have a really specific style and look? Is that something you all work on together?
Yeah we try to reflect our sound and vibe in our visuals as much as possible. We have a very talented artistic director by the name of Camille Benett who we work very closely with. So pretty much everything from music videos to gig posters we do together.
What are your plans for 2013?
We're releasing our debut EP AMBER next month, which we're pretty stoked about. We're also gonna be releasing a remix EP which we're curating at the moment. There is a lot of weird and wonderful electronic music out there at the moment, so we're trying to capture as much of that as we can. Working closely with some artists that we really like and hopefully we'll make something interesting to complement the EP.
How is the music scene in London at the moment? Who should we look out for this year?
We're pretty isolationist as far as the London scene is concerned. There is a lot of indie band non-sense going on at the moment. I swear to God that if I have to listen to one more dick head talk about the return/demise of guitar music I am gonna start punching people. But we don't feel that there are any real scenes anymore, its all global now. New music lives and breathes on the internet being shared and enjoyed by likeminded people. There's a whole bunch of artists who are doing great things though. HTRK are one of our favourite bands at the moment. Forward Strategy Group are another.
What can we expect from the Amber EP? Does it fully demonstrate your sound?
We wanted to release a body of work that kind of sums us up at a point in time. Linking together older material from when we first started with newer stuff. Above all we just wanted to put something out there that we are really proud of. We put a lot of work into recording this EP, trying to make something interesting. But its very much a transitional record, where we came from and where we're going.
What's your least favourite aspect of the music industry?
The fact that some people who work in the industry don't even like music… They have no personal opinion or taste, they're just into hype and peddling vanilla bullshit.
Will you be playing any festivals this year?
Definitely yes. We'll playing a tonne of live dates this year.
Anything else you want to say?
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