26 September 2011

Fresh Meat Monday - Age of Consent

Would you care to introduce yourself?

I am Joe Reeves and I play guitar, sampler and sing in Age of Consent.

How would you describe the music you make?

Two-person gothic-pop.

How did you start out making music?

We began in a band called Shitdisco. that was fun for, like 5 years or so, then we decided to make a change. with Age of Consent, we like to emphasise the darker elements of pop music. songs such as Tainted Love by Gloria Jones / Soft Cell, A Forest by The Cure and We Share our Mother's Health by The Knife are the roots of where we get our influences.

What process goes into the way you write songs?

During the last 10 years I lost both my parents, so I feel as a natural way of dealing with this, I gravitate to universal feelings of loss, whether it be that of the unrequited love of an unworkable relationship or the death of someone you love. We then try and couple this with melodies and choruses you sing along to. Whether we do this well or not is for the audience to decide.

What can people expect from your live shows?

Hymns and sermons of loss & redemption that build in intensity towards the end.

What are you all listening to at the moment?

In terms of new music I've been listening to the new Twin Shadow album which is great. so is Jamie Smith (XX) / Rainbow Arabia / Ford & Lopitan and Joe Goddard's new stuff is great too. On top of that, as a band, we periodically go through periods of 'classic' bands such as, Jesus and Mary Chain, Suicide, The Cure to more recent stuff like The Knife and Animal Collective.

What can we expect to see/hear from you in 2011?

We have just released our 1st single, 'The Beach' on limited edition 7" vinyl & download. We are just about to begin working on our second single and are booking in multiple European shows & some others further afield. Here's the video for The Beach and you can buy it here


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