Don’t Throw The Couscous – Blood Indians interview

Blood Indians are a very new band (writes Andy Wood). Having played a ‘secret’ gig they then played their debut gig at The Doghouse in early October as Untrust. They may have looked slightly nervous but the songs are pretty damn good. At times they sound quite fragile, delicate even, with sparse percussion and stark structures. They can equally sound robust, dark and even a little scary at times. While there is certainly a folk element to the sound it’s tempered by other factors and the effect is beguiling and entrancing. I’m really looking forward to seeing them again. And again…

Ahead of their second ‘proper’ show opening for Meursault on Friday at Beat Generator Live in Dundee, Blood Indians answered a few questions.

AW – Can you introduce yourselves and tell us how you came to be in a band?

BI – We have been a band since the summer of 2012 when we all reached for the final sachet of Ainsley Harriet Morrocan style couscous and from then on we were bound together and became Blood Indians.

We consist of Deneka Greensmith, Joanne Forbes, Rowan Wright and Sarah Brown.

AW – Where did the name Blood Indians come from?

BIOne day we saw a feather…

AW – How would you describe Blood Indians to someone who hadn’t heard you before?

BI – At the moment we are pretty acoustic with a sort of dark, folk sound, but in the near future we plan to go a bit mental.  Watch this space.

AW – What are your influences and inspirations, musical and otherwise?

BI – *Takes deep breath*
Warpaint, First Aid Kit, Savages, Cocteau Twins, King Creosote, The XX, Best Coast, Anna Calvi, Blondie, The Civil Wars, The Tallest Man On Earth, Crystal Castles, Florence and the Machine, Admiral Fallow, No Doubt (We like Gwen), The Horrors, Joy Division, The Velvet Underground, France Gall, Francoise Hardy, Robert Montgomery, John Keats, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, The Ronettes, Sparklehorse, Those Dancing Days, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Tom Wolfe, Yuck, Associates, Bat For Lashes, Conor Oberst, Daughter, Joni Mitchell, Laura Viers, Madder Rose, Mazzy Star, The Ravonettes, Stealing Sheep, Tennis, TLC… But obviously our biggest musical influence is  Hanson

AW – You’ve only played a handful of gigs to date but what has been your most memorable moments so far?

BI – Just to say that we’ve only played one real gig and it’s been with Vladimir, Blindfolds and The Shithawks was cool enough…  Joanne even cried afterwards.  We were all a bit starstruck.

AW – Do any of the band members have any rituals or routines prior to performing?

BI – We like to invent a new word, this week’s word is ‘apeljuicenbeerden’ make you what you want of it.

We also made a totem pole out of cereal boxes, we pray to him occasionally.

AW – What plans do you have for the immediate future?

BI – We are planning to get a bit louder and are taking a trip northwards to do some writing.   No internet, no shops, no nothing.   Just us and our music… Woof!

AW –  What’s the one thing I’ve not asked that I should have asked – and  what’s the answer?

BI – What is your favourite food?

We fucking love couscous, but don’t throw it at us on stage that would make a fucking mess!

Here’s a video of one of the songs from their Doghouse performance as filmed by Daisy Dundee:

Blood Indians, open for Meursault at Beat Generator Live in Dundee on Friday 9th November and will likely be on shortly after 8 p.m. Man Without Machines are also on the bill.

Doors at 7:30 pm and tickets on the door will be £8. Advance tickets at £6 are still available from Groucho’s in Dundee or online from Brown Paper Tickets and We Got Tickets. The gig is on Facebook here.