As much as things were progressive, everything happened quite quickly and we found ourselves often scrambling for time to prepare for touring, for everything, and I think now we just know that it’s better to start early to get ready for things. – Daughter
British indie-folk band Daughter have been on the road, promoting their sophomore album How To Disappear. They played a set at this year’s Osheaga and took the time to let us know their thoughts on touring in Canada, the inspiration for their latest album, and their plans for a new tour.
Confront: What do you think of Osheaga so far?
Daughter: Oh, brilliant! We actually had the best lunch ever, the catering’s amazing here. And it’s just super beautiful.
Confront: What’s the story behind the band name?
Daughter: We were trying to think about one word that would sum up the feeling of the lyrics and Daughter felt like the right thing, as at the beginning there were lots of songs written about childhood and what it was like to be a daughter. It made sense with the general vibe of the music.
Daughter: We took a lot of inspiration from what we’d seen on the road and touring with other bands and it impacted us a lot, seeing how they did things. It was really inspiring.
With this album we decided to take our time. A lot of people probably rush the second album, thinking they need to get it out there. We rented a little space in London to write demos of songs and it’s only after about a year and a half that we ended up finding a producer and a space to record the actual album.
Confront: How would you say your sound has progressed from the first album to the second?
Daughter: We honed in on what we like to use and what we feel sounds good. We experimented as we went along and as the songs were starting to get together, there was this feeling that there was a bit more anger, so we worked on sounds that went well with what the lyrics were saying, like slightly harsher guitars or metallic sounds.
Confront: Which song is most meaningful to you right now?
Daughter: It’s hard to say. Probably “Doing The Right Thing” is the one that I won’t change the way I feel about it. There are some times when you write a song and you go back you think oh, I wrote that ten years ago, that’s a different me. Whereas I feel like “Doing The Right Thing” is so much about my grandmother and trying to express how I feel about her Alzheimer’s and how I’m trying to see everything through how she sees it.
Confront: What is it like to tour in North America compared to the UK and Europe?
Daughter: It’s different. And it changes between Canada and the US and the states of the US. People are always so happy to be here, it’s always a bit of a celebration, which is really nice. Sometimes there’s a little bit more of an introverted-ness in the UK about a crowd. Maybe that just says something about the way people are about showing their emotions, it might be a slightly British thing [Laughs].
Confront: Are there any plans for a tour?
Daughter: Yeah, hopefully it should be announced pretty soon. Before the end of the year. Hopefully a more extensive tour in the autumn.
Confront: What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned so far as a band?
Daughter: Be prepared. As much as things were progressive, everything happened quite quickly and we found ourselves often scrambling for time to prepare for touring, for everything, and I think now we just know that it’s better to start early to get ready for things.
And to be honest, creatively honest and as honest as you can be as a person.
Confront: What would you say is your motto these days?
Daughter: Be kind. Human kindness is something that we all really need right now. Sometimes you just need to give a little more of yourself to other people ‘cause it can be quite a sad world.