LATEST NEWS from … Duel of Sins- 02 Oct 2020 -
Pictured Molly (top) and Quinch: Duel of Sins
In this interview, Elizabeth chatted to Duel of Sins whose EP – Triad – is released today 2 October 2020.
When were you both first introduced to music?
Molly: My first recollection of a song was “Loving You” by Minnie Riperton. I just remember it sounding very soothing and feminine as a little girl. Records passing over the family record player included The Dubliners and The Spinners (my mum being Northern Irish) and jazz artists such as George Melly and Humphrey Lyttleton.
Quinch: My parents had a huge record collection – almost exclusively jazz. I think this is the main reason that I got into rock music at an early age. I’ve also grown up playing with computers and saw the potential for using them to make noise right from the start. The two have grown up hand in hand with me for as long as I can remember.
Who has been the greatest influence on your sounds?
Molly: Gitane DeMone
Quinch: Hearing the 12” remix of Stumbo by JG Thirlwell at full volume, and Peter Gabriel. The pair of them have an awful lot to answer for though so I’d like to think of it as a tie!
When did you start work on this new EP? How was the process?
Quinch: TBH, I can’t put an exact date on it. Most of my work starts off as ideas that may only last a few bars and sit around on my computer, evolving or gathering dust. The spark for Triad came last summer when I met up with Molly at an early morning rave and we started talking about music over a kale smoothie and a vegan sausage butty. I’d been wanting to write about the Dark Triad of Personality Disorders for a while so it was a case of dusting off the segments that fitted the moods I wanted to portray, then giving Molly enough of a brief to go away and run with the songwriting.
Molly: I really appreciated the artistic freedom Quinch gave me. I stamped my mark most on Eye on You melody and lyric wise and it was a real exploration of Psychopathy. I wanted to create an atmosphere of suspense, arrogance and control while giving it an unconventional spin as the perpetrator is female.
Can you sum up the EP musically?
Molly: A mixture of Dark Electro, Dance and Alternative Pop with a shot of your favourite drink from a goth or dance club in the 80s and or 90s – Absynthesiser?
Quinch: The overall vibe is purely self-indulgent but I wanted to make sure that each song was keeping with the underlying themes. For example, MeMeMe has a deliberately split personality which mutates without much warning somewhere in the middle, and Eye on You has all the fun of an Ibiza foam party organised by Hannibal Lecter.
How did the EP title come about?
Quinch: I’ve always been into writing concept pieces but didn’t want to do a whole album so was looking for something that would make sense with just three or four tracks. Eye on You sounds like a fun dance track with eyes meeting over a dance floor but when you scratch the surface it’s all about a psychopath stalking their next victim. For Loser, I wanted to capture a lovers’ tiff where the couple had forgotten what they were arguing about and Machiavellianism had taken over, so all they’re doing is trying to score points off each other. Finally, MeMeMe is a brutal exploration of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a Narcissist.
What songs are you looking forward most to playing live?
Quinch: I’ve been having a think about how we’re going to put a live show together when the world settles down and I think Loser might morph into a much heavier, rock song. I’ve been eyeing up some new kit that generates the meanest, nastiest distortion I’ve ever heard and am itching to try it out on stage with this one.
Molly: I’m most excited about MeMeMe as the drum sound and rhythms are very rousing and I get lost in the energy of it. I could imagine it being a floor-filler. It’s definitely a stomper.
What’s next for Duel Sins?
Quinch: I’m looking forward to writing as a duo rather than Molly picking up pieces that I’d already written before we met. Now I know what her style is like it’s given me a whole load of ideas that I probably wouldn’t have thought of if I’d written them on my own.