Featured in our Ones to Watch 2015 blog, London based psych-blues quartet Saint Agnes are back with a brand new video for ‘A Beautiful Day For Murder’, the exclusive premiere for which is below. Heavy blues meets scuzzy rock n roll with beautiful vocal harmonies, released by Energy Snake Records (ex Vuvuvultures).
As well as the video premiere, members Jon and Kitty answered a few questions below:
How did you meet and decide to make music together?
Jon: My old band supported Kitty's other band, Lola Colt at a gig a couple of years ago and it wasn't long before we discovered a shared love for blues, Nick Cave and The Who. My other band was coming to an end and the music I was writing wasn't coming easily, but as soon as we played together everything just fell in to place. We inspired each other and both wanted to make music that was based on excitement and sponteneity.
How did you decide on your band name?
Jon: You know how ever day has a saint attributed to it? Well the first day we wrote a song happened to be the day of Saint Agnes. There's associations with sex, death and purity. All suitably dramatic for our mindset when writing our first songs.
How would you describe your sound?
Kitty: Essentially we’re a dirty blues rock n roll band but with Ennio Morricone flourishes.
Who did you grow up listening to?
Jon: Well at first it was my Dad's music, mostly 50's and 60's rock n' roll. Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly. Then as I got older I got into Black Sabbath, Led Zep and loads of metal. I still love that stuff!
Kitty: My dad was a child of the 60’s so Motown and rock n roll were the background to growing up.
What influences you, other than music?
Jon: Everything in our lives influences the music we make. You know, having a bad day can make you want to escape into music, create something to let your mind get away from reality. Or if you're feeling frustrated you'll want to have a release of tension by making something loud.
What new music are you listening to at the moment?
Kitty: Sonic Jesus have just done an incredible split single with The Black Angels. There’s a Brighton band, Bad for Lazarus, who are putting out some ace stuff. Loads really, a lot of our friends are in bands so we’re always hearing new sounds.
Jon: I like the new Eyehategod album!
Do you associate with any subcultures, or did you ever, growing up?
Jon: Well I used to get called a goth but never really felt like I was part of a sub culture or anything. Just a guy who prefers black clothes! In fact I would say I have always felt on the outside of everything, especially when younger.
Kitty: Yeah, I think I associate with the outsider. Growing up in an English family in a tiny village in Spain meant I didn't ever really know anyone else like me so I just got used to doing my own thing rather than being in any kind of group.
What's been the best show you've played recently?
Jon: Whatever the last gig was. I just love playing, anytime, anywhere.
Kitty: Yeah, we love to play live. Our last headline show was very cool as we had Adam from Fat White Family do a kind of one man band style blues set to open, then had friends ride their motor bikes into the venue. Pretty surreal seeing a Harley in a converted church in Hackney.
Who are your biggest style Icons?
Jon: I think we can both agree it doesn’t get any cooler than Jimi Hendrix.
Kitty: Wednesday and Morticia Addams.
What's next for the band?
Jon: We just recorded a 'live in the studio' kinda session and filmed it too. We play the songs a little differently live and wanted to get these versions recorded. It feels like the end of our first chapter so its a way of summing up what we have done so far and getting ready for the next wave of songs.
Kitty: We have a couple of shows coming up to end the year, one in Manchester and one in Brighton then we have the Artrocker New Blood Festival headline gig on the 7th Jan at the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen. We'll be releasing the live EP then.
If you could have any artist cover you, dead or alive, who would it be?
Jon: I'd be flattered by anyone covering us, but it'd be amazing to hear what Nick Cave could do with a song like A Beautiful Day For Murder. Actually maybe I'd like to hear Pantera cover us.