Interview: “Songs about love will always be the truest” – Untitled Magazine

A 7-page Gavin Friday feature/interview in ‘Untitled Magazine‘ (previously known as Carson Magazine – the drama surrounding the name change is amusing – Google it…).

Colleen Nika asks Gavin what decisions went into making ‘catholic’ reality and whether his work on film scores influenced the compositional process:

“I wanted to make another album – the break didn’t necessarily need to last so long, but life gets in the way sometimes. I’d written a lot of songs over the years and I know I wanted to work with someone I’d never worked with before for this one. I knew I didn’t want to be a slave to ProTools, either. You can’t be too calculated going into the process – I wanted to leave room for possibilities. I wanted edgy but someone that I understand -Ken Thomas name came up and it made sense. He’d been around longer than me, worked with Cocteau Twins and Throbbing Gristle, and brings a great drama to his production.”

“It definitely influenced it. I wanted acoustic songs that became cinematic soundscapes. The whole album feels so English; we recorded it in Dublin in my house, but mixed it in Yorkshire. Thomas’s son helped engineer it and I invited friends to play on some tracks – there was a great synchronicity between all of us. We had so many songs to play with, but once we finished “Lord I’m Comin’; and we knew we were onto a winner. It only took us six weeks to record the whole thing.”

Order Untitled magazine (issue #2, 2011) from their website.

Review (French) : “Sweet ballads like whispered confessions” – Hard Rock magazine


A positive 7 out of 10 from France’s Hard Rock magazine: “With his voice and velvet arrangements, Gavin Friday envelops the listener and caresses them as if he’s pacifying his own evils. It’s a beautiful “crooner” CD which in the end is crowned in bliss by the Nick Cave-ian “Lord I’m Coming”.”

Interview (French) : “The child has grown up a lot” – Elegy

Elegy magazine from France asks: “Do you still feel able to see the world with the innocent and primitive eyes of a child?”

Gavin: “I always relate to the child in me. But the child has grown up a lot.”

Elegy: “Are your lyrics always about your personal emotions?”

Gavin: “Yes, they always have been, more or less.”

Elegy: “The best songs on the album talk about love, or the loss of love…”

Gavin: “Up to a certain point, yes. But the loss must be confronted to make it positive. Otherwise we let it turn us into victims.”