The Cellophane Flowers

M chats to The Cellophane Flowers, self-confessed ‘masters of female-fronted, driving, psycho-pop’…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 9 Nov 2012
  • min read
If you like hook-filled pop tunes, then you’re likely to fall for the charms of The Cellophane Flowers.  

Fra, Ian, Luca and Nick make up the various musical parts of the band - they've been touting their wares around London’s live music scene for some time. Next month sees the culmination of their hard work with the release of debut album Staring At The World, which comes out digitally on 3 December 2012.

The ten tracks contained within the album were recorded and produced by David M Allen, whose extensive discography includes The Cure, Depeche Mode, Human League and The Charlatans. The band have already received props from BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music while they’ve built up a loyal live following. M spoke to the band to find out what the fuss is all about…

How long have you been making music?

We've been making music together for about five years. But one way or another, we've all been creating sounds since we were kids.

What inspired your new album?

The album is about alienation and not belonging. It's inspired by relationships that never were, jobs that never fulfil and dehumanise you and a social and political settlement that turned out to have never existed. We wanted to make an album that tied together these disparate emotions and musical approaches in a coherent musical collection. The album pours an emotional hole into a musical whole.

What process do you go through to create your music? 

Ian and Fra write the songs, sometimes complete and sometimes halfway there – they are brought into the rehearsal room to be knocked into shape or sent right back out again. We jam a lot too, which can give us a good starting point for a song. An example of that is Voices - the rhythm, chords and riff for the verses were jammed out before we wrote a word or a melody.

How would you describe your sound?

We say psycho-pop a lot. Partly as a piss-take made up genre as it's quite funny how some people cling to genres twenty years after they died. It’s partly also to get across the idea that there are some psychedelic influences but the focus is always on the fact that we make pop songs. We get quite a few Sonic Youth and Velvet Underground name checks, so there's something a bit arty in there too. Live, we're much more rocky.

What would your dream collaboration be?


Where can we catch you performing next?

Our next gig is at Power's Bar, Kilburn on Saturday 10 November. We're then launching the album at Paper Dress, Shoreditch on Thursday 6 December.