Next week, the Dutch student city of Groningen will transform itself into a musical hub fit for all as the annual Eurosonic Festival opens its doors. Ahead of the festival, we pinpointed and spoke to three of the most exciting acts on the line-up to find out more about them. The second artist we’d like to introduce you to is Irish trio Wyvern Lingo, whose music finds itself firmly embedded within the folk world. We caught up with the girls to find out more about them and their music.
Hey Wyvern Lingo. How are you? Can you tell us a little bit more about the band’s beginnings?
Hey, we’re good! We found each other just before high school and held on for dear life because as 12 year olds we were all discovering and falling in love with music for the first time. We all loved harmonies and playing music and so we have been Wyvern Lingo as long as we’ve been friends.
Where does your musical/lyrical influence tend to come from?
We are nineties babies, so plenty of R’n’B when we were growing up; Destiny’s Child, TLC, Xtina.. We love Jeff Buckley and early Chili Peppers. And we love folk and classic rock of the 60s and 70s (our parents record collection). These days we’re loving Hiatus Kaiyote, Solange, Anderson .Paak, Nao, Tame Impala… Love love love.
Can you tell us about how your new EP Letter to Willow (artwork below) came about?
It’s the first EP we released with our label. It was recorded in Cologne, Germany with Patrice Bart Williams, and we had such good craic making it. It’s a bit dark and heavy in places but lots of feel and (of course) harmonies. We’re very proud of the LTW EP, and very excited to go into the studio February to record our first album!
What’s the musical climate like right now back home in Ireland?
It’s great, Ireland is such a hub of good music. There are always loads of gigs and independent music festivals for up and coming bands, where Irish music is nurtured greatly. There’s even a great scene amongst musicians in Ireland – it’s rare to come across a musician you haven’t met before or (even better) haven’t heard of before.
I listed a few earlier but am very happy to list more: Bonzai and Mura Masa would be acts we’ve been enjoying lately. River Tiber’s new album Indigo is great, lots of dark lo-fi stuff going on. Vulfpeck. If you haven’t listened to Vulfpeck yet; you’re welcome!