Q&A with Inca Gold

Hi guys! I’m thoroughly enjoying your first two EPs, Inca Gold I and Inca Gold II, which are part of a series of three EPs. Who’s in the band and what instruments do you play? How did you all meet up?

We are Ezequiel Claverie (Vocals/Guitars/Keyboards), Ben Chatwin (Guitars/Keyboards), Alex Lewis (Drums) & Chris Howarth (Bass).

Alex: We were mutual friends in London and all in various bands and solo projects at the time, but it felt right to get together as a four-piece and start something new. Wish we had a good Rock ‘n’ Roll story to answer this question, but alas, we don’t… it was pretty natural really.

How did you decide on your band name? It has mysterious and alluring connotations, kind of like your music. Is that what you were going for?

Eze:  In the beginning we really struggled to find a name. You know, it’s quite hard to find something that sounds cool and original but is not silly. We had few bad ones for a while (we actually spent months without a band name) and then someone had the brilliant idea of going through all the Choose Your Own Adventure books and we all agreed we liked one called Chase of the Inca Gold or something like that. There’s another book by Clive Cussler called Inca Gold, but I don’t think any of us has read it or even know what it’s about.

What was the motivation behind the plan to release three successive EPs, instead of a full-length debut?

 Chris:  We wanted to just start getting our stuff out there, but in a way that wasn’t just haphazard. We’ve tried to release material in a structured way so each EP feels like a work in its own right and not throwaway. It’s come about that it’s sort of documented our sound evolving and coming together throughout the year, and we’re really looking forward to EP III as we think it’s our best stuff yet and we’re achieving something unique to us.

Does each EP have its own distinct identity or is it part of the whole, with similar themes and instrumentation?

 Chris:  We didn’t plan anything to separate each EP and thought that once all 3 are out they would work together as a whole. But, as above, each has sounded different as we’ve developed naturally.

It sounds like you were influenced by Radiohead and Sigur Ros, at least to my ears, but I also read in your press release that “Turkish Psych” also figures into your sound. How so?

We’ve just been listening to a lot recently and some of of our newer stuff is definitely sounding a bit more psychedelic.

Been listening a lot to this woman Selda, she’s great:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YofAzLcIU8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiqIMm93n0c&feature=fvwrel

You recorded demos first and then created your EPs. What are the differences between the demos and the finished material? How does the demo recording help in your creative process?

Eze:  Demos are a good platform to experiment and try different things. You can print your ideas and take your time to listen back and see what works and what doesn’t. We are all able to record at home, so it’s very easy to send ideas around and collect them back into demos.

I did some reading online about Inca Gold and found out that Ben, you are also simultaneously in Talvihorros (well, you *are* Talvihorros) and you released an album, Descent Into Delta, last August on Hibernate Records. How are doing with juggling the bands?

Ben:  So far it’s been pretty easy and I really enjoy being involved in both projects – it’s a nice contrast from working primarily at home and by myself to getting in a room or on stage and playing with a group. It’s live where I really appreciate being in the band – when there is a chemistry, there is nothing better than those moments when in the middle of playing, where there seems to be some sort of connection, and the music is elevated to somewhere it’s never been before, it’s a wonderful feeling.

Are you signed to a record label or are you self-releasing the EPs? Where can we find your EPs?

Self releasing at the moment via our website:  http://incagold.bandcamp.com/

You can stream and download everything there.

Have you played any gigs and if so, what’s the vibe like?

 Good. We’ve played gigs in London. Our first ones were quiet, but we weren’t telling anyone about them as we wanted to keep on the down-low to begin with. Now more people are coming to see us which is nice.