In our next band spotlight interview, we chat to Stef Bernardi of Whales In Cubicles about the band’s inspirations on new album, ‘Death In The Evening’.
S] Can you tell us the overriding themes present on Death In The Evening?
Stef] “Failure, acceptance and hope.”
S] What makes the band passionate about creating outside of music – think films and everyday events?
Stef] “We have done a lot of our own videos, and so that’s a medium we’re passionate about.”
S] ‘Yesterday’s News’ is such a tune, can you talk us through the inspirations for that one?
Stef] “It was really just a big ‘fuck you, I don’t care anymore. I am genuinely excited to be your past, the one you want to have nothing to do with, I’m going to revel in it.'”
S] Can you also explain another favourite of ours, ‘All The Pretty Flowers’?
Stef] “In December last year, I went through a phase of total isolation for about a month. It’s about the neighbourhood I’ve lived in for the past six years. All the characters in the song are real I just changed their names.”
S] What are your favourite places to play up north, and why?
Stef] “Manchester is an all time favourite of ours, we seem to always have a great time up there. Newcastle is great too! oh so many, we love being up north.”
S] What are the band’s aims for the rest of 2014?
Stef] “Never a dull moment, off to Europe in March and more dates in April and May until the festival season. I’m working on songs for the second album right now.”
S] If you could come up with a Frankenstein’s monster for the Whales In Cubicles’ sound – the head of Nirvana, and the arms of Weezer for example, what would it be and why?
Stef] “Mark Kozelek’s [Red House Painters] eyes to see beauty in frailty, Neil Young’s heart to uplift and inspire, and Dave Grohl’s hands, to hit the drums really hard.”