Vessels // In Short

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With their smart brand of layered electronic wizardry, Leeds five-piece Vessels are one of the most utterly compelling British acts to emerge in recent years. It’s not hard to see why they’ve been championed by such authoritative voices as Jon Hopkins and their October tour will almost certainly prove to any sceptics that their capability stretches much further than the comfort zone of a studio.

We caught up with the group’s Tom Evans for all the usual In Short chit-chat and got some of the feature’s most entertaining answers yet – to the best of our recollection, however brilliant previous artists may have been, none of them could say they’d come close to killing Stephen Hawking.

Check out the track below while you work your way through the words and don’t miss Vessels when they hit XOYO on October 21st.

If I had to describe our music in 3 words, I’d use…
Live Dance Music

My favourite film ever is…
The Blues Brothers

The most famous person I’ve met is…
I once had to slam my car brakes on to avoid hitting Stephen Hawking crossing the road in Cambridge once. He was totally ignoring the traffic lights! Does that count as a meeting?

The best venue I’ve played so far is…
There was a baroque town square we played in Foligno, Italy recently that was pretty damn amazing, but it was possibly topped by the hill fort overlooking the Mediterranean at Rock Island in Marseille the next evening.

The song I hate the most is…
We were discussing this last night… so many to choose from, although I think I settled on ‘Mums Gone To Iceland’ by 90’s indie band Bennet. It has no redeeming features at all.

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Standing in a KwikSave supermarket giving out bits of paper promoting a brand of washing powder in the Lancashire town of Leyland. It was made even worse by Sue Pollard’s repeated voice over of ‘Now that’s what I call a KwikSave!’ in the horn break of ‘A Message To You, Rudy’ by The Specials (RIP Rico). That song is ruined for me now.

If I was in a tribute band it would be a…
Me and Pete actually did a couple for some new year parties at The Brudenell Social in Leeds. One year we did Graceland by Paul Simon in full (with kazoo solo in ‘You Can Call Me Al’) and another year Pete did a fine Johnny Cash impersonation, and I guested on kazoo for ‘Ring of Fire’. Can you see a theme developing here?

My favourite word is…
Spectangular

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
The power to regenerate the cells in my inner ear to regain my hearing and stop the never-ending tinnitus…

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
On the moon. Or in zero G at least.

I think you should listen to…
I’ve been checking out this Australian band called I’lls recently. Really nice stuff.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
I’d love to have seen Hendrix, Jeff Buckley or Nirvana if we’re talking dead or alive. If it’s just people still alive then Radiohead or Mazzy Star would be up there, though I’ve seen them both already. Would love to see Carl Craig and Laurent Garnier DJ. Maybe some legends like Aretha Franklin or Brian Wilson too.
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Live: XOYO – October 21st