Woman’s Hour have released their first new music in almost 5 years in the form of Ephyra, the follow-up to 2014’s Conversations. We caught up with the band ahead of their show at The Dome, Tufnell Park this Friday to find out a little more about them, from food, to Simon & Garfunkel, to The Simpsons…

Due to deteriorating mental health, Woman’s Hour decided to break-up shortly before the completion of their latest record, Ephyra. The break-up represented so many different things: relief, sadness, grief. But ultimately, a year after separating they felt a collective drive and desire to finish the album and draw a line in the sand. Fiona describes it as “a kind of rebirthing. An opportunity to reflect on what happened and embrace what we achieved.”

During the process of writing the album, communication between the band members became increasingly fraught and tense. The songs themselves became a way to explore these feelings and express their effect. Loud, aggressive crescendos are followed by isolated vocal harmonies or haunting foley which combines to create an intimate-yet-dynamic pallette and a bold, frank medium for the messages that are contained within. Emotions that felt too ugly or too painful to talk about were delivered as lyrics.

The process was an unconventional one: writing an album, breaking up, leaving their label, and spending a year apart before feeling an insuppressible need to release what they made together. The release of Ephyra affirms that Woman’s Hour are a band in flux. With a record forged from remains, Ephyra is a post mortem examination of a band unafraid of honesty, no matter how exposing it may feel. It poses the question of whether this is the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning.

Woman’s Hour are playing three shows around the UK this week, including one at The Dome, Tufnell Park on Friday 22nd. We caught up with the band ahead of tonight’s show to find out a little more about them…

Three words to describe our music
Icy electronica noir (a review said that recently and I like it!)

Last photo on your phone…
Fiona with her lovely boys from the other day! That’s fortuitous that she used my phone, the rest of the pictures on here are pretty dull.

Favourite instagram account…
I don’t use Instagram, but there’s got to be a good Simpsons one right? Like the Simpsons Quote Of The Day twitter account…that one!

The best venue I’ve played…
Barbican was pretty special.

Earliest song you remember…
Simon & Garfunkel probably…I’ll say it was The Sound Of Silence, right ear worm.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
Being in a band!

Favourite food on tour…
Anything fresh!

My Favourite word…
Indubitably.

Things that cheer me up…
Preston North End winning
Good music
Good food
Good beer
Good things!

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Springfield

I think you should listen to…
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – De Facto

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
The Be Sharps

Woman’s Hour play The Dome, Tufnell Park this Friday 22nd March.

Photo by Matilda Hill Jenkins