You can try, but we doubt you’ll be able to resist the singular brand of beat-driven electronica, strings and soul that is Picturebook. Think all gigs in town are the same? Go see them live. We guarantee you’ll get your money’s worth. Ahead of this weekend’s spooktacular at the Shipping Forecast SevenStreets pinned the globe-and-genre-spanning threesome down for a catch up. It wasn’t easy, mild sedatives were administered…
Picture Book span the globe. But how did you all meet?
Dario: Lorne and I were having breakfast back in Manhattan, and as I cracked my egg, out popped Greta. She had a nice tweet tweet, so we scrambled her over our sweet buttered beats.
It’s been a good year for you. What’s been the highlights?
Lorne: We have had some really special moments this year (recording with Deadmau5, recording our EP with Dan Grech in London at Hospital, Fieldview Festival with our friends in Swindon), but best of all was coming back to Liverpool and throwing our own string of gigs – starting huge parties with fans and friends really getting wild with us!
Do you think your particular blend of electronica and great performances make you stand out in Liverpool?
Lorne: Partly. But again, we would like to think that its because we are adamant about putting the fun back into live gigs! Unsigned (and some signed music) has been inundated with boring shoe-starers, who genuinely don’t care whether you are there or even having a good time – we want people to come to our shows and feel like that 3 quid on the door was a bargain!
That’s why our line ups are always eclectic and our live shows are always OTT!
What do you think of the Liverpool music scene right now?
Dario: It is thriving, but falling in on itself because of an over-saturation of underground music in clubs.
What do you hope for in 2011?
What are you listening to right now?
What do you like in Liverpool right now?
Tell us something we don’t know about Picture Book.
Picturebook, The Shipping Forecast, October 31
Slater Street, Liverpool
Main pic: Amy Tomlinson