Krista Lynch is the bassist of Manningtree’s best band, SuperGlu.
Armed with an array of bold and lively garage-pop tunes, the four-piece has previously performed at SXSW and Reading Festival.
We spoke to Krista about the band’s latest release ‘Soil’, which is out now, lockdown and more.
It’s a very weird time for everyone at the moment but releasing music in this uncertain time is particularly anxiety inducing with everything being under such a microscope.
At the same time, releases are seemingly the only safe haven keeping fans sane.
How do you feel ‘Soil’ responds to the current climate?
I’ve never really minded about the microscope or dissection of any of the music we put out.
As a band we love the songs and love playing them so that’s always been the most important thing for me – so in a way that hasn’t changed much.
Though I guess for me, releasing music is also about the possibility of forming an emotional connection with someone you may never meet, making others feel happy, joyous, excited or perhaps something else if they don’t like it – because that’s ok too.
It was written and recorded a while back, so for me personally, it doesn’t reflect the current climate – but people can take what they want from it, that’s the beauty of art and music.
‘Soil’ seems primarily about escapism and bravery, reinforced through the animation of the lyrics in the music video.
What’s the escape in regard to? What is the message you are trying to get across in the context that the song was written?
Songwriting isn’t necessarily always about trying to get a particular point across – sometimes lyrics just come out and you don’t have any idea why.
But there is definitely an element of escapism – we can all identify with that at the moment.
For me, songs can mean different things at different times in my life and I find that their meanings constantly evolve.
Perhaps, I do relate to what’s going on at the moment but next year it might mean something else – I hope so anyway.
Whilst we are on the subject of the music video, the animations are delivered quite light-heartedly and in a comedic manner through the cartoon style representation: even though the lyrics themselves are very real and full of horror.
What’s the motive and importance behind mixing comedy with horror in this tongue and cheek illustration of the song?
We kinda let the guys at Studio Goblin create what they wanted to.
Studio Goblin is an extremely talented new independent creative company and it was important to us that they had the chance to interpret the song and come up with their own ideas.
Everyone hears, sees and experiences the world in a different way – so why not celebrate that.
We would also like to big up the PRS Foundation for helping us fund the project, we are eternally grateful.
How important was it to make ‘Soil’ one of your comeback songs as a band after hiatus?
It feels really good as it’s one of the songs we loved playing when we toured for the first time in over a year – so yeah it was important in that it reminds me of the good times – it’s fresh and new.
You debuted ‘Soil’ on vinyl exclusively with Flying Vinyl at the end of April – why is the mantra ‘the revolution will not be digital’ paramount to the ethics of SuperGlu?
I really like the idea of having something physical to hold when releasing music – makes it seem more real.
Though we have done solely digital releases as well.
However, recently, I’ve been thinking about the environmental affect of manufacturing records but some research has informed me that digital releases aren’t as totally green as I had previously thought.
Amazingly I found out that the internet is responsible for 2 per cent of global carbon emissions. So who knows what’s best?
I guess the records are only non-recyclable if people intend on throwing them in the bin. …lolz.
You have been commended across the board for your reputation as one of the best live acts that the UK has to offer, so what is it that makes a SuperGlu gig not one to miss?
I think what makes it special is that as a band we all love each other a lot and really are having the best time ever when we are performing.
We aren’t afraid to be ourselves and I think thats what the audiences enjoy seeing.
How have SuperGlu amalgamated their presence via social media at a time where live shows are suspended and postponed until the foreseeable?
We are probably quite poor at maintaining our social media presence.
I was ‘on top of it’ a few years ago but now it kinda freaks me out and isn’t really something I enjoy doing.
I love the connection with fans – it’s just all the other bullshit that comes along with it.
But I understand at the moment it’s a great tool to stay engaged with people which is of course a good thing during a global pandemic.
So yeah, Ben Brown did a live stream a few weeks ago – he has also recorded a Beach Boys cover of ‘Help me Rhonda’ which we will probably share soon.
I’ve been writing a lot of my own songs so maybe I’ll do a live streaming session or something if I’m brave enough.
What’s the next chapter looking like for SuperGlu?
New music definitely – we have lots to put out still.
We will always be writing. Touring – hopefully soon. Enjoying life.
If there had to be one thing you’d want your listener to take away from SuperGlu, what is it?
Be yourself. Have fun. Friends are good – keep hold of them.
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