Bathymetry is a band that hails from somewhere between Liverpool and Manchester, UK. This year, they released their first album, which plays beautifully between dark and light, heavy and airy, pop and rock. Read on to hear some of the band's favorite songs, watch their music videos (one of which was illustrated by Emily), learn more about this wonderful band, what inspires them, and what they hope to accomplish in the future.
The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
A: Ariel, 25, Bathymetry, Vocals & Guitar
D: Dave, 22, Bum, Anyone that needs me, Drums
E: Emily, 23, None, Nobody, Bass, Vocals & Guitar
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
A: Many of my hobbies seem to tie into the band. I like to take photos with my old Canon AE-1 and that comes in handy for capturing our antics. I like books a whole lot and try to be a writer of sorts. Often reading a novel will inspire a new tune/new lyrics. Films can also be inspiration goldmines – I prefer fantasy & horror but anything with a good storyline/interesting visuals is my cup of tea.
I suppose the more you go swimming in the pool of dreams the more things you can bring back to the surface. So it's good to just keep doing things even if the results aren't always terribly impressive.
D: Mainly sleeping, and then I feel bad for sleeping so long so that motivates me to practice and experiment with music. I play games a lot too, I’m not sure how or if that inspires me. Maybe it’s just for fun.
E: I like walking. I noticed that my thought processes are a bit different when I am in transit. I really love flying, although I don’t get to do it very much because I spend all my money on trains. Apart from hanging out with my best friends, I also love sun bathing, swimming, watching cartoons, going to the swings, beach hangout, café hopping, riding roller coasters, cutting bowl and playing on the computer.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
A: Sometimes we spend a lot of time touring or making videos/photos/etc. to accompany the music and we don't end up getting as much time as we might like to just sit down and work on new songs. Add in a day job and it becomes even trickier. The other day I was cooking dinner & managed to write half a tune in between stirring the spaghetti sauce & frying the mushrooms. It seems like it's mostly a matter of keeping your brain open and a notepad/guitar close at hand.
D: I don’t think I have a hard time balancing it. The only personal work I’m proud of is music, I don’t take pride in much else.
E: I have a hard time differentiating. Same thing innit.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
A: I tend to come alive around 5 p.m. and spend most of the morning grogging about. I guess creative + productive are the same thing to me, and usually things just happen in little bursts. I just try to always be ready for some sort of little thought to send me down a wormhole.
D: Probably late at night. If I’m not gigging or working, then I’ll wake up pretty late so the middle of the night is pretty much the afternoon for me.
E: I think that patterns of productivity and creativity are actually correlated more directly to the influence of the moon than the sun, measuring these cycles rather than the earth day. Personally, I feel that the rates do oscillate and sometimes the peaks can be overwhelming. Although it’s difficult to rationalise the time-scale of these patterns, I can say for sure that periods of hyper-productivity and creativity also comes with some sort of social explosion and intense feelings towards humans and other living things. I need much less food and sleep to work well and I suppose this means that I work longer through nights. It feels awesome and a bit tragic too.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
A: Would pretty much love to carry on just working with Emily & Dave and make like...a hundred albums together. Then tour them all over the universe.
D: I’d love to keep playing with Ariel and Emily, just keep making music and tour it all over. Hopefully tour America at some point in the future!
E: It’s a secret!!
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
A: The band encompasses pretty much everything for me. I'm inspired by life, films, art, fairy tales, nature, history...and especially by Emily & Dave.
D: I play with a few friends, just writing different styles of songs. I’m not really seeking other bands, but if friends need a drummer and I’m free, I’ll just take the opportunity to play. I love playing all different genres so taking any chance to play is a lot of fun. I’m mainly inspired by music and other musicians, old game music is also fun to play along to and can unearth some pretty cool ideas. When I’m playing with the band though I don’t usually have a process, it just seems to come pretty naturally.
E: At the moment I am channelling my energies into making new material and also exploring new depths of the songs that have already manifested. My main sources of inspiration are Dave and Ariel! They allow me to be myself. I haven’t found this with other musicians before. It’s top! Beyond this, I’m super inspired by the work of Jesse Moynihan, Pendleton Ward, Justin Roiland and Ben Jones. Experiencing their work just breaks down any mental boundaries for me, that seem to creep up over time. Everything seems possible and beautiful and scary. They are just the best!
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
A: We've just put out our first album and are going to spend the next year gigging, making music videos, making art, etc etc to get as many people to hear it as possible. Plus we're already working on Album 2!
D: Buy our album.
E: Sweet chili sauce please!