Made up of sisters Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor, The Staves have been making music since their childhood. With their debut EP Mexico recently released on Atlantic, they headline the Communion night at the Academy 2 this Saturday alongside Paul Thomas Saunders, I Draw Slow and Christof Van Der Ven.
Who are you and where are you from?
We are The Staves and we are from Watford .
Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?
There are loads of great musicians from Watford: younghusband, Kyla La Grange, Daughter… we always loved going to see our mates’ bands play when we were growing up. Geri Haliwell is also a bit of a legend.
What’s it really like touring?
Travelodges a-go-go. Late nights and early starts. Booze. It’s the best, though. Seriously.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Oh so hard to pick… we always seem to have particular fun in Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow. Many a messy night has been had in those cities. Such friendly people and brilliant music scenes.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Can we choose from past and present bands? If so, we’d have: The Band, Feist, The Beatles, Nickel Creek, David Bowie, Simon and Garfunkel & Fleet Foxes. And DJ Yoda.
Tell us a tour story…
What happens on tour stays on tour!
What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?
Well, doing our own headline shows feels like a biggie. Playing with a band is also really great. Oh, and we got a record deal, which was nice. Actually, scrap that, we were recently described by someone at a gig as “Fleet Foxes with tits”, which was definitely a high to trump all aforementioned highs.
What do you do to relax?
What are you reading?
Emily is reading The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (for the 4th time) and Jessica has just finished Timbuktu by Paul Auster.
Camilla can’t read.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Nope. Apart from Neighbours. Neighbours never lets you down.
What’s the last thing you bought online?
A guitar pick-up. And a book on the best places to go for tea and cake in London (present for a friend – she bloody loves cake).
Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?
Peter Andre. I know it was a while ago, but ‘Insania’ blew us away.
What is the worst cover your band has ever performed?
We only do good covers!
Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?
Millie once smashed her uke over a fan’s head. He was talking through one of our songs and she just lost it. Nah, not really.
What is your favourite…
…Album of the last year?
100 Acres of Sycamore by Fionn Regan. So beautiful…
That would take forever to decide upon.
…Lost classic song?
‘Morning Theft’ by Jeff Buckley.
… Record label?
Atlantic and Communion
The Bed Intruder Song – Antoine Dodson.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
There’s a Scottish lass called Rachel Sermanni who we think is ace, and Christof Van Der Ven, who is truly wonderful. We’re really excited to see what happens with them.
Last great gig you went to?
Willy Mason at the Union Chapel, London.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Crowd-surfing and mosh-pits.