Brighton-based punks CLT DRP have signed to Small Pond Records for the release of their debut album, 'Without The Eyes'. Due on 15th May, it's set to be a vital record for spring, full of on-point social commentary, disarming honesty, and their very own brand of tongue-in-cheek humour ("There's a lot of confusion with our band name, so our friend Kristen Hunt came up with an easy fix," they explain of the title). Daphne, Annie and Scott tell us about their band.
Hi CLT DRP, how's it going? Having a good week?
Annie: Hey hey, we are currently driving to Glasgow with InTechnicolour for the start of our baby tour.
Tell us about your band - who are you all, where did you meet, and what drew you to making music together?
Scott: We are Daphne Koskeridou, Annie Dorrett and I, we make CLT DRP. We met at University in 2015, basically I wanted to start a drum and bass metal band, and it turned into this. I knew I wanted an absolute machine on drums and having seen and played with Daphne before I knew she was the one. Annie struck me in two ways: first, when I saw her live, I was blown away by the presence she had and knew that would be crucial with this project. The second time was when I saw her play solo acoustic and heard what a beautiful voice she has too. Having that much versatility is exciting.
Annie: Yeah, it turned out to be a nice little surprise, didn't it?
Have you always known that you want to be musicians? Is it living up to the hype so far?
Scott: Well, I picked up a guitar at 7 years old. My older brother played drums in a band and seeing him play was really inspiring. All his mates would come round and be listening to Therapy? Nirvana, Prodigy, Metallica, Primus etc... they were good days.
Annie: I sang from a young age, but mostly Avril Lavigne and musical theatre. I didn't know I wanted to write this kind of music until I moved to England really.
Daphne: Funnily enough my first ever instrument was classical guitar at the age of 6. I think since then I always felt music was the one for me and when I picked up the drums at the age of 10 I was sure that's what I wanted to be doing. CLT DRP is definitely living up to the hype of being a musician and mostly a performer.
What was your entry point into feminist punk, did you grow up around this kind of music?
Scott: I always liked rebellious kind of music, not necessarily feminist punk... but in all honesty, I was inspired by meeting my wife about 9 years ago. She's educated and challenged me quite a bit to be better.
Annie: I didn't really grow up around punk or rock music, to be honest. I grew up with pop, musicals and weird acoustic folky music. It's been a long process of finding feminism, and I'm still working on it. Moving to England and being involved in the music scene was my entry point really. I just started going to a lot of live shows that exposed me to new genres and people.
Daphne: I didn't really grow up around feminist punk or feminism in general, I think since moving to the UK I've been introduced to both things properly.
Love your new single 'Where The Boys Are', where did it come from? What was the writing process like?
Daphne: When Scott brought the slicer riff in practice, I just instantly started playing the drum groove. We jammed around it a few times and the song was pretty much there. Annie came in and highlighted it perfectly with her amazing lyrics and execution of them.
Annie: Ahh I wanted to write a song that sort of gave a shout out to some of my favourite female artists like Peaches and Ani DiFranco. I also wanted to call out the older generation of feminists that are trans exclusive and against sex work. I don't really know how Scott and Daphne do it. It's a wonderful mess of ideas that ended up working together.
How do you tap into and channel the emotions that go into a song like this? It's super fun, empowering and raging all at once.
Annie: I'm actually a pretty big people pleaser. I find it very hard to speak up in most cases, and the band is just a way of telling my truth really. I'm also incredibly emotional, so it's not hard to tap into those feelings of anger and frustration.
Scott: We always like the idea of writing songs that stray a lil from a generic structure. I think we accomplished that quite well with this song and were able to transition from different styles throughout the track.
And it's from your debut album, right? What can you tell us about that? Has it been a long time in the works?
Annie: I don't think we thought we were ready to write an album a year ago. A few people came to us with the idea, and then they came to us with the reality of it, and we just thought why not?
Daphne: We definitely didn't think we'd be releasing an album so soon. But I think when the offer came in for recording one we all just thought yeah, we could do it. Everything happened so quickly I feel, it's quite surreal that we'll be releasing our debut album in May!
Did you have a mission statement going into the record?
Scott: From a production point of view, we wanted to give the illusion at times that we were an electronic band. So when people would see us live, they may be surprised to see it as drums and guitar.
Does the album see you draw from any unexpected influences?
Annie: Ah, my influences lyrically came from the women around me. I'm so grateful for the positive female friends and family I have. Musically I couldn't pinpoint it for you, but I'm obsessed with JPEGMAFIA at the moment. His new album is wicked, and that definitely influenced me during recording time.
Scott: French house, Ed banger scene. Sebastian, Justice and Mr Oizo definitely shine through with our track I Always Liked Your Mother Better.
What kind of challenges did you come up against during the album's creation?
Annie: I know nothing about anything when it comes to recording so I just kind of found it hard to find my feet. I'm really lucky to have Scott and Daphne by my side, they are really incredible musicians and always know how they want to sound. The album sounds pretty good and pretty weird. It's very impactful, and that's what's most important.
Scott: To be fair, we had the luxury of working with two amazing producers on this record, Toby May and Joe Caple. Who both made the process really fun and had a wealth of ideas to put forward too. But having a tight budget and not having months in the studio meant we had to have a really clear idea of how we were going to attack recording each instrument.
Daphne: Capturing that same energy we give at our live shows and transferring it through the record was the biggest challenge I think. But as Scott said we were lucky enough to work with Toby and Joe who both are great at what they're doing and helped us out quite a lot to achieve our little mission.
What else have you got going on at the mo, there's a new tour, right?
Scott: Yes, we have another tour in April and have our album launch in June at Green Door Store. We will be releasing other singles and have some other cheeky live videos too. We are aiming to hit Europe later in the year too.
CLT DRP's debut album 'Without The Eyes' is due on 15th May.