Jonny, the new musical partnership between Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub and Euros Childs of the now-defunct Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, have premiered their new video for "You Was Me" today at IFC.com. Sure to make you long for a trip to beautiful Wales, the video showcases Pembrokeshire and wild horses frolicking along the water.
Watch the video for "You Was Me" at IFC.com now
Norman spoke with IFC.com about the Jonny partnership, the video, and more:
What about "You Was Me"? It's nothing fancy, but it's hard to let go once you've heard it.
That was another one that was just at the kitchen table. You know what, I tell a lie: We were sitting in the living room of my flat in Glasgow, when I was living there. The flat overlooks a bowling green in Glasgow. Bowling is very popular. I think we were siting, having a glass of wine, next to guitars and keyboards. I think I may have started playing the main guitar riff. I think of that song as being a bit like a T. Rex song, with a very simple groove. That was the template for the music that inspired that. It was a pretty much stream-of-consciousness lyric. We were looking at the bowlers. Euros came up with the first line: "Keep on seeking/ Roll the ball/ Monday comes to nothing." It must have been a Monday. The song really was stitched together that way. We wrote the lyrics in a few minutes.
That's how most of the songs happen; we don't really spend a great deal of time thinking about it too much. That's, again, quite liberating because when I'm writing Teenage Fanclub and Euros is writing for his solo records, we spend much more time on the composition of the lyrics and the music. With Jonny, we wanted to take it pretty easy. Even if it doesn't quite make sense, that's OK. The lyrics start when we were watching the bowlers, then it goes somewhere else. We write it down, and we don't tend to edit it too much.
Read the full interview at IFC.com.
Jonny is available now on CD (with 4 bonus tracks!) and digital download now in the Merge store.
Jonny on tour:
All dates with Apex Manor except June 20 & 21 with Yo La Tengo!
June 03 Toronto, ON The Drake Hotel
June 04 Toronto, ON The Drake Hotel
June 07 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
June 08 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
June 09 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
June 10 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House
June 11 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live Upstairs
June 12 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
June 14 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
June 15 Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
June 16 Nashville, TN The Bluebird Cafe
June 17 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
June 18 Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music @ Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
June 20 Columbia, MO Blue Note w/ Yo La Tengo
June 21 Iowa City, IA Englert Theater w/ Yo La Tengo