“All welcome, but no fucking prisoners.” Dale Barclay speaks out on new band And Yet It Moves

(Photo Credit: Apolonia Wieland)

(Photo Credit: Apolonia Wieland)

What you ‘hink of the gig then, Andy m’boy?

It’s half eleven on a Sunday evening and a wild eyed Glaswegian is putting me on the spot. If I was accosted by a nails-looking Scot anywhere else in the city, I might have cause to worry. But tonight, outside Soup Kitchen in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, the man asking the questions is former Amazing Snakeheads front man Dale Barclay. Do I still have cause to worry?

An hour earlier, Dale enraptured a packed house downstairs at Soup Kitchen, with throngs of people finishing off their weekend in the dimly lit basement, getting down to the raucous sounds of And Yet It Moves – the latest outfit with Barclay up front. Songs of sorrow mixed with themes of hardships, Pukka pies and gravy.

Having apologised for not being able to secure post-show beers prior to our interview, Dale leads us outside. But before we can get down to brass tacks, a few fans emerge and whisk him away; back pats and requests for photographs the order of the evening. It comes as no surprise though, given the revellers in attendance at the show. Without more than two minutes of audio online and just a single write up on one website, And Yet It Moves bought the masses out to Soup Kitchen on a Sunday evening.

There’s a definite aura about Dale Barclay. His arrival on stage is greeted with much fanfare. He gurns and twitches throughout, throwing occasional grimacing looks toward the other members of And Yet It Moves. All the while, his stage presence is completely captivating. Though whilst it might be Dale bringing the punters in, this new band isn’t all about Barclay.

We haven’t been together long, y’know what I mean? So we’re jammin’ it out, man, and it’s getting tighter and tighter every fucking night.” Comments bassist Roddie McGrath. With Dale off greeting fans, I’m left in the more than capable hands of Roddie and drummer Jonas Duus, with guitarist Jesper Lapp and second vocalist Michael Højgaard providing the occasional nugget of spectator commentary.
It’s also about taking chances. We take a lot of chances.” Adds Jonas. “I mean the songs sound different…it’s the same structures and the same vibe, but they sound different night to night.

Manchester is the fifth date in the first proper UK tour And Yet It Moves have embarked on. Prior to Manchester, the motley crew left Cardiff, Bristol, London and Brighton in their wake, finding their feet with every show and discovering themselves all at once.
It sort of feels natural, man” Announces Roddie, with Jonas nodding in agreement and commenting. “It’s just a weird way the way we met each other. It makes perfect sense. And the music…” He trails off, clicking his fingers like he’s getting the vibe going right here! “…there’s no doubt in the music, we just fucking do it. There’s not too much thinking, we’re just doing it
It’s still fucking early stages, man.” Says Roddie. “It’s not as if we play together every day. We rehearsed a bit for a couple of days and then every night it’s just getting better and better. That’s not to say that the first show wasn’t good, the first show was fucking great, man. But every night has been steadily getting fucking amazing. Fucking brilliant, man

The camaraderie between the group is strong from the off, even with And Yet It Moves in the early stages of its life. Answers soon descend into piss-takes, with each member chucking in their own gag to one up the other.
God Bless America.” Deadpans Michael, before Roddie jumps in with a tirade of his own. “Vote Trump, that’s what I say. Vote Trump, let’s get it all over and done with, man. Let’s blow this shithole up…house intae flames, man
I would say the motto is ‘death is only the beginning” Grins Jonas, before Dale returns with his jaw jutting out and an accusatory finger pointed in the face of Roddie. “What’s going on here?” He asks, before chucking in his own “Vote Trump!” for good measure. “Listen, man, in all seriousness Andy. Yeah man… something else playing with this band.” He confides. “This fucking band of gypsies on the road. Fucking amazing. What a band. So grateful to be playing with these guys – and madam.” He says, gesturing over to collaborator Laura St. Jude – Solo artist in her own right and keyboard player in the band. It’s with St. Jude where things really kicked off for the group, as Roddie remembers.

When we went to Berlin, we were doing it as part of a tour for Laura St Jude’s stuff. I’d met Jonas and then we went to these guys place in Berlin, had a jam, then were like ‘fuck, this sounds like a fucking band, man.’ We had a couple of shows for Dale and it was like – hey guys, want to come on the road? – and we fucking smashed it, man. In Hamburg and Cologne, we played those two shows and as soon as we started jamming – holy shit, this feels like a fucking band.”
It’s just the natural chemistry, I think. It’s the same approach to the world, the same approach to life, same approach to music. We’re just on the same level.” Comments Jonas. “We realised that everything is bullshit anyway so we might as well fucking…. Play, let’s fucking play.

It was definitely chemistry that kick-started the friendship between Jonas and Dale, though perhaps not quite that natural. “It started with acid, that’s how much I remember it…” Laughs Jonas.
It started in Norway…acid… Jonas and I having a meeting. Jonas then came to Glasgow, we played some more-“ Sums up Dale. ”…Scooter at loud volume: Norway. It was a fucking beautiful experience, it really was. So Jonas and I met under those circumstances. Then Jonas came to Glasgow, played some more, then we went to Berlin and played some more. Now we’re in Manchester, playing at Soup Kitchen, talking to Andy.”

And Yet It Moves

And Yet It Moves

It all feels fucking natural, know what I mean? There’s nae fucking bullshit, man” Says Roddie, with 100% conviction. It sticks too. On stage, And Yet It Moves look like they’ve been playing for decades rather than on and off for such a short period.
It’s just a moment, man. When we play, I don’t give a shit if the world is fucking burning or a Nuclear War is going outside.” Says Jonas. “It’s that moment. That’s what’s special, man…and friendship.

For this run of shows that And Yet It Moves have embarked on, a special 7” split between Dale and Laura St. Jude has been on sale – available only at shows. Aside from the initial release, information on the band appears to be under lock and key for the time being. Eager to find out what’s in the pipeline for the gang, my query is – quite rightly – met with non-press-quote answers.

DaleMan… Total destruction.
JonasPure Armageddon.
Roddie “Vote Trump, man. That’s it.

But just prior to packing up their gear and hitting the road for Glesgae, Dale brings it back to serious mode and fires off the intentions of And Yet It Moves and what we can expect from this thoroughly intriguing new outfit.
We want to play music and we want to connect with people, man. We want to connect with each other whilst playing music. This is the truth. This is the fucking bottom line. To be completely honest… to be free. That’s what’s so special for me about what we’re doing and why I’m so fucking optimistic for the future, why I want to be alive and why I want to move forward in life and play fucking music with these guys. Fucking go all over the world and fucking see what happens, man. That’s what we wanna do
We’re not trying to be anything. I don’t give a shit about any genres – be a part of any scene.” Adds Jonas. “We just wanna fucking play. All music is the same anyway. Please stop putting music into boxes, man.
This is the truth, Andy. This is serious now.” Says Dale. “Anything goes. All welcome, but no fucking prisoners. Come and get down. If you don’t wanna get down, just go away. Simple, man.

The final dates of the And Yet It Moves tour culminate in Scotland - Click the picture for more!

The final dates of the And Yet It Moves tour culminate in Scotland – Click the picture for more!

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