Gig preview: The Staves at Leeds City Varieties

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Watford sister trio The Staves have managed to accumulate quite a following since the release of their highly-acclaimed first album, 2012’s Dead & Born & Grown.

Last year saw them play at Glastonbury festival, and 2015 will see the release of their much anticipated sophomore record. Originally set for release in February, If I Was’s release date has now been pushed back. “Everything always comes out about six months after you want it to,” drawls Camilla Staveley-Taylor, one of The Staves’ three lead singers, and the band’s ukulele player.

Now scheduled for a spring release, Camilla believes that this later date may be more fitting for the music. “I kind of do think it suits spring time, because I think a theme that definitely has cropped up again and again in different songs is leaving things behind and starting things afresh, and so I guess Spring time is quite good; although the front cover’s definitely covered in snow!”

The new record was recorded in the unusual setting of Wisconsin, which apparently helped to contribute to the overall flavour. None the less, The Staves are a band that would much rather be on the road than in the studio. “It’s definitely taken us a while to find our voices in the studio and to be comfortable with it, because it’s such an unnatural thing, really. You never sing like that in real life, it’s such a singular thing. Being on tour, we love playing to people and having that energy, and having banter with the crowd. Also, just essentially having a school trip, that is your job. It gets tiring, but definitely the pro’s outweigh the cons, for sure.”

Countless bands have split up because, after being cooped up together for so long, the members could not look at each other, anymore. Being in a band with your two sisters could be many people’s worst nightmare, but Camilla says that The Staves wouldn’t have it any other way. “We’ve always got on so well, and in a way being sisters, it’s kind of like you’re already prepared and practised at being stuck in a f****** car together on a long journey. We all used to share rooms and stuff at home. We do argue and stuff, we’re not the Waltons, but there’s an openness and an honesty that you can have with people you know so well. We’re comfortable enough to be b****** to each other, rather than hold it in. In the long run, we’ll see if that’s a good thing or not,” she laughs.

The Staves play at Leeds City Varieties on Thursday February 5, doors 7pm, £13.50. https://www.cityvarieties.co.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=116E344B-16CB-4832-B8EF-25C405DD7919

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