What is your name and role within the band?
Hello, Partae People. My Name is Timothy Picture. I’m a representative of the band. I like to think that they look to me as a spiritual guru, a sometime father figure, plus personal shopper.
How did you start?
TEAM PICTURE started just over a year ago. They have their roots in a number of small projects. Some of the individuals that make up the band go way back; others have been collected along the way.
Where are you based?
The members of TEAM PICTURE largely make residence in the leafy suburb of Headingley, Leeds.
Please give an example of your music writing process?
From what I understand, the writing process of TEAM PICTURE involves a lot of reverse engineering of heavily clipped iPhone voice memos.
What are you working on right now?
The band don’t want to give too much away, but they’re making preparations for their first self-organised show in Leeds on October 6th. There’ll be cats, choreographed dances, unitards… it’s going to be nuts. Other than this, TEAM PICTURE are involved in a constantly developing writing and recording process. There may well be some new music to hear later this year. The best way to keep up with what the band is up to is to sign yourself up to their consistent, entertaining, consistently entertaining mailing list. Oh, and on May 12th TEAM PICTURE released a new track, ‘Air, Not Air’ recorded with Matt Peel (Eagulls, Weirds, Autobahn, Pulled Apart By Horses, WH Lung) through Clue Record’s ‘Clue Club’ singles club. Checkitout on their soundcloud and spotify and whatnot!
What is your gear setup?
TEAM PICTURE is a fairly standard band setup, augmented by keyboards, bloopy noises, much knob twiddling, a gender neutral vox attack, and a bevy of lo-fi visual equipment, which is just as important to their live performances as the sound equipment is.
What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?
The different members of TEAM PICTURE all have their slender pale fingers knuckle deep in a vast array of creative pies. The projects they’re involved in are very important to how the band approaches things, particularly on the visuals side.
How would you describe your music genre?
TEAM PICTURE is probably more interested to hear how other people would interpret and describe the sounds they make. Saying that, at a push they’ve been known to describe themselves as ‘Freight-Train-Tiger-Pop’. A quartet of words that I think does an admirable job of communicating a fairly accurate brief of what you might expect from a TEAM PICTURE song.
Do you know any music theory?
I used to be a fairly well regarded concert pianist over on the continent. Those days are well behind me; an old man like me looks back at them with rose tinted fondness. I’ve been trying to pass some of my expertise onto the band themselves, but I think at some point all that space in their brains that’s meant to process that kind of information has been filled up with all of the different pedal knob positions they need to remember.
What are your plans for the future?
I think I accidentally answered this one fairly well a few questions back. I don’t think the band would be too pleased if I said much more about what they have planned for the next year or so, but rest assured that it will be many shades of sonic lovely.
How did you get into music?
Yeesh, what a question. I know for me it was when I heard those opening strains of ‘Chantilly Lace’ by The Big Bopper. I felt that one day if I were able to bop even half as efficiently as The BB himself then I would’ve lived a life of fulfilment. I have no idea about them Team Picture fellows though.
What are you listening to at the moment?
The TEAM PICTURE ladies and gentlemen are listening to a wide array of different things. Some artists they’ve been enjoying recently include: Laura Misch, True Widow, the new record from Leeds peers Post-War Glamour Girls, Pissed Jeans, Lea Porcelain, and Chad VanGaalen, amongst others.
Who are your top 5 influences and icons?
I know some old favourites of TEAM PICTURE include David Byrne (of Talking Heads & himself), Kristin Hersh (of Throwing Muses & 50 Foot Wave), the original manic pixie dream girl herself: Kate Bush, tall-haired gloom maestro Robert Smith, and cheekboney guitar fellows Television. That’s probably just scratching the surface though.
When are you playing next?
TEAM PICTURE’s next show is playing with The Wytches and Treeboy & Arc at Headrow House on the 25th of May. It’s an unreasonably big room so please help them fill it up.