Until the Ribbon Breaks just released their debut album “A Lesson Unlearnt.” Peter Lawrie Winfield, Elliot Wall, and James Gordon combine to create a sound that has something for everyone. The groovy flow of guitar, piano, dance beats, hip hop, heartfelt lyrics and an amazing voice from front-man Pete all add up to an album this “journalist” can’t stop listening too. Pete and Elliot took time out of their busy tour schedule to grant me an interview about their new album.
CH: How did Until the Ribbon Breaks start?
Elliott: Pete and I went to school together and were in various bands, making various shit music together. We had a great music department in school which really paved the way for our future. We worked on a few projects before UTRB, then James came along and worked on the production side of it as a mix engineer. Then we came to point where we needed to do it live and James was the obvious choice.
CH: Who inspired you guys growing up?
Pete: My relationship with music started long before school, My family is from a long line of professional musicians, both my parents are musicians, as were my grandparents. My love of music started before I can remember.
Elliott: I didn’t grow up in a musical household but I did grow up in a creative household. My father was a graphic designer for the BBC, but music wasn’t really a thing. From a very early age, I was always into live music and would watch as many live concerts as possible and I also watch live music on VHS. I used to tap the dash with drumsticks to Michael Jackson, but I’m not really sure where my music love came from, I guess just deep in the heart.
CH: That’s a good spot for it to come from! You guys use a variety of tools and instruments to create the album. How many instruments can you play?
Pete: The first instrument I learned was a trumpet by the age of 10. There was always a piano in the house, so piano is the instrument I feel most comfortable on. And then I can kind of noodle around a bit on the guitar, but I’m not great. And then we all mess with samples and programing, but that is kind of across the board. Elliott plays drums and guitar.
Elliott: Yeah, Guitar was a weird one for me because I’m left handed and the guitar we had in school was strung for right handed people and so I forced myself to learn right handed. I’m not amazing at guitar but we can noodle, as Pete says, pretty well.
CH: It works! So don’t fix it. Tell me about the process of writing the album.
Pete: I had been writing music for other people and I had kind of lost my love for it, I wasn’t feeling very inspired and I had started thinking about doing something else, whether it be film or whatever. But then I thought I owed it to myself to give it one more shot because of the work I had already put into music and the love I have for music. So then I put a little studio together back in our hometown in Whales and just started making it.
Elliott: I remember Me and Pete were in a project together before UTRB and we had been touring around the UK, and that kind of came to an end, quite harshly. I was disappointed in the music and ended up walking out and working on a building business with my father. Pete started writing this new stuff and I remember listening to Pressure and thinking “I don’t really get it.” He turned to me and asked if I wanted to have a go at it and let’s try and make it work, let’s just try and do music together again, and I was like fuck it lets do it!
CH: I think it is easy to tell that the album came very organically in the studio and you guys have said In the past it was very difficult to make it into a stage show. Can you tell me about the process of taking it from a studio production to an incredible live show?
Pete: That has been a longer journey for me than for James and Elliott. I never really imagined the record to be a live show. After the first project, and I think now looking back its because I never really loved the music enough, but I felt that making records was more inspiring to me than playing them live. When I made this record I still felt a bit like that, I could sit in the studio all day and write. It wasn’t until James and Elliott pushed for this to be a real live project did it become one.
Elliott: Luckily we had the freedom to spend 2 months in London with whatever gear we wanted. So we basically we just noodled with gear for 2 months and came out with something we were very proud of. I think we first played with 20 of our friends in the rehearsal studio. We never played a show in London we went straight to the states and joined the Lorde tour, so the first show we ever did was in front of around two and a half thousand people, with Lorde! So it was fucking nerve racking! We are so happy though and think it’s going to evolve more and more.
CH: You Guys are going to play Coachella this year. How excited are you and do you have any other festivals on the docket?
Pete: We love playing festivals and we are super excited to play Coachella, and as far as any other festivals this year, we do what we’re told. We want to do them, we are happy to do them but we just want to play live as much as we can
Elliott: We played a great one last year called Electric Forest! We have been on tour recently and the last two dates we played were Minneapolis and Chicago, we have just had a stream of people coming up to us and saying “We saw you at Electric Forest,” and we had no idea we had mad such an impact there, but apparently everyone that had come to the show had seen us at Electric Forest.
CH: So are you guys going to play Electric Forest again this year?
Elliott: I’d love to but I don’t know how that works about having the same bands come back two years in a row.
CH: Thank you guys so much for your time and good luck in the future.
In case you haven’t heard it yet here is Revolution Indifference (featuring Run tha Jewels) from “A Lesson Unlearnt.”