ALL WE ARE
Dreamy melodies, supple psychedelics and gorgeous midnight disco grooves – this is the sublime sound of All We Are. A global gathering made up of Ireland’s Richard O’Flynn (drums), Norway’s Guro Gikling (bass) and Brazil’s Luis Santos (guitar), the up-and-coming trio won over this summer’s festivals with their languid three way vocals and atmospheric live show. With the summer under their belts they’re getting ready to release their self-titled debut album, produced by Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, MIA, Hot Chip).
The trio met at university in Liverpool where they were studying music. “It was easy to be creative with each other, we were pretty good at not going to bed but we made some really good music,” says Richard. Yet it wasn’t until they finished their studies that the tightly knit best friends formed All We Are, essentially so they could carry on spending their time together. However, seeing as they were each primarily guitarists, some changes had to be made. “We wanted to be in a band together and for that to work we had to switch instruments,” explains Guro. “We couldn’t really be three guitarists!” So Richard picked up a set of drumsticks and Guro a bass. “Necessity was the mother of invention,” says Richard. “When you get thrown in the sea, you have to learn how to swim,” nods Luis in agreement. “You just do it.”
With their new instruments nailed, the sweet, swirling sound of All We Are quickly started coming together. Primarily they wanted to make music for people to dance to. Guro calls their sound “psychedelic boogie”, born of lust for life and long, late nights. Despite keen interest from a host of different labels, they were swiftly snapped up by Domino affiliate, Double Six – which they call their “dream label”.
Though they’d previously been to write at Guro’s cabin in the isolated Norwegian mountains and some of the tracks on ‘All We Are’ came from sessions in a countryside getaway in North Wales, their music mainly comes from the disused school in Liverpool that they have made their home.
“All of our tunes are quite fluid” says Guro, “we take our inspiration from all the different places we’ve made music but there is a underlying groove and atmosphere that ties it all together”