Newly-formed Manchester cohort SOFIAHH will play their first headline show in the city for over a year, dropping in at the Eagle Inn on Saturday 31st March. Formed from the remains of popular post-punk outfit Hartheim, their first offering to expectant fans comes in the shape of ‘The Knots’, a stirring piece of melancholy post-rock. We caught up with them to chat influence, upcoming shows
// Tell us, how do you describe yourself as a band?
We formed out of previous band Hartheim, but we’re an altogether different thing now – there’s only 2 of the original line up left. I guess it’s sort of brooding anthemic stuff, but we’ve moved away from using lots of guitars now, towards more drum machines and synthesizer stuff. It’s accidental, dark, fucked up pop. Probably.
// What music have you been listening to this week?
LOTS of Nils Frahm. We’re still reeling form Wild Beasts final show too, so that’s been on quite a lot. Nicolas Jaar, Arthur Russel, Young Fathers & Hookworms all on loop at the minute/forever.
// Best takeaway in Manchester?
The Falafel and Halloumi wrap from Panicos in Chorlton deserves a Michelin star, but we’d have to go with Taste It – the new italian pizza/gelato place in Salford. It’s near The White Hotel/Bunker where we all get together to go over things. Their fuel is the best tasting fuel.
// What’s your key inspiration when songwriting?
I guess the best songs lyrically always come from experience, and the insight gained from that experience. When someone is projecting a feeling/emotion, and you know its 100% genuine, you can’t help but take note. I’d say inspiration for that moment when something clicks in your head comes from other art or artists around you… be it authors, musicians, directors or drag queens.
// What was the last film you/you all saw?
Paddington 2 – which was robbed at the BAFTAs. We’re supposed to be going to watch the Phantom Thread at some point – but not sure we can handle saying goodbye to the king himself.
// What is the best purchase you ever made?
Morrisons meal deal. If you know you know.
// Do you think the city has influenced you as an artist or a band?
Definitely, because of the people and the artists that populate it. Manchester is a phenomenal city, and the fact that the boundless creativity within it is so concentrated geographically makes it hard to beat. There are different things happening all over the show, and that is massively inspiring. It’s also cold as fuck when you’re practicing, so that literally influences the music you play.
// What’s your favourite emoji?
That sinister Frog. 🐸
SOFIAHH perform at The Eagle Inn on Saturday 31st March. Tickets are available here.