The Voyeurs - Q&A
Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs launched in 2014 with an exciting blend of 70s tinged New York rock and roll, reminiscent of Television and the scuzzier side of the Velvet Underground. After shortening their name to The Voyeurs, they released their second album, Rhubarb Rhubarb. Here, The Voyeurs ploughed their own furrow, with an original sound taking in vaudeville, new wave and proto-punk. The album’s title track in particular is something else. Rife with tempo changes, a great chorus and a gorgeously simple piano riff, it displays The Voyeurs are steadily going from strength to strength. We caught up with singer and guitarist Charlie Boyer to tell us about the progress of their third album.
Q. Hello Charlie. How is the recording going for the third album?
It's almost finished. We've written about 30 something tunes... It's been quite up and down but I think I prefer it this way. It definitely hasn't been easy or relaxed and you can hear that in the songs. It could be a spectacular failure or simply disappear without a trace, but it is definitely not more of the same old shit.
Q. Has anything changed in the process of writing your albums – say between ‘Clarietta’ and your current work.
I think I'm more ambitious now. Or at least my idea of a success has changed. It's not the point to be part of a scene or in the magazines. I want to be proud and knackered by the time it's finished. Also we are doing this one ourselves as much as possible. It takes longer but you get what you want rather than someone's interpretation. I feel more responsible than ever before. It’s very adult.
Q. Could the band agree on a collective favourite album – if so, what would it be?
I doubt we could agree on anything. At the moment I'm into ‘Bitches Brew’ by Miles Davis and a song by the Alessi Brothers called ‘Seabird’... Anything by Iggy always gets our vote too.
Q. If you had to pick a favourite Voyeurs what would it be and why?
The next single, ‘Bike Boy’, at the moment. It's heavily indebted to the late great Alan Vega... He was a real star.
Q. What’s the best gig you’ve played?
Last night I played with Steff Halperin (Klaxons). We used a guitar, a snare drum and two vocals. I liked changing the amount of people and the songs each time to fit. I like working out new ways to do it, instead of repeating ourselves.
Q. …and the worst?
Again, last night! It's a working progress so the same set or even the same song has really magical moments followed by complete failure or dullness.
Q. What’s next for you?
A new album which is almost finished. It’s out next year.