The intergalactic connection
Scientists have found that the Leisurehive, situated on the planet Argolis and attracting intergalactic travellers with its unique Recreation Generator device, is perhaps not one of a kind. Leisurehive 2 (also known as Leisur::hive), the intra-terrestrial branch, is situated at the outer skirts of London and provides serious entertainment inspired by the independent music scene of the 1980ies.
Listening to inspired music is always a delight, while it is often hard to say where the inspiration actually stems from. Leisur::hive, a rather new band from Carshalton, Greater London, have combined several influences from the past three or four decades with their individual idea of openmindedness. Out comes a concept that's not entirely new, but does fit them well as a means of expression. And do they have something to say? Of course! Here's a few statements from Leisur::hive's "spokesman" Daniel Knowler in a quick Q & A game. Notice: Daniel and violinist/guitarist Maria form the nucleus of Leisur::hive the band.
EoIpso: It looks like your bandname has been inspired by a Doctor Who episode - the one where the Doctor, while visiting the Leisurehive on Planet Argolis, gets into a network of deceit and is finally suspected of having commited murder. Do you bear a fascination for Doctor Who or other strange Science Fiction series? How about absurd TV series from the 1960ies, like Adam Adamant?
Daniel: Well, I quite liked Doctor Who when I was little and always thought it was quite strange or charming in some way. But that name just stuck in my head and seemed like a good name to use because it didn't really suggest anything musical. It gives us freedom to be any kind of band that we feel like being. Other than that, it doesn't have any particular significance, it's just a name. There's no real interest in 60's television really.
EoIpso: Ah well. How about British realist cinema then? "A Taste Of Honey", "Billy Liar", "Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner" or playwrights Joe Orton and Harold Pinter? Theatre of the Absurd, the Surrealist movement?
Daniel: I quite like some of Pinter's work. I don't think I've actually seen either of those films: "A Taste of Honey" or "Billy Liar" (must get around to it one day!), but it's interesting that you mention them in relation to what we do. As well as Harold Pinter, I also like Samuel Beckett... In fact more so with Beckett. I like the open-endedness in a lot of his work and the repetition in his stuff, especially his radio plays where you get similar phrases repeated and looped over and over again.
So that is quite an obvious
influence on the way we approach songwriting, but not from a literary
point of view, because I don't consider myself a great writer of words.
With the Surrealist movement, I suppose there was a vague influence as
Maria and I studied art and we had various interests in Surrealism and
Dada, but for me that is more of a personal interest rather than a songwriting
one. I don't really think it has affected me in my approach to music,
but I think some of the Dadaist ideas have influenced Maria's approach
to music, I think I can safely say that on her behalf.