- 02 May 17
When Craig Walker and Phoebe Killdeer were put together in a Paris hotel room for a songwriting session by their music publisher in 2009, they wrote the No 1 hit ‘Fade Out Lines’ in just five minutes. Now they’re collaborating on a new Berlin-based THEM THERE project.
It’s a bitterly cold afternoon in Kreuzberg, Berlin, but deep in the bowels of the innocuous looking building that houses Riverside Studios, a collection of songwriters and musicians calling themselves Them There are getting really warmed up. There’s a lot of serious musical talent gathered in the studio today. In the vocal booth, bearded and bespectacled Dubliner Craig Walker (formerly of 1990s indie darlings Power Of Dreams) and Australian singer Phoebe Killdeer (a one-time member of French act Nouvelle Vague) are working out the chorus of a mournful-sounding pop song called ‘Love Is An Elevator’.
In the main room, the rest of the collective – including American bassist Tyler Pope, whose night-job is touring with LCD Soundsystem – are patiently waiting for direction. Craig has made a good number of studio albums in his time, some with Power Of Dreams and others with his next band, Archive, but he tells me that this one feels very different.
“The vibe in here is just lovely,” he says, speaking in a Dublin accent undiluted by years of living away. “It’s a great buzz. Everybody knows what they’re at and we’re all having a laugh. It’s not always like that with bands in the studio. We’re under a fair amount of pressure time-wise because Tyler has to go on tour with LCD Soundsystem next month and he’s off to New York for rehearsals in a few days. But we’re doing okay.”