Based: Cardiff
Genre: Garage/Folk
Website: Facebook

Cardiff based SCRIBER (Joshua Price) combines lo-fi, melancholy sounds with fragile and mournful vocals to create music that is quite simply mesmerising. Think Leonard Cohen, Bon Iver, and Tallest Man On Earth and your on the right lines.

A regular performer on the local scene he has played alongside some other AMP favorites in the shape of Paper Aeroplanes, Admiral Fallow and James Vincent McMorrow. We caught him live at the BeatReview MicroFestival and despite some sound issues he captivated the audience from start to finish.

His latest single ‘Stowaway’s Deck’ showcases his gentle guitar playing and delicate vocal delivery perfectly, whereas previous single ‘Holland House’, although still in the same vein, has an almost sing-a-long chorus. Hear for youself below.

SCRIBER is an artist who once listened to lingers within you and leaves you longing for more. We caught up with him to chat about his music career so far and music in general.

What are your earliest memories of music?

My father used to dabble in guitar, so there was always one about the house. But if I'm honest I didn't listen to a lot of music growing up, not that I can strongly remember. It's mostly in my late teens I really started getting into music heavily.

Was there a defining moment in your life when you thought, “that’s it, I want to be a musician!”

Seeing my friend Richard's band play their first gig, I took one look at that and said "I want a piece of that". Taught myself guitar and spent the last few years homing 'the sound'

What is the creative driving force behind your music?

It is really all about the music; I completely fall in love with good music. I just want to make music that even I would listen to.

Your music has a tender, melancholy-fragility about it. How do you approach songwriting and do you need to be in a certain ‘place’ to get creative?

I need to have that spark, I can never force myself to write anything. These days if I get an idea, I crack on with getting it complete. Some songs can take days to write, but generally I spend a good half hour setting down lyrics once I'm 'inspired'.

What has been the highlight of your musical career so far?

There's been quite a few really, having met some really lovely people is quite a highlight. But I think it's going to have to be the gig with James Vincent McMorrow.

Historically Cardiff has always had a strong music scene but it seems to have really taken off in the last couple of years. Why do you think that is?

I'm not sure really, I think having a great a festival as Sŵn really helps. There's such a promotion of local music here, but also under-the-radar bands; lots of promoters take those two hand-in-hand.

What are your views on the current health of music?

As far as I'm aware it's pretty healthy, there's not much money in it initially. But it works itself out.

If I was your 14yr old nephew (bare with me), which one album would you send me home with to begin my musical journey?

I'm a fan of a lot of modern albums. Becoming A Jackal by Villagers is one of my favourite albums, definitely a good start.

Have you been to any good gigs lately? Anyone we should be keeping an eye on?

I supported a band called The Lobster Boat Band recently, a side project of The Wave Pictures and Coming Soon; really brilliant. Keep an eye on Peter & Kerry though, they're so lovely.

What does the future hold for SCRIBER, both short term and long term?

Right now I'm recording an EP with Rocking Chair Records. In talks with a few people about a few gigs around the UK. A few good support slots lined up as well. Should be a good year for SCRIBER.

Thanks for talking to us and good luck with everything.

Steve C

Albatross Archive

Listening to this band is like discovering a chest of hidden treasure.

Deserve a record deal and I am sure that will happen sooner rather than later.
Greta Isaac

Just waiting for her chance to cause the entire nation to be lost for words.
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