Photography shot by Abbey Sacket

We caught up with burgeoning group Neu Yeuth an ‘ELECTRONIC-POP orgasm to the ear’ that’s comprised of inseparable duo Claire Grayson and Huntington Filson. What makes their music so special is the organic approach they bring to creating honest and introspective pop music that hits your soul first, then your eardrums. You get just a taste of what’s on the horizon with Neu Yeuth once the last track on their self-titled EP finishes playing.

In our interview we talked their recent move to LA, their musical marriage and how their writing process is constantly evolving.

BKBT: What’s the origin of that name?
Huntington: It’s funny, we didn’t really think about a name for a long time. One morning, we met out for breakfast and realized we had this body of work and realized, whoa… are we a band? What are we doing? So we texted for days, shooting back and forth the worst band names you’d probably ever hear. Neu Yeuth was one of those at first, but for some reason we kept coming back to it. It seemed to fit with where we were both at in life— two people who were in big transitional periods, relearning how to navigate the world and and wanting to free ourselves from the past. It felt like growing up all over again.
Photography shot by Abbey Sacket

Photography shot by Abbey Sacket

BKBT:  What are the plans for the future?

Claire: I think the future is a broad concept for us right now. We just relocated to LA, which has been a total whirlwind. First thing we are looking to spend time on is starting production on an EP that we’ve been writing for several months. Being in this city, we’d like to make use of the huge pool of creatives and collaborate with visual artists and other musicians. Long term, we of course want longevity in this industry.
Huntington: Totally. I think the key to that, from observing other artists, is being honest but allowing yourself to evolve with the music around you. You need to keep your ears open and also stay in tune with what we actually like and feel, and not cling to the habits we’ve worked ourselves into.

Photography shot by Abbey Sacket

BKBT: What inspired you to form a duo musically in the first place?
Claire: We never intended for it to be a duo, or anything really… It’s so funny because it just happened. Everything about our beginning was without intent and just became what it needed and wanted to be. But now, out of that, we have a vision. It was very serendipitous.
BKBT: How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
Claire: **dark chuckle**
Huntington: The internet is a weird thing when it comes to any aspect of life. It can be hard to focus on just music when you have to dig through pages and pages of heavy material every time you go online. The reality of the world is always there surrounding the music, but that’s kind of important too. The music wouldn’t matter if it wasn’t current and informed.
There is so much pressure on social media platforms, but they also offer a really beautiful way to connect, discover, and share. It’s definitely a tool that we are constantly figuring out how to use to our advantage. Somedays, I wake up and will start scrolling through my social media and will feel so depressed. There is so much happening musically, constantly and everywhere. But it’s cool because I can be post and be productive while laying in bed in my underwear. It’s great.

BKBT: What new music do you find yourself listening to recently?
 Claire: Uh… we both love discovering new things. A lot. Even discovering really old stuff for the first time. We found this vinyl the other day by this band Talk Talk and we learned the producer on that record also worked with Bowie and Duran Duran. It’s just as cool to look forward as it is to look back. I think we both feel that way.
St. Vincent’s new record is powerful, playful, and confrontational. It keeps revealing itself to us in new ways. We love SZA, along with everybody else. Perfume Genius, Jack Antonoff, Billie Eilish, Lorde… anybody putting out new stuff, we want to hear it. Especially pop music. We also have a secret crush on this musician we found out lives in LA called Banoffee. Hunt has been listening to her for a few years and we are dying to see her live sometime soon.

Photography shot by Abbey Sacket

 BKBT: What are your musical icons/influences?
Claire: Back to Bowie. He’s shaped my mind a lot the past few years. I found him pretty late after listening to mostly weird emotional rock and folk music growing up. I lived in a town of 700 people without much outside influence. The Talking Heads are also amazing… we always feel good listening to them. Jack Antonoff holds a special place in our power-pop hearts.

Photography shot by Abbey Sacket

BKBT: You two seem like you balance each other musically, like the ying to the other’s yang. How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Huntington: I feel like I dished on the internet earlier, but really we owe it all to the world wide web. We met on Craigslist by accident in November of 2015. It was super weird, but I found an ad she posted seeking a backing band for her indie folk project. She had just moved to Seattle and I was on the cusp of graduating college, where I had studied acting. I don’t know what possessed me, I’m not a big “Craigslister,” but I reached out to her and we decided to meet for coffee. A few days later, we met up on her rooftop and started messing around with some chords. A few hours later we had written our first song, ‘Empire,’ which is on our debut EP.
BKBT:  What’s Your Songwriting Process?
Claire: Literally different every time. Sometimes one of us comes up with a big portion of a track: lyrics, melody, and concept included. Other times, Hunt will just be playing something random on the keys and some lyrics will come to me and I’ll be like “wait, wait, do that again!” We never play a song that we both don’t have a connection to. It’s very important to us that we are both stimulated by and represented in the conception of a song. We both are inspired by the writing process but it’s hard to pin down a method because it’s fluctuates just as we do.