US trio Widowspeak released their self-titled debut album on Monday, a marriage of dark, scuzzy guitars and Hope Sandoval-esque vocals. Gutter caught a couple of minutes with guitarist Robert Thomas.

Where did the name Widowspeak come from?
Widowspeak is a name Molly (Hamilton, singer) picked out before the band even came together. We decided to make it one word in order to allow some ambiguity or room for interpretation.

What differences have you experienced between UK and US audiences?
We have not been to the UK yet, so we’re just as curious about the differences in music scenes. Hopefully we’ll make it across the Atlantic by the end of this year.

What can we expect from a Widowspeak gig?
At a live Widowspeak gig you can expect a more stripped-down sound. We keep it to two guitars, drums and Molly’s voice. It’s how we started and it’s still highly effective for communicating our music. That said, I’m really excited to start touring so we can play around with the songs a little bit, craft unique live versions. Plus we’re always working on new tunes…

What do you have planned for the months ahead?
Right now we just want to get on the road! Two weeks in September with the Vivian Girls on the east coast, then a month across the rest of the states before heading to the UK/Europe in the winter.

Widowspeak is out now on Captured Tracks.