Amaryllis – Interview

Thursday 28th April 2016

Amaryllis are due to release their third studio album ‘Nova Initium’ on the 13th May. They have a huge fan base, and have already sold out their album launch show, so I had to catch a moment with the band for The Junction to find out more about the new release.

Amaryllis Joe Brady Photography

Your new album ‘Nova Initium’ is due for release on the 13th May. How was the recording process for you, and what can we expect from the album?

Our previous two EP’s were recorded very differently to the album. Because of the size of the studio, time factors and our busy job schedules we were unable to be all together whilst recording, where as for the album we had a week of us all being together and seeing each other record our parts and have different inputs as well as just get to spend time together as friends. With this album you can expect a much more developed and tighter sound. We didn’t want to release something that was similar to our last two releases.

Are there any themes, or has there been a specific topic that has influenced your writing on the new album?

We never really have a theme, we just go into the practice room and jam away and 95% of the time we come up with a song that’s either more pop influenced or heavier influenced. So far it’s worked for us and we’re extremely happy with the outcomes. We just wanted to write the best songs we could, always improving on what we’ve done before and we feel that’s exactly what we’ve done, till the next time we release something else.

With the launch show now sold out, you must be pretty excited to let your fans hear the new material. How are you feeling about the show?

We’re extremely excited to finally play the majority of the new songs. It’s been two years since we’ve released new music so it’s going to be very nerve racking to hear what people think. We never expected the show to sell out at all so that in it’s self is enormously surreal for us. We were anxious to just play new songs but now it’s to a sold out crowd. Nervous would be an understatement.

The reviews for ‘Nova Initium’ have already started coming in, and it’s getting a lot of thumbs up. How does it feel when you read all the comments?

It’s always a terrifying yet exciting experience when you create new music because you never know how it’s going to be received. However, we have been very lucky with reviews of it so far so it’s defiantly lifting our spirits with each read. Recording an album has been a dream of ours since as long as we can remember. We hope everyone loves it as much as we do.

What other tour dates are you playing this year? You’ve been added to the Camden Rocks Festival line-up, which should kick the summer off nicely for you.

We have some shows in May in Norwich, Birmingham and Leeds. One of which we have never been to before, so that will be new territory for us. We had the privilege of playing Camden rocks last year so it’s great to be back again where we can showcase our new songs.

You’ve just released a music video for your latest single ‘Thorn’. What was the idea behind making this the first release from the album, and who did you work with to create the video?

The album title means ‘New Beginnings’ in Latin so we wanted this album to feature a more positive and uplifting vibe compared to our last releases. Our first video was for ‘Stand Down’ and that featured a darker outlook in terms of how we wanted the video to come across. With ‘Thorn’, we wanted to have a brighter video as the song had a much more pop influenced vibe. We chose to go back with Jay Hillyar who had shot our previous video. We liked what he did the first time so we thought it would be great to use him again.

Have you been lucky enough to tour with or meet any of your influences?

We have been on bills where “House Hold Names” are playing such as Camden Rocks, but mostly we’ve played with a few of our favourite bands in the scene at the moment, which is always exciting. I think one of our favorites would be supporting Elliot Minor on their comeback show at Main stage O2 Islington Academy. We said we would play it one day and we did so that was a huge achievement for us all.

What would you say has been your best moment as a band so far?

There have been quite a few which including our first ever sold out show, or playing O2 Islington Academy main stage but I think recording our first ever album and selling out our album release show are most definitely our best so far.

Your first 2 EP’s are available for free download. How important do you think it is to offer your material for free when you’re an up and coming band, and what are your thoughts on music streaming?

When you start out you want to reach as many people as you can with your music just so you can possibly build up a fan base and have those people either tell their friends about you and come to a show, because word of mouth is a powerful thing. Having your music free definitely helps with that. I doubt anyone would pay for something from someone they’ve never heard of. Unless you’re already a member of a famous band or well-known association, free music gives you that push. That’s exactly what it did for us. However I’m not a big fan of streaming. I believe you should go out an support the band by buying the music they didn’t make available for free, which may be their first ever album for example. Music helps support so many so we should always be there to support it right back.

If you were invited to perform in the Radio 1 Live Lounge, which song would you cover and why?

I’ve always been a big fan of Maroon 5 so I think it would great to cover something off their first album ‘Songs About Jane’. That album was the second album I ever owned. I’d have to go for ‘Harder to Breathe’ or ‘Not Coming Home’. The album is a staple of pop/alt rock and funk thrown together so it would cool to try and pull that off with an Amaryllis twist.

Tour Dates:

30th April – London, The Garage (‘Nova Initium’ Launch Show)
1st May – Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
20th  May – B2, Norwich
21st May – Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham
22nd May – Leeds, Milo Bar
4th June – Camden Rocks Festival

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