Rosedale – Again

Thursday 14th September 2017

Track Listing:

1. What We Started
2. Snapped In Two
3. This Dissonance
4. Space Mountain
5. Do It All Again

Rosedale started out back in 2004, when Mike Liorti was determined to chase his dream of being in a band; so he convinced his friends to get instruments so they could play together.  The name of the band was born from Rosedale Avenue, the street the band would walk down to the music store to practice the songs they had written on equipment they couldn’t quite afford.  Over the years, Rosedale went through 7 line-up changes, with band members deciding to move on; but Mike Liorti has continued the project as a solo career.  Mike is quite simply a self-confessed workaholic, but an extremely admirable one who continues to chase his dream, because it’s something he still believes in so strongly.

As a band they released 2 EPs together, with Mike continuing to release Rosedale’s debut album in 2012 by himself.  He then set out on a huge tour, starting with the aspirational Vans Warped Tour, before carrying on playing many states across the US and Canada.  Music and travelling are what Mike enjoys most, with him providing the ultimate DIY message “Commit, sacrifice, create, and above all… sustain. You really can do anything if you truly love it and nobody can represent you better than yourself. That really speaks to me.”

So you might be wondering how one person can now do the work of a full pop-rock band.  Well, Mike explains in the promotional video below how he performs whilst playing guitar and keys at the same time, but projects a video of him recording himself playing all the other instruments.  If that wasn’t intricate enough, he also programmes all the lights to be in sync with the show.  If you’re already sold on seeing Rosedale live before I’ve even got in to the review, then check out the promo video below which also talks about Mike’s upcoming North American tour.  I do enjoy writing about artists from the other side of the pond, there really are some great finds out there, but it’s even harder when you can’t get to a show!

Having drive and ambition is a good start to a successful career, but how does the music compare?  Well,  listening to “Again” and being instantly reminded of the likes of New Found GloryJimmy Eat World, and Angels & Airwaves, this release already sits nicely within my collection.  There’s certainly a gap in the market for a new act to push through, especially since the likes of pop-rock veterans New Found Glory are heading out on their 20th anniversary tour, and also Yellowcard recently decided to call it a day.

“What We Started” is a passionate opening track and I can’t help thinking that it plays homage to the band, since Mike explained in the video that the title of the EP comes from needing to continue to do things in life to succeed, and repetition is key to sustain.  That’s exactly what Mike is doing here, carrying on with the vision he had all those years ago.  “Snapped In Two” has a vigorous opening and is a melodic track, which provides heavier hooks and relatable lyrics.  The production of the EP as a whole is great, but this tracks stands out even more; with an intro that pounces straight in with beating drums that continue throughout, and the progressiveness of the guitar leading us along.  “This Dissonance” is the closest you’ll get to a slowed down pop-punk ballad, and provides Mike the opportunity to showcase his vocal talents.  In fact, the start of this track reminds me of Owl City as it has a beautiful violin to start followed by a light touch of the guitar, reminiscent of the soft sounds heard in “Fireflies.”

Carrying on, I’m not entirely sure whether the next track “Space Mountain” has anything to do with the rollercoaster, but it has taken me a few listens to get my head around it.  It’s a whirlwind of a song and I found it hard to keep up with the complicated lyrics working alongside the hectic track.  However, finishing off the EP is the very enjoyable “Do It All Again” which is an acoustic track thats starts off and continues with just Mike and his ukulele.  A very pleasing way to finish off an EP which continues to showcase Rosedale and what one man and his vision can accomplish.

Connect with Rosedale via Website, Facebook and Twitter.

The Sheratons – Interview

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Pinned as a good young, old fashioned indie pop band, with a sound defined as ’80’s Paisley Underground Brew,’ The Sheratons are a four-piece hailing from Bradford.  Although they are only just starting out, their single “Better Days” has an accomplished sound that feels as though it would fit nicely within the late 60’s era; which would simply be put down to their mutual love of music.  The single talks about getting older and missing the younger years – a safe haven for any upcoming band to write about, providing the euphoria to remind us of those halcyon days.  It’s refreshing to chat with a band who are dipping their toes in to a slightly different genre, and taking inspiration from not only the artists they grew up listening to, but from the other local bands currently on the scene.

When and how did the band meet, and what made you decide to form The Sheratons?

Kane our frontman founded the band around 3 years ago under many incarnations until around a year back we stuck with the lineup we have now. Me, James and Kane all grew up in Bingley with Kane and I meeting through primary school and then meeting James at Bingley Grammar. We found Emma after a previous drummer left and we asked at a local music school if they had any willing to be in a band, and sure enough this brilliant drummer showed up. The Sheratons was formed through a mutual love of music; I believe if you play an instrument you naturally want to be in a band.

How would you define your sound? You have such an eclectic mix of inspirations, but for anyone listening to you for the first time, how would you describe it?

It’s even hard for us to define our sound, we simply would describe it as The Sheratons. But we have been known to fit into the 80’s Paisley scene and compared to such bands as The La’s.

Could you tell me more about your debut single “Better Days” and what the song is about?

Better Days is our first studio single, the song represents getting older and realising how easy it was when you were younger, yet you didnt realise it at the time, and you wish you could go back.

Will there be a video release for the single?

We do plan on getting a video released in the near future.

What’s your writing process as a band and how do you come together to create the final track?

Usually the writing process is very independant where one member will come back with a basic song, however for Better Days it was a real communal effort and represents the band as a whole. The intro bass riff was whipped up by our bassist James, the drum beat was created there and then by our extremely talented drummer Emma, and the rest of the song just came together.  

Can we expect an EP or album release in the near future?

Definitely we have been in the studio recording some new stuff which I’m excited to release.

What’s the music scene like in Bingley? With Leeds on your doorstep I imagine there to be a lot of good venues about, or do you prefer to go further afield?

Venue wise for Bingley there isnt one haha, but for the musicians residing within there are some great bands starting to emerge, such as The Flukes and Critical Reaction who all met and grew up in Bingley. However if we are looking for proper music scene you have to travel into Leeds where the scene is unbelievable right now, a stupid amount of good bands are playing the many venues in Leeds.

How are you feeling about your upcoming tour dates, and will you be testing any new music out on the crowds that hasn’t been heard before?

The whole band is extremely exciting about the upcoming tour, some of the venues we have played before, such as The Zanzibar Club in Liverpool which was an amazing night in which we packed the place out, however there is some which we haven’t such as Manchester Academy, which is a huge opportunity for us. For new music you will just have to be there to see it.

Being in the early stages of your music career, how are you finding the whole process, and have you been given any lasting advice?

The whole process is alot more than it seems, alot of work goes into what we do whether it be hunting hours on end for gigs or travelling across the country in a small car. However some lasting advice I could give to any upcoming band is that the actual music is only 20% of what goes into a band, the rest is business, because at the end of the day your band is your business and you have to work to make it a success.

What other artists are you listening to at the moment, and what was the last album that you bought?

As mentioned previously the upcoming bands in Bingley, such as Critical Reaction and The Flukes who have some new music on the way so listen out for that. Also some great bands who are part of our tour such as New Columbia who are a great listen. For the last album I personally bought I believe it was London Calling by The Clash on Vinyl, an absolute classic from the punk days.

Connect with The Sheratons via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

The Rah’s – Interview

Monday 11th September 2017

It’s fair to say that some of my most favourite discoveries over the years have come out of Scotland, so I was looking forward to checking out The Rah’s as they’ve spent a lot of time developing their sound.  Forming back in 2011, the band already have 2 EP’s under their belt, and with the recent addition of Chris on keys and backing vocals, and a fresh approach to their music; they’re back with their latest single “The Time Is Now.”  Labelled as ‘ranting rock’ we’re presented with a fresh approach to a single written a number of years ago. It certainly packs a punch and with a sold out hometown show, it’s already building up a lot of momentum.

For those just discovering you please could you tell me a bit more about yourselves?  Have you been in bands previously and what has drawn you to form The Rah’s?

We are 4 lads from a small seaside town called Prestonpans which is located on the outskirts of Edinburgh. We have a great passion for music, especially when playing it live. We have all been close friends from a very young age and decided to form a cover band (Feedback) to test our music skills and creativity. A decision was made to change our name to The Rah’s in 2011 as we began to write our own material and take things a little more serious.

Where did the name “The Rah’s” come from?

The name The Rah’s was a drunken idea that looked good on paper and sounded good… so we went with it! A ‘Rah’ is the complete opposite of us by the way, I know it’s stupid but we decided to research it after we had changed our name. Oops.

You’ve had a great run so far since forming in 2011, but have recently gone through some changes along the way.  How would you say you’ve developed as a band?

You could say we have matured both mentally and musically, some may disagree with the mentally part though. We’ve changed our sound a lot over the years but we all feel the music we are producing at this stage is by far our best.

How are you finding the response to your music so far?

The response is overwhelming really. Never thought us 4 young lads from Prestonpans would be travelling up and down the country playing our own music to thousands of music lovers.

What’s the story behind your latest single “The Time Is Now” and what inspired you to write the song?

It was wrote back in 2012/13 and we later dropped it from the set. We decided to give it a revisit last year as we missed playing it. It needed a bit more grit and drive to bring it up to standard so that’s what we gave it. We sent the demo to James Darkin in Dublin and his instant reply was “that’s the one”.

Could you tell me about your writing and recording process? How do you work to put a track together with each other’s skills?

Writing we do in many different ways, majority of the time it starts with a guitar riff or chord pattern and we basically make it up from there. Recently we have started writing the structure of the songs down on massive sheets of paper which we had never done before but I guess our brain cells are slowing melting away so there’s no other way! If anyone has any ideas we chuck them in, test them out and if they don’t work someone else has a shot.

Your music has been released through your own independent record label called “EH32 RECORDS.” What was the decision behind setting up a record label and how did it come about?

It was partly our managers decision. It looks a lot more professional I guess and hopefully attract bigger labels to swoop in.

Can we expect an EP or album release in the near future?

We are going to stick with singles for now, maybe an EP soon. Don’t want to rush ourselves into an album at this stage as there’s always room for improvement.

How far have you taken your music? You’ve picked up a good fan following in Scotland, but how are you finding the crowds further afield?

Furthest we’ve been from home is Ireland but hopefully that will change in the near future. The reaction to our live music from them the folks across the border has been superb, Ireland especially loved us… possibly due to the amount of drink we consumed with them. Our manager is based in Ireland so that helps a lot and now we are working with James Darkin who is based in Dublin, we have a right Irish connection you could say.

If you could pick a song by any artist past or present that you could say you wish you had written, what would it be and why?

Think I’ve been asked this one before and I said Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody… cos why not?

Connect with The Rah’s via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Lifelink – Interview

Thursday 7th September 2017

Hailing from Arizona, Lifelink are a hardcore 5-piece that have got ‘live band’ written all over them.  Watching the video to their latest single “Terminal” I was straight away reminded of the likes of Bring Me The Horizon.  After watching through a load of Lifelink videos on YouTube, including the live videos, I found the band to be a refreshing new addition to the scene.  Okay, so these guys have been going for a few years already, but I have just been graced with their music and I already hear a band that I know put on a good show.  They spend a heck of amount of time touring, so I’m hoping they arrive on UK shores soon. Their third EP “Love Lost” has just been released, so I had a chin wag with frontman, Luke Blanchard who explains more about the EP.

Hello! For those of us just discovering you in the UK, please could you tell me more about yourselves and how Lifelink formed? 

Hello! I’m Luke Blanchard and I sing for Lifelink. We’ve all been in different bands ever since we were kids and kinda all just met through our hometown scene. Lifelink was formed in 2014.

How do you feel that you’ve developed as a band over the years? 

I mean we’re still kinda a younger band right now but even in this short amount of time I feel like the music has just matured so much since our first releases.

You’ve got quite a bit of material behind you.  What’s been the response to your music so far, and how are you finding the reactions to your latest EP “Love Lost?”

I’m always super nervous that kids aren’t gonna like the new stuff but so far the response has been way better than I even imagined.

How does “Love Lost” compare to your previous material, and are there any notable differences or developments?

I personally think “Love Lost” is just a lot more aggressive and mature than anything we’ve ever done before. We kinda found out what we liked and didn’t like and just tried to write songs that help separate us from the norm.

Are there any tracks in particular that you were excited to get out there?

It had been a little while since we had showed anyone the new music so since the CD came out I’ve just been so excited about getting them all out there.

How did you find the process of putting your third EP together, and were there any tracks that didn’t make the cut?

Kam and Josh wrote most of it when we had down time on tour, and then by the time we came home we had it all done and already planned out who we were gonna go with. No actually,  it was pretty planned out what songs were going on the record.

What’s your writing process as a band? How do you all come together to create the final track, and how do you know when a song is ready? 

Mainly Kam and Josh write songs and show them to the rest of the guys, then we tweak em a little and once all the music parts are done I write lyrics over it. Usually everyone has a good idea of when we find the final product.

Who did you work with to create the video for your single “Terminal,” and how did it feel seeing it finished?

Our dude Cory Davis filmed it! It’s always a crazy feeling seeing something you worked so hard on finished.

Do you have any upcoming live dates, and are there any plans to tour this side of the pond?

Yea! We tour pretty hard and try to just stay working on the road, we have a couple US tours to announce. As far as going overseas, I don’t wanna say anything because nothing is set in stone. But hopefully you’ll be seeing us over there soon.

Finally, what other artists are you listening to at the moment and do you have any recommendations?

I always find myself just listing to my friends’ bands cause they’re all just so good. Right now my tops are Kaonashi, Vessels, Bungler, Genesis Company, Castaway, Outlier, and Wrvth.

Connect with Lifelink via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Lloyd Llewellyn – Interview

Wednesday 6th September 2017

What I enjoy most about music is discovery; you know that feeling you get when you listen to something for the first time and instantly connect with it.  That’s how I felt with Lloyd Lewellyn, I was completely taken by his soulful vocals and the maturity to his sound; it’s hard to believe that “Long Way Down” is his debut release.  After being picked up from his demos on SoundCloud by a publishing company, Lloyd spent time out in LA showcasing his material, but decided it was too early and wanted to spend more time understanding how to achieve what he truly wanted from music.  Speaking with Lloyd I found out what has driven him to music, how it feels to finally be putting himself out there, and what we can expect from his upcoming headlining show.

Hello! Please could you tell me about yourself, where it all started and at what point you decided to make a career out of music?

Hi! So my name is Lloyd Llewellyn. I’m from a town in South Wales called Barry but lived in London for the past 19 years! Music started from day one. All my family are huge music fans and there was no way I could escape Led Zeppelin, The Who and The Doors being my father’s son. My mum always had the Motown artists playing mixed in with some Nat King Cole, which led to the first album I bought… Guns N’ Roses – The Spaghetti Incident!

My brother and I after we were leggin’ it about to Meat Loaf and Aerosmith started to find artists from all different genres from Oasis to Common, and Bob Dylan to Bon Iver and Daughter. Justin Vernon for me is my favourite modern day talent, the man has far too much talent for one person! I’ve always listened to all different styles of music depending on my mood.

I don’t think there was a moment when I thought I’m doing this and that’s it. I did some gigs and started writing and it just spiralled from there. One gig at a time and it started to be something I did more and more and then slowly it’s changing from something that I’m doing to something I would love to make a full-time career out of.

I’m intrigued to find out more about your grandfather and how he inspires you. Is he a musician too, and has he introduced you to certain artists?

Yeah, pap introduced me to music that I still adore and can’t stop listening to today. Artists like BB King, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles and Charles Brown. He was a musician and the guitar that I play is his. It’s a beautiful Gibson Les Paul Deluxe from the 70s. I can remember him annoying my nan and the neighbours with it for years! I would say that he was the start of me falling in love with music. He was the only teacher I’ve ever had and gave me what I think was a real educating in his craft.

You have previously been given the opportunity to work with a music publishing company, but decided that it was too early to sign a deal. What were your thoughts back then?

Firstly, I was so flattered and blown away that someone liked what I was trying to do! It was a real whirlwind because I try to put as much of me into writing and every line is thought about. I also write all the music so I can convey the emotion and message how I would like to do so. Basically I’m stubborn and felt that although they were a fantastic publishers and more importantly to me, good people, I didn’t want the work I had put in to be taken and changed into something I wasn’t trying to achieve. As well as that, I had a lot of learning to do as I wasn’t achieving what I wanted. In short, I think if I want to achieve the things I want to in music I had a lot more work and understanding to have before signing something.

Why do you feel that now is the right time to really put yourself out there?

Because this song I have had for a couple years and it’s a very pure representation of what I’m about musically. Also to be honest it’s about bloody time too!

Your single “Long Way Down” is your debut single. How are you feeling about the release, and what has been the response to your music so far?

I would love to say, “oh, it will be great and I believe in it and I can’t wait for people to hear it!”, but really the only way to put it is, “I am absolutely shitting myself!”. I think that any artists’ first release is probably the most important as it sets a tone for more music to come. Saying that there have been some great moments through BBC Introducing getting played on BBC Wales and BBC Radio 6 was a real high point for me.

What other instruments do you play, and are you the one playing them in “Long Way Down?”

I play the guitar and piano mainly but my new obsession is the banjo! On “Long Way Down”, I’m playing them both and also the Hammond organ which is definitely my favourite addition to a lot of my songs. I roped in a great friend of mine, Charles Frayer to play the bass. I continue to abuse his friendship for his ridiculous talent not just in the bass but also on the piano and general musical knowledge.

Could you tell me about your writing process, and how you know when a song is ready? Being a solo artist do you have anyone you can bounce ideas from?

I do a lot of my writing outside walking my completely insane but perfect dog Mollie! Battersea Park seems to be my favourite. I think for most artists, it’s very difficult to know when it’s ready because you are constantly trying to make it better. Whether it’s changing lyrics or instrumentation, it takes someone else to tell me to stop and leave it. I work a lot with a great engineer and good friend Ganesh Singaram, who really helps me and is always there to tell me when I’m going insane or when I’m making some sense. He is also the engineer on “Long Way Down”, so he was an integral part of the recording and the song as a whole.

Are you looking to release an EP or album in the near future?

I would love the opportunity to release more and more and more so I’m hoping that the single does well and that enables me to do more!

How are you feeling about your first headline show at Notting Hill Arts Club on the 12th September, and are there any tracks in particular that you’re looking forward to performing?

I have terrible nerves! So before any gig I am a bit of a mess… When playing without the band, it’s not unusual for me to sing verses the wrong way round and or have to go round the intro a couple times because I’ve forgotten words! Having said that, I can’t wait to get up there and play with a full band and enjoy my first ever headline. I’m very excited, not gonna lie!

The song I am opening with is a song called “Selfish Skin”. At the moment, it’s my favourite and I think got a really festival feel as it’s coming to the end of summer I’m trying to hold onto any sunshine I can get! Also I’ve never played that live so the excitement of that one is probably the most!

Finally, if you were invited to perform on the BBC Live Lounge, which song would you cover and why?

My manager will kill me for this (sorry Olly!), but it has to be Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way”. I love that song and always belt it out in the shower, the car, or wherever no one else is. I would do that one because it’s not a song a lot of people know unless you’re an Aretha fan and it’s a big powerful song vocally, which the style in my writing doesn’t really allow me to do vocally. I would love to cover that one.

Connect with Lloyd Llewellyn via his Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Reverend & The Makers – The Death Of A King

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Track Listing:

1. Miss Haversham
2. Auld Reekie Blues
3. Bang Seray
4. Boomerang
5. Too Tough To Die
6. Carlene
7. Monkey See
8. Black Cat
9. Who Am I
10. Time Machine
11. Juliet Knows
12. Black Flowers

Reverend & The Makers are a band that instantly take me back to my days as a student.  If I was to honestly sum up University life, it wouldn’t be anything predictable like too much drinking and partying; in fact it would quite simply be indie music.  Placing a soundtrack to those days you would find me listening to the likes of Hard-Fi, The Pigeon Detectives, Razorlight, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes to name a few.  Here I find myself all these years later and Reverend & The Makers are due to release their sixth studio album on the 22nd September, which is a great feat for any band, especially after frontman John McClure announced back in 2008 that he was done with the industry and quitting music.

Previous studio album “Mirrors” saw the band decamping to Jamaica, so this time the band decided to continue with their travelling theme and recorded their latest release “The Death Of A King” whilst in Thailand.  The video to their lead single “Too Tough To Die” is an extract from a film that was shot whilst out in Thailand, and follows the band as they arrive in a remote fishing village to record and film, however things take an unexpected twist when on the day of arrival the controversial king of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, dies.

John says that: “We loved the recording abroad thing after the last album. Gives the albums a flavour of their own and so we thought we’d give Thailand a try, take the family and all that. I’ve been there before and Pete and Carl raved about Bang Saray so we took all the gang out there. Loads of us. It had finally got back to that big collective I’d always wanted to create. Having long since given up the notion of being number One, we resolved to just make tunes we liked. Ryan’s mrs played bass for a tune, the wives and kids sang backing vocals. Being so far away from home and my family (Laura couldn’t come as she was pregnant) meant I was starting to go a bit mental by the end. I kinda feel like some of that comes thru in the tunes a bit too. I’m kind of off trying to recreate ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’. I’m 35, I have a new set of concerns. I see the world in a different way now so I’m trying to be true to who I am today.”

Listening to opening track “Miss Haversham” I can’t help thinking that it doesn’t sound anything like the band that I remember from back in the days, when I would constantly listen to “Open Your Window” and “He Said He Loved Me” back-to-back on repeat.  However, John is a man of vision and is set on staying true to himself by creating music that he likes; plus, jumping back in to a band that I haven’t listened to since their early material, it was quite naive of me not to think about how much a band would have developed their sound over this period of time.

Sticking with it, I take a shine to “Auld Reekie Blues” where vocals are shared with fellow band member Ed Cosens, which has a great soulful vibe to it and uplifting hooks.  Opening to the sound of bongos and followed by a drawing of the violin “Bang Seray” is an enlightening track that has clearly been inspired by the culture experienced whilst in Thailand, and is a subtle respite from the intricate arrangement the rest of the album goes through.  “Too Tough To Die” is still the one I enjoy the most, and is the stand-out track; which probably has something to do with the heavy bass guitar work that I find myself most comfortable with, and is reminiscent of early Reverend & The Makers.

It doesn’t take much time to work through the album as 10 of the tracks are less than 3-minutes in duration, with “Carlene” being a minute long piano ballad.  With each track taking a different turn from the next and transitioning between arrangements, there are no two tracks that sound the same. “Monkey See, Monkey Do” has Liam Gallagher written all over it, where as “Black Cat” sounds as though it’s come straight out of a musical with its brass band in tow.  Final track “Black Flowers” has the most beautiful opening, and for a moment I’m reminded of elements from “Daydreamin” by Lupe Fiasco, until Laura McClure comes in with her evocative vocals; it’s a 9-minute track of complete variation.

With all 5 previous album releases entering the UK Top 20 Albums chart, I have no doubt that the eclectic “Death Of A King” will reach successful heights of its own, whilst renewing the original spirit of the band, and continuing to gain momentum with each single released.

Connect with Reverend & The Makers via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Huxtable – Interview

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Riffs and rock music your sort of thing?  Then I’ve got something special right here.  Allow me to introduce you to Scottish alt-rockers Huxtable who are armed with drums and a guitar, and a huge bag of hooks.  Duo Marc and Jordan have been working the circuit hard, building up a fan base whilst putting the finishing touches to their new EP “Change Shape Future” which is due for release on the 29th September.  They have just released their first single from the EP “Don’t Do Anything Fancy” and if you give it a listen with your eyes shut, judging by the riff-roaring opening you would be forgiven for thinking you were listening to the fellow two-piece Royal Blood.  I’m very excited by this band and their sound is right up my street, so I catch up with the guys to find out what we can expect from their upcoming release.

What was the decision behind forming the band as a duo, and have you ever thought about bringing in other members?

We were kind of fed up with it being so hard to organise everything! Trying to fit practices, writing, recording and gigging around 4 or 5 people’s schedules can be a real nightmare – this just seemed like the path of least resistance. I don’t think we would bring anyone else in, we’ve got a good flow. Too many cooks spoil the broth as they say!

You’ve both been in bands previously; how do you think your past experiences will help you with Huxtable?

It’s just a learning curve, you learn what to say yes to and what to stay away from (opportunity wise), learn how to perform, learn how to write and so on… we’ve both been making music for over 15 years! So we’ve nearly 3 decades of experience between us… not sure exactly how it helps, but it must in some way!

What’s your writing process, and how easy is it to put a track together with only drums and a guitar?

Generally, Jordan will have and idea and we will flesh it out together. We will record what happens on our phones and then pick through it later to see if anything sticks out. We will usually kick stuff back and forth for a month or so until we have something that is well structured, then they tend to grow into proper songs on the run up to recording them properly.  For “Change Shape Future” we had around 27 songs in varying stages of completion. So we’ve got a bit of a back log of new stuff right now!

You certainly have that Royal Blood / Biffy Clyro / Twin Atlantic vibe about you which I’m really enjoying. What do you think sets you apart from these bands?

I think that’s pretty good company to keep to be honest! Thank you haha.  The real answer and the only one I can think of is lack of success!  People who have heard us like us a lot, getting it out to a wider audience is the tricky bit.

How are you feeling about the release of your upcoming EP “Change Shape Future” and what can we expect from it?

We’ve put a lot more emphasis on production for this record.  If it sounded good – it got kept.  There’s some strange and wonderful instrumentation on some of these tracks. We also made sure it was hooky! So so so many hooks didn’t make the cut so if there is a band out there looking for a hook, we’ve got plenty lying around right now! Hit us up haha.

What inspirations have you drawn upon whilst putting your EP together?

The inspiration during the writing and recording of this was basically “does this excite us?” and if the answer was yes then we went with it.  We kind of collectively decided at the tail end of last year when the writing was coming to an end, and we had picked the tracks that were to be included, that the over riding theme would be “this is what we want to make.”

Are there any tracks in particular that you’re looking forward to getting out there and performing live at your launch show?

All of them! We are really excited to let anyone who will listen to them hear them. It’s been torturous sitting on these tracks and not forcing everyone and their dog to listen.

How does the EP compare to your previous material, and are there any notable differences or developments?

The quality of the songs is higher, the quality of the recording is higher and we didn’t shy away from something because it was difficult, or we couldn’t immediately figure out how to make it happen live with only the two of us – figuring out how to play the record live has been as much fun as making it!

What has the response been to your music so far? You had a great reaction back in 2015 from the likes of Zane Lowe, and it looks as though your latest single “Don’t Do Anything Fancy” is already picking up momentum.

The response to “Don’t Do Anything Fancy” has been great!  Let’s just see how it goes I guess.

What other artists are you listening to at the moment, and do you have any recommendations? 

We’ve both been listening to Everything Everything pretty much constantly. Such an amazing band. I’d recommend anyone listen to their singles at least!  Master class on writing ear worms. We are mainly on a diet of rock music… but in terms of other things floating our boats right now, we would have to throw out Yela Wolf, Post Malone, and the new Jay-Z album is incredible too.  Not a direction for us, but you can pick up things and borrow them over time!

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