How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Jezz: We just go with our mood at the time, it’s usually structured around a concept.
In my head i tend to visualise movie scenes, that helps me hone in particular themes.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Paul: Consistency and a banging chorus!
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Dan: No not at all, we find it really empowering.
Jezz: Yeah particularly with things that we struggle with that we know people can relate to. If we can’t use our music to empower and motivate people, ‘whats the point?’ you know.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
Jezz: The chant at the end of Dead Happy.
“Will i be there, will i be scared, will i be dead when i’m happy” i wrote that song coming back from a really dark point in life. That probably seems really dark when you take it out of context haha, the rest of the song is intended to inspire.
What inspired “The Art Of Falling Down”, part of your debut album “Cali”?
Dan: Speaking for myself and Jezz, we’ve had some real lows over the last 5 years or so, the other 2 haven’t had it easy too to be fair. We’re pretty sure we’re not alone in that and we wanted to tell people not to ever give up, live life to the full & strive to achieve your goals.
Jezz: We really wanted to write an anthem for the lost, or the seemingly lost at least.
It’s kinda like “well, look where you’re at now, forget the hell you’ve just been through. you still have the same goals, lets get it!”
And “A Way Home”?
Jezz: This one was personal for me. I found myself living that robot life that people always refer to. Not to knock that but sometimes you’ve got to find what makes you happy. The song was about my partner helping me keep my head together, i guess a lot of the songs on the album are quite positive haha.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Love Again”?
Paul: Yeah, me and Jezza were jamming in Manchester. The song came together in like 20 mins or something. We were freezing in the warehouse in East Manchester yet that song got us thinking of summer & then we structured the lyrics and tones around that moment.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album?
Scott: For sure. There’s a positive theme across the whole record. Some people might think it’s a series of love songs, but there’s so much more to it.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Scott: Don’t be scared to work with someone else! haha
What are your plans for 2019?
Jezz: We’re gonna take CALI on the road. We’re currently booking shows across the UK, we’ve got a few decent support slots in the pipeline too. We’ll see how long the buzz lasts and when the time is right, maybe we’ll get back in the studio.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your album “Cali”: Scott – Summer.
- The best show you ever played: Paul – Our show with Lacey at Rock City, those guys are awesome and joined us on stage for The Art Of Falling Down, too!
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Dan – Whiskey!
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Jezz – Seven Days In The Sun – Feeder, there’s so many but that’s a go to. Our generation was blessed with good music.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking but not written by you: Jezz – The Snake Oil Willie Band – I Don’t Look Good Naked Anymore.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Paul – Don’t do it, it’s a trap!