RYL: Tell us more about your album “Running with the Wolves” what does it mean for you?
The Effect (http://www.theeffect.co.uk) : ‘Running With The Wolves’ is our third EP and was recorded in the summer of 2013 with producer Romesh Dodangoda, it’s our most experimental EP and focuses on personal experiences through life.
RYL: “Running with the wolves ” is also the last single released from it, what inspired its lyrics?
The Effect: The lyrics are about facing and embracing your fears but at the same time learning to move past them.
RYL: What is the most important thing in the way you do music?
The Effect: Melody and lyrics have always been an essential part in our songwriting process, we always strive for perfection when it comes to writing lyrics that people can connect to as well as writing a catchy melody.
However, when we started writing for ‘Wolves’, we wanted to be more creative within the music, creating light and shade throughout the EP.
RYL: Do you remember how you wrote “Ghosts” ?
The Effect: It was the first song written for the EP and came really naturally, sometimes the best songs write themselves and the writing process in The Effect is never forced.
It’s a pretty personal song about being with someone who you feel disconnected with on a physical and emotional level, a key lyric that sums the song up is ‘I lay with you, entwined and bloom and we’ve never felt so far apart’.
Musically it was influenced by film scores, we wanted Ghosts to have an anthemic yet poignant feel to it.
RYL: how do you, usually, write the lyrics of your songs?
The Effect: It’s defiantly based on personal experiences throughout life, whether it be about love, drugs or religion, songwriting has always been used as a sort of therapy and a way of expressing yourself.
Lyric writing should never be forced, if I’m writing a song and the lyrics aren’t coming straight away I would leave the song alone and focus on something else and maybe go back to it next week or even months later.
I think it is so important to find the right balance between melody and lyrics, they need to work together to deliver the message of the song.
RYL: Which is the best verse you ever wrote?
The Effect: My favourite verse of ours is from our b side ‘Love Will Be The Death Of Us’ released with ‘Souvenir’. It’s a love song but with a dark edge to it, ‘When I see you wrapped in his arms, I want to rip out his god damn throat’.
I have always been interested in the dark side of love, how it can make you do or say certain things.
My favourite lyrics from songs have always been dark love songs, tracks like ‘God only knows’ by The Beach Boys or ‘My Mistakes Were Made For You’ by The Last Shadow Puppets.
They all have a fascinating dark side to them, whilst being a perfect pop/love song at the same time.
RYL: We give you 1$ to spend in purchasing a song, what would you buy?
The Effect: Probably something by Foals, they definitely have some special songs and are a major influence to The Effect, especially how they have progressed their sound with every album. I would probably buy ‘Spanish Sahara’ again, it’s a beautiful track.
RYL: You will be touring very soon? tell us more about it…..
The Effect: We’re planning a few tours at the moment for the end of this year and the start of 2015. We love heading out around the UK and can’t wait to get back out on the road again.
RYL: Last question is about “Souvenir” what inspired its lyrics?
The Effect: Again this song focuses on the same themes as ‘Running With The Wolves’, facing your fears and self acceptance.