How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I have a whole list of topics, stories and themes that I would like to sing about, but I always listen to the music first and then decide what emotion and story it evokes in me. I try not to overthink it and learn to trust my instincts.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Big fan of honesty and spontaneity in songwriting. Many people sell that it is all about rewriting and refining, but my attention span won’t allow that. I like when songs write themselves and I am just a transmitter of sorts. Keep music real, please ☺
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
On the contrary, I feel like this is part of my job. We are all in the same boat and we all have the same worries, anxieties and fears. I can put those into a song that someone might find solace in. I like this global “connectedness” that music offers – and I cannot wait to share more of my worries and personal experiences with as many listeners as possible.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
This is a difficult question; it is almost like asking “what’s your best diary entry?”. All our lyrics are available on our website so I hope that fans find a line or two that resonate with them.
What inspired “One for the Road,” off your upcoming album “Self-Theories”?
I feel like these days real experiences slip through our fingers, replaced by the virtual world. Social media replaces the actual human interaction. “One for the Road” is inspired by the desire to leave all that behind and just run away, drive till the tank is empty, walk through the fields, lay in the grass and talk to your friend, who is right there beside you. I am a big fan of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel “On the Road”, published in 1957, so the whole aesthetic of the music video is very 1950s, with all those gorgeous Cadillacs on the open road. We call this song our “ode to freedom of exploration”. Life is short, stop wasting time and go exploring the world!
Do you remember the day you wrote “One for the Road”?
It was August of 2018 and Paul (drummer and producer of Plastic Barricades) was away in India for his friend’s wedding (where he managed to meet his future wife!). I had the chord progression lying around for some time. Rewatching “On the Road” movie that warm summer evening inspired the lyrics.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album?
Upcoming LP is more reflective and introspective. Social anxiety, pressures of the constantly changing world, uncertainty and instability of the political regime, constant stream of information and screen addiction, climate catastrophe and the superficiality of the modern online reality – these are just some of the topics from “Self-Theories”. But it is not all doom and gloom – we also write about true love and bravery and sacrifices that we all have to make in order to help others.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Stand up and jump around was something that Paul kept telling me when I was agonising over some guitar parts and sounds. Freedom when recording translates into freedom on the album very easily, so I think this is a great piece of advice.
What are your plans for 2019?
Our first single “One for the Road” is out now – so we are doing a lot of promotional activities and interviews at the moment. We are hoping to release one more single before the year ends and then focus on finishing the album. “Self-Theories” currently has 10 tracks on it, but we are also working on a couple of new songs, so those might make it onto the final LP as well.
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 “Self-Theories:” Honest.
- The best show you ever played: London – Hard Rock Cafe.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Dave Grohl ☺
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Nirvana and Metallica and Oasis.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “Masterplan” by Oasis.
- Last question is “unusual,” we want to know your best relationship advice: Be honest and don’t pretend to be someone you are not.