How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Honestly, something really screwed up will happen to me and ten minutes later I’ll have written a song about it. I think lyrics are a balance of honesty and protecting yourself. Sometimes you have to find roundabout ways of saying something so people close to you don’t think you’ve just written a song about them.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Flow and credibility. Lyrics have to roll off your tongue in a very comfortable way, and the only way to make sure that happens is to write how you would speak from day to day. Sure, there might be a word that rhymes, but if it’s not a word I use in regular daily conversation I feel weird singing it.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Yes actually, I’m terrified. People ask me all the time what my songs are about and I feel very uncomfortable telling them. Usually I’ll write a song because there’s one specific person who I want to hear it, but 9 times out of 10 they don’t know it’s about them.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
“He is the man who would wait for grass to grow.”
What inspired “Sneakers”, your latest single?
How do I explain this one without incriminating myself? It’s about love, and not knowing what you want, and trying to repress feelings in an act of futility. Matters of the heart are always messy.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Who Are You”?
Yes I do. My room looked like an episode of hoarders. I dug my guitar out from underneath the previous night’s rubble and just started messing around with the idea for the chorus. It was a time of my life where I was in a funk I just couldn’t dig myself out of. I met someone who I thought was holding a shovel, but really they just used it to beat me over the head with.
Are you working on a release of a new EP/album?
Yes! We’ve got a couple of tracks finished. A couple still in the works. We’ll be in the studio again in the middle of June.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Matt Squire suggested we do the last part of the chorus of “Sneakers” in half time. It absolutely made the entire song.
What are your plans for 2019?
Make content. We’ve been working on music, videos, vlogs, instagram content…. Just a whole bunch of stuff. We’re also planning a bunch of gigs. If you go and follow us on our socials, you’ll be up to date minute by minute on what we’re up to.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your song “Sneakers”: Whoops.
- The best show you ever played: The Bowery Electric. The crowd was absolutely electric, and it was the first show where people in the crowd actually knew most of the lyrics to our songs. Hearing other people sing words you wrote is absolutely a magical feeling.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Anything to distract James so he doesn’t annoy me before we go on.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Pink Floyd’s The Wall.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Echoes – Pink Floyd. The song is absolute poetry. I still get teary eyed when I listen to it sometimes. How do you make one song interesting for 20+ minutes continuously? It’s a monumental task. Those guys were absolute geniuses.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: If it feels like you’re faking it, you are. You’re not doing anybody any favours by sticking around in that condition. Follow your heart, because we’re all gonna die anyway. Might as well make yourself happy before the big sleep, you know?