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Your debut album “strange Hymns” will be released in few days, can you share with us your feelings/emotions? What it does represent for you?

We’re all buzzing about the release. It has been along time in the making so it’s good to see everything falling in to place. The album represent 3+ years of hard work getting it to a place where it is an accurate representation of our band up to this point.

We feel that the album definitely fulfils this.

how do you usually write the lyrics of your songs? 

There is no set way that we write the lyrics. We all write individually, but I’d maybe say that the most used approach is that once one of us has verse/chorus lyrics, all the band get involved to add extra lyrics and their personal opinion. It takes a while but we like the way it works.

tell us more about “heavy heartless”….

It is a song about the lower points in some peoples lives.

Two people we came to know in a bad situation joined together and began to help each other and transform their lives. A song tinged with sadness, but also with hope & positivity.

The track was produced and recorded in Dublin with the good chap Rob Kerwin. 

what inspired the lyrics of “dreamers”

The song was inspired by where we’re from, Caithness.

It is about not following the expected path in life that it sometimes feels like you are heading towards; and about having the confidence and belief to swim against the tide.

There’s a deliberate irony to the music and lyrics that some people miss.

are you currently on tour?

Our UK tour starts on the 26th of August in Sheffield and lasts until 10th September.

do you remember the day you wrote “bring me to light”?

Not the day specifically but I remember the period.

Being in a band is a great thing but at a certain point you decide if you are 100% committed or not. When you’re at that stage it’s not easy.

You realise that you have to put the band before most things – including people, your closest family and friends.

You have to be ok with that even if you aren’t. Otherwise you’re only 95% in.

Knowing your being selfish but having to get on with it. Bring me To Light comes from the first time experiencing that feeling.

which is the best verse ever written for a song?

It’s a Leonard Cohen one for me. The last verse in ‘Bird On A Wire’. It’s pretty simple but it perfect.

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch, 

he said to me, “You must not ask for so much.” 

And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door, 

she cried to me, “Hey, why not ask for more?” 

 

and the best one you ever wrote?

I think the best Neon Waltz verse is the 2nd one in the album closer, ‘Veiled Clock’. 

Fasten my belt in the back seat

I hear it saves lives

And in a poll of the public opinion

We’re agreed that we don’t like to die