How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Martin: We usually write the lyrics after the music !
Guilhem: Yep ! First we compose the music, then we sing and find the sounds we like ! I don’t know how American people do but when we write a song we first sing it with in gibberish words to get the sound we’d like, and then we do a mix between the sound and the meaning.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Martin: In my point of view, the most important things in songwriting is the music. I think music can share more than words. But that doesn’t really mean lyrics are useless. the message we share is very important for us but so are the sound and the rhythm of lyrics. When the lyrics are meaningfull, the music takes you over.
Guilhem: Yes it’s a kind of double work to accomplish your song and acheive the perfect harmony between music and lyrics.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Guilhem: I am. There’s a song i wrote, called ‘In My Life‘, that I’m scared to play live cause I think I wouldn’t stand and i’d cry while singing this song. So we never played this song yet.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
Martin: ‘Dead End‘ is very meaningful for me. I wrote that song after a sad story that happened few years ago. It’s the discussion between a son and his father, about suicide and how we cannot explain that.
What inspire “Till I Did”, part of your latest self titled EP?
Martin: It’s about the sensation you have when you’ve just really fucked up something and then you got to run away from your life. So you know that life’s going to change right now and you can’t go back. It’s the story of a man who’s gone too far away.
Do you remember the day you wrote “It’s All In Your Mind”?
Martin: Well it was a psychedelic one for sure! We did quickly wrote that song! Sometimes words come fast and sound imediatly meaningful.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new EP?
Guilhem: We write songs about life, feelings, about what we live. So it’s more like a continuity than common themes.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Guilhem: We are our own producer! So maybe the best suggestion we gave to ourselves was that we started that band!
What are your plans for 2019?
Guilhem: Live, live, live!
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your EP: Guilhem: Rock! / Martin: True!
- The best show you ever played: Guilhem: All our shows during the tour with our friends from the band Mama’s Gun! / Martin: Yeah for sure! Our show for “La semaine du Rock” at Le Metronum, Toulouse (fr) was fucking insane!
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Martin: I Don’t know… Surprises can be good! I remember one time we played for a Canal + show in our town (Toulouse), and in our backstage the team had left the puppets of “Les Guignols de l’info”, a really known french tv show! / Guilhem: Yes It was really funny to get that famous puppets backstage!
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Martin: Steady As She Goes – The Raconteurs. / Guilhem: With A Girl Like You – The Troggs.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking but not written by you: Martin: There’s so many amazing songs! But if I had to choose one… It will be for sure a John Lennon’s song, maybe “Accross The Universe”. / Guilhem: Blackbird by Paul Mc Cartney, I’m a fan! / Martin: Yes we like The Beatles! For the anecdote, we recorded a few songs with Ken Scott (producer on the Beatles’s White Album) in Toulouse. That was an amazing moment we spend with him, unforgettable!
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Martin: Make some efforts… Aha! I think the first thing in relationship is to believe in relationships! / Guilhem: Say things clearly, be true.