AA: How long have you guys been a band? How did you come together?
LL: Our band first started off in a school talent show when we were just 12 years old! Tom (drummer) and Mark (singer) ended up winning that talent show, performing Pieces by Sum 41! Since then we did go our separate ways, going off to university etc, before meeting up again on the other side of the world in Sydney, Australia! A drunken singalong that night then reignited our musical connection and desire to go out there and make great music and show the world. This was around 2 and a half years ago now when we re-started the band. We had a batch of demos which Tom had already recorded which we thought need to be given real life! Since then we have been honing our live skills, finding our ideal band mates and continuously recording new material too. So we have been a band in our current format for only 6 months which was when Ben (Bass) joined the band. Chris (Guitar) has been part of the band for almost two years though now, and Ben settled in straight away so we are very happy with the lineup we have.
AA: I've seen that so far you've only released singles, any plans to release an EP or an LP in the near future?
LL: We have very much so far just been taking things one song at a time, as it seems to suit the current musical climate, as well as us as we can introduce our audience to us song by song and put our all and focus on that one track at a time. We obviously want to build towards releasing an LP really as that is always how I have viewed music as being part of an album. But we are just building up our songs and fan base one step at a time at the minute with the overall goal of working towards an album release..
AA: I saw that the first single you guys had released was "You Could've Been My Queen" - was that the first song you wrote together?
LL: The first song written that kicked off this batch of songs was 'Loved You'. This was very much a song that came about based upon the riff that kick-starts the song. The rest of the song just wrote itself from there and it was the first song that I recorded a demo of and thought to myself 'yeah... There's something here'. That song really did kick-start it all and changed my songwriting overnight almost. Then a few more followed which became the initial demo album that I showed Mark when we got back from Australia.
AA: How has your approach from writing & recording changed from when you first started to now?
LL: The approach to writing has always remained the same, I try and write songs that are true to me and what I'm feeling at the time. With this I am almost obsessive over making sure the song has really strong hooks and melodies as that has always been what draws me into a song. From there I like to make sure the instrumentation fits exactly the idea that I have in my head. This holistic approach then does create some difficulties when we head in the studio as the producer always has their own ideas -which sometimes don't fit the overall sound and feel that I had in my head when I first wrote the song. But I think over the years the main thing that has changed for me is we really have a desire now to think outside the box. Every single guitar part we think are we doing the best we can here? Sometimes basic chords will suffice, but I think in this day and age you really have to be clever about how you use a guitar and drums in particular. This is an interesting challenge in itself, trying to use the guitar in an easy to understand way, but without just trashing out chords as bands did in say the 90's and early 00's.
AA: The video for "The Fire That Burns Inside" is crazy. How long did it take you guys to put together? How did the idea for it come about?
LL: Yes, it's a pretty crazy one indeed! It actually only took us a day to film and was actually a lot more last minute than it may look!! We had actually left it really late to book in a recording session due to availability of the videographer and as such we were very limited as to what we could. So we basically just came up with an idea for the video to take place in our rehearsal room and have some sort of crazy/ cheesy choreographed dance in there too! We just wanted to make a video that was fun and would keep the attention of the viewer to give the video a chance of gaining some traction. The dance moves were all just in my head really and had to show it to the lads and learn it there and then! So it's lucky that it turned out so well really!
AA: Can you talk about writing the song? What inspired it and how does it make you feel?
LL: The song came about when I was going through some relationship things, and I had this chord progression and an idea of how the chorus would sound. Then I started recording a rough demo and the pre-chorus just came out of nowhere when recording and I thought to myself that was really quite unique how the melody sits on top of the simplistic chords and the rhythm section backed that up and I really clinged to that. From there when we were in the studio we knew that we wanted to make the chorus sound massive and so we wanted to add in that big synth sound to really make the chorus explode, whilst keeping the guitars and drums pretty powerful and thunderous. This was to balance out the very 'poppy' sounding pre-chorus and main melody.
AA: Do you guys have any plans to release any other singles in the near future?
LL: Yes, we have plans to release a couple of new songs over the Summer, just about getting the production and recording right for these. We really need to build upon the momentum that this new single has gifted us. Once again we are looking to change up and fine tune our sound, whilst maintaining what our fans love about our music and staying true to our roots! We have a song in particular called 'Bandwagon' which is a favourite live which we are planning to record and release over the Summer.
AA: Any live show/touring plans coming up?
LL: We are always looking to play as many gigs as we can as we just love playing live! We have a big gig coming up in Birmingham on 4th May, supporting another great band Open Arms and have an upcoming festival performance on the BBC Introducing stage at Wychwood. We have quite a few other potential dates so looking forward to see where they take us but looking at covering most areas of the UK so that we can play to the majority of our fans.