AA: Your sound isn’t something that everybody does these days. It’s crazy to hear a real rock band sometimes in 2019. How did you guys discover your sound and discover this is the type of music you like to make?
PV: Our sound is basically from the bands we listened too when we were younger, when you first start playing. I was playing Oasis and Nirvana stuff because it was easy to learn as a beginner and their guitar tones are quite heavily distorted, so that is why we sound the way we do .
AA: When it comes to rock music, everybody seems to have a lot of the same influences. Who are some influences that you guys have from the classic rock era that a lot of people might not know about?
PV: Brad is a big Queen fan as well as AC/DC, which might surprise some people. I’m influenced a lot by early Kings of Leon as well. I really love their first two albums. Elliot is massively into Space Monkeys, he says they are one of his favourite bands.
AA: You guys started out well right off the bat with “Cave Song” – that song seemed to do well for you. It seemed like everything else was going to be easy. Of courses, it’s been anything but that. How frustrating have the past couple of years been for you guys?
PV: I think the past couple of years have had their ups and downs, but I think that everything that’s happened has let us all grow as musicians. And it shows with the album, as I think that it has turned out 100 times better than if we had released it a couple of years back.
AA: When did you know when things were starting to turn around?
PV: When we had been told by our manager that Big Machine was interested in signing us after seeing us at a festival a year or so back. It was an amazing feeling after everything that had happened.
AA: Where did you record the new album and who did you work with on it?
PV: We recorded the album in Monnow Valley with Dan Austin at the end of 2017 and going into early 2018. Instead of going in for months at a time, we did it in short bursts of one week to keep the energy and focus, rather than spend weeks on end recording. Boredom sets in, especially when you are in the beautiful Welsh countryside…
AA: Are all the songs on the record new, or are there a couple of older songs that you guys have put a couple of years go?
PV: The songs are mainly all new, once we initially left Virgin, we wrote a lot of new songs. There’s a couple that have lingered around, but we found the best versions of them working with Dan Austin.
AA: The singles that have been released so far have all been pretty good. “Are You Entertained” is a badass song. What inspired you guys to write it?
PV: I wrote that in my bedroom, “Are You Entertained?” is about self-destruction and that feeling of not being satisfied…
AA: “These Four Walls” is also a badass song. What’s the inspiration behind that?
PV: That’s about being a teenager and the raw feeling of excitement and madness you can get at a gig. It makes you feel like you have the strength to smash up the venue and cause the walls to collapse.
AA: What are your touring plans for this year?
PV: We’re coming to the States for a quick visit in February, it will be our first time in Las Vegas and LA. And then we’re returning in April / May to open for Badflower on their tour, which is very exciting. We’ll be doing more shows in the UK & Europe, and then once the album comes out we can go further afield. There will be an extensive UK tour, our biggest ever, in the Fall.
What do you really want to accomplish this year?
We’re ambitious, very ambitious. At a minimum, we’d like world domination haha.