How was working on this latest project and has your creative process changed at all from your last EP?
Nah the process is the same – we just get in a room, write and record. A couple of tunes on this EP were done remotely, but that's nothing new to us either.
What were the main inspirations, sonically and conceptually, for this project?
I don't think we're a very concept-driven band, but there's definitely a theme of capturing raw creative energy in our songs, before it gets over-written over-dubbed and over-developed, and loses a bit of its spark. We try to stay true to the initial idea that excited us in the first place. Sonically, we listen to a whole heap of 60's and 70's music... and a fair bit of the new music we listen to is sampling this era.
Which two tracks from this project do you feel best show your range?
"Leave your ego at the door
and serve the song."
How did the collaborations come about and how was working with the featured artists?
It's a real mix of new people we've approached, people who've approached us, and people that someone in the band knows from doing other music stuff with them. We're really happy to have a load of featured artists on our stuff that we really respect.
What is something that another artist has taught you that has stayed with you when creating?
Leave your ego at the door and serve the song. I think you just learn that through collaborating with people and the good and bad experiences.
How do you feel that your sound has evolved from this latest project compared to your previous release?
I think this EP has more diverse moods than Volume 1, and maybe a more upbeat vibe (for us at least!)
"I remember being sat next to her on the sofa for most of the time, and her voice making the hairs stand up!"
It was ace, we did both those tunes in the same session. I remember being sat next to her on the sofa for most of the time, and her voice making the hairs stand up!
Being from Leeds, are there any local artists you would recommend?
"we definitely want to explore creating stand alone releases with one artist somewhere down the line."
Which artists inspired you to get into music and who is inspiring you today?
There's too many to list! As a guitarist, Hendrix was super important to me. Today I'm really digging Jeff Parker. Also Alchemist is inspiring for the way he's putting shit out and collabing with single artists on projects... we definitely want to explore creating stand alone releases with one artist somewhere down the line.
If you had to recommend five artists to your listeners, who would they be?