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INTERVIEW: Veins

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello! We’re good thank you. It’s been a busy few months with the release of our debut single and video, but all a lot of fun and very exciting.

Can you talk to us more about your debut single “Ambi”?

Ambi was the first track we wrote where we thought ‘yep, that’s our sound, that’s the direction we want to go in’. It’s bass and drum driven with layers of atmospheric guitar and a big chorus and epic outro. It’s been getting plenty of interest and people have been really positive about it, which all we really hoped for.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

A lot of our songs are based on personal experiences or things that have happened to those close to us. Ambi is about two people sticking together through thick and thin, accepting that each other has baggage and looking beyond that; turning their flaws into strengths rather than viewing them as weaknesses. It’s about believing that no matter what happens with the little things, together you can take on the world.

What was the inspiration for the video for the song?

We decided to make an ordinary performance based video but then have extraordinary things begin to happen as the video progresses. At the end you see everything around us being destroyed and us being engulfed by it, which ties in with the theme of sticking together through the bad times. We’re really happy with how it turned out and again people seem to be really into it.

What was it like to work with Russ Russell and how did that relationship develop?

It’s always good fun to work with Russ and I think he really helped us to achieve what we were wanting sound-wise. We go back along way and have worked with him in the past with various bands, which is nice cause it just means we’re all really comfortable working together. We hadn’t seen each other properly for a while so there was a lot of catching up…and gin. A lot of gin.

How much did he influence the single?

We had quite set ideas about how we wanted to sound but we knew Russ was the man that could get them sounds out of our heads and coming out the speakers. Basically, we said make us sound ‘big’ and he made us sound huge. That’s what he does best.

Does the new single mean we can expect any new material – how’s that coming along?

We’ve been back in the studio with Russ and recorded what will probably be our 2nd and 3rd singles already. They’re not mixed yet but they’re already sounding great. One, Blood On My Hands, is a bit more upbeat than Ambi with a huge chorus and the other, Never the Same, shows a different side to us, it’s quite stripped back through most of the song until it kicks in for a huge ending. It has to have at least one massive sounding bit or it wouldn’t sound like Veins!

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve got a few gigs lined up; our first London show is on the 6th April at the Monarch in Camden, as part of the Camden Rocks Presents events they’re putting on in the lead up to the festival, so we’re really excited about that one. We’re also playing a single launch night with Koyo from Leeds on the 31st March in Kettering, which is looking like being a great gig.

What else is happening next in Veins’ world?

Working on the next singles and videos and more gigging hopefully.

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The band are @veinsbanduk on Twitter and Facebook.

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