Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Very well thanks, and feeling festive.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Elegy¨?
Elegy sets the tone for the EP as a whole, so the decision to open the EP with it was an easy one. Thematically, it has a kindred spirit in the Dylan Thomas poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night: it’s a desperate cry to go out with a bang rather than just fizzle, to mean something to someone while you can and leave behind some kind of legacy. It’s a very optimistic song, given all the death chat!
Did any event in particular inspire the song?
Some of the lyrics are drawn from a conversation Chris had with a close friend – specifically the line about “every word we’ve said” having been “already spoken”: the “nihilistic view” that there’s no point striving for originality. The song was born as a reaction against this viewpoint, in favour of the idea that it is still possible to discover, to invent and to leave a mark on the world.
The single comes off your new album Absence – what´s the story behind the title?
We had been throwing potential titles back and forth for a while (an early suggestion from producer Jason was “Death Death Death”) and eventually settled on ‘Absence’ because it had a little more subtlety. A lot of the songs come from a place of loss, and of coping with it. The title puts an emphasis on that which isn’t there but was before, a void in your life that you can’t help but feel constantly.
How was the recording and writing process?
Stepping into the studio was kind of a dream come true. We were secluded on an island for two weeks, which was only accessible via a narrow wooden bridge, and the feeling of being cut off from the mainland I think helped influenced the introspective, isolated feeling of the songs. Chris and Guy each wrote half of the songs on the record separately, but being in the studio lent them a sense of coherence and unity.
What was it like to work with Jason Wilson and how did that relationship develop?
Jason was the perfect choice to work with: he had a great deal of patience and took the time to get the best out of each of us. He also helped us to see where we could strip back our sound, cut out the excess and get to the core of the songs.
How much did he get to influence the album?
We valued his input, creatively as well as technically. He suggested a lot of little touches to add such as new vocal harmonies. One song on the EP, “Victory”, was pretty much completely restructured because he heard a chorus where before there was none. It took us a while to get used to the new structure, but having played it a few times, it just feels right. And it’s even more fun to play live!
Any plans to hit the road?
The next gig we’ve got booked is a release party for the EP on 19 February at O2 Academy2 in Islington, London. We really want to play a few festivals in 2016, so we’re looking at options. If our travels take us further afield, that would be awesome too – a European tour is definitely on the bucket list.
What else is happening next in RHYN´s world?
We’re chilling out with our families for Christmas before gearing up for the EP launch in February – we’re very excited to get it out there!