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INTERVIEW: Habitats

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

Yeah all good thanks, just chilling, working, puppeteering, mourning the death of 69 year olds… the usual. It’s quite weird getting back into the flow of everything to be honest i.e. interviews, promoting the e.p. and practicing for shows etc. But overall, camp Habs is a happy place to be.

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Jungles¨? 

Ermmmm, it basically revolves around analysing peoples perceptions on how to handle day to day life. Common knowledge is, we live, we die …but we are given options/opportunities on what to do in-between and it’s interesting to see why some people don’t make the most of that sometimes. Unless you are into your kinky shit and think there is an afterlife, then fair play.

Did any event in particular get to influence the song? 

Well the song all came together quite a while ago. The lyrics were probably penned when sat in a toilet cubicle at work, but we remember the music being pieced together really quickly not long after Joe joined the band. It had quite a natural feel but there wasn’t any specific influence.

Why naming the EP after this track in particular? 

No real reason just couldn’t think of anything better.  It’s also the track that we play live last and is somewhat of a fan favourite!

How was the recording and writing process? 

Intense and eye opening, in a good way! We worked hard to get as much down as possible and before we left for America, 75% of the E.P. was in the bag… but then we got in the studio and rewrote most of the structures. Our producer  had some intriguing methods, some of which included ice-cream breaks and recording for 15 hours plus a day. So you could say it was different to our usual bedroom antics round our friends house, watching La Liga highlights and playing with a Mr Bean toy.

As a guy who has lived his entire life in the Caribbean, I am curious how do you guys come up with the idea for ¨tropical indie/alternative¨ and how does a band from the cold England came up with this concept? 

You lucky bugger you! I don’t think we actually came up with the idea, we seemed to just get pegged that through fans and bloggers. It’s the worst question to get asked right? ‘What do you sound like’. Fuck it, let someone else decide.

How did NYC influence your E.P.? 

Not a lot really, we recorded in Hudson and Hudson is a strange place indeed. It’s just antique shops and a bit of a hipster haven/retirement home really. We spent time in the city i.e. Manhattan and Brooklyn after the E.P. was recorded. That was surreal, we had a night chilling in Electric Lady Land studios and most of us were really overwhelmed. I actually think a couple of the boys jammed a little. It’s a shame we didn’t do it all the other way round as that did have an influence on us ahaha.

Any plans to hit the road?

 Yeeeaaahhhh booii, our management were always on at us before because we are really forgetful about mentioning the important stuff, so it’s drilled in now, (details below)!  We love touring and vibing off the crowd at shows when they lose their shit, our shows have a real party atmosphere.

Feb

27th – Manchester (Deaf Institute)

March

2nd – Leeds (Oporto)

3rd – London (Hoxton Bar & Kitchen) – EP LAUNCH SHOW

9th  – St Albans (The Horn)

24th – Nottingham (The Bodega)

What else is happening next in Habitats´ world? 

Maybe another release of some sort over Springtime, hopefully playing festivals in the summer, depends on how the reviews go… the establishment might tear us a new one and we decide to just give up and go home!

 

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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