INTERVIEW: Calling All Astronauts

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Everything at CAA HQ is fabulous, we are very humbled by how well the new album is being received.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Empire”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
We have a lot of young girls following us on Twitter, and they regularly seem to be broken hearted after splitting up with their boyfriends. One day one was asking advice about a guy who wasn’t treating her well, we of course advised her to dump him and find somebody who’ll treat her with respect, and I just got thinking about how, when people are young, they think they will be with their first love forever, and how it rarely works out like that. And that spawned Empire.

Any plans to release a video for the single?
While we were recording the new album we felt it was going to be too long between singles, so we released a cover of Robin S’s “Show Me Love” as we’d recorded it as a bit of fun and thought the results were great, we didn’t have time to make a video, so we went onto to Fiverr and got a guy to make an animation video for us, it was so cost effective when it came to Empire we just went back to Fiverr and commissioned a guy to make one for us, his brief was just to make something quite abstract and cool, the final result is quite remarkable and it cost us less than you Jwould pay for lunch.

The single comes off your new album Anti-Social Network – what’s the story behind the title?
Like most bands nowadays we are very active on Social media, we got a blue tick on Twitter last year, and found as soon as we got it, we started attracting “trolls”, prior to the “blue tick” I could be watching TV and comment that somebody was singing out of tune or miming and all our followers would agree and the moment would pass, following being verified, every fan of whatever act you’ve commented on considers it their raison d’etre to attack you, and encourage others to do the same. There is a lynch mob mentality that sweeps across all the social networks where people with very little knowledge and ever fewer facts appoint themselves judge and jury, removing all grey areas, everything has become black or white to them, so what started off as a way to meet new people or connect with friends has become a virtual warzone.

How was the recording and writing process?
It was a seriously long process, we spent 20 months recording the album, in our own studio (it’s actually my lounge) J and I had starting writing the album for a couple of months before we recruited Paul as our new bassist, so we had to go back at some of the earlier songs, and do lots of technical stuff to make his real bass sit nicely with the synth basses that were already on the tracks. It was a great process and I learnt so much about production and programming over the period. We are just three mates having fun, we never had a period when we didn’t have anything to work on, it all just flowed.

What dangerous things about Social Network get to inspire the lyrics on this record?
In the song The American Dream, there is a bridge where the lyrics are “Love me, hate me, strip me, rate me, See my pictures on my instagram. Watch me, share me, pay me, dare me Youtube sensation is what I am” I think that sums up what social networkd are all about. When I saw my careers advisor at school, I told him I wanted to be a philosopher, I can imagine kids today, saying their ambition is to be famous on Vine or a “Youtuber”.

Any plans to hit the road?
We are currently working on the new live set, because we use lots of loops and programming etc, there is a lot of pre-production goes into our live shows. We’ve not been the most prolific when it comes to the number of live shows we’ve done, it’s been more a case of quality over quantity, but we are now about to put that right and expect to be playing a large number of shows shortly

What else is happening next in Calling All Astronauts’ world?
There will be several further singles from “Anti-Social Network”, so we are currently organizing videos and remixes etc.

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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