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INTERVIEW: Moralist

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been really good thank you! Busy though!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Nevermore”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
The song is inspired mainly by failed relationships with people you can’t let go of and with how they just leave you and can move on without an issue and your left to pick up the pieces. It’s about letting go of a negative entity in your life, be it one that forever brings you down or puts you down. It’s about finding that inner strength to say ‘I will not live like this anymore, I will change myself and my life for the better’, as well as not letting depression, anxiety and anger get the better of yourself. Time makes all the difference and the journey is a long, long road but with the right people and a positive mind you will make it.

How was the film experience?
Filming the video was really great, most of us hadn’t done anything like it so it was different. We rented a dance studio with the intention of covering up the massive mirror that stretched the entire room but we just ended up incorporating it into the video. It gave us some great shots to work with and was also a bit different to your average band performance video! Andy Moodie did an incredible job editing it too, we couldn’t be happier with the final product!

The single comes off your new album Bitterness Lays In Wasted Times – what’s the story behind the title?
Mainly that bitterness does come from wasting time worrying and stressing about a certain event or situation. You’re the only one with the power to change things so stop holding yourself back being bitter about it and deal with the problem.

How was the recording and writing process?
It was really good fun, most of the material was written well before we recorded it so it was really chilled and straightforward. We spent a week at Avenue Studios and came away with some of the best music we’d written as a collective.

What real life experiences inspire the songs and lyrics on this album?
A fair few, taking ‘Weatherman’ for an example it’s all about feeling low and alone, but being trapped in a long term relationship that had lost all its positive qualities. And then when it’s all over not knowing how to get to grips with the mass change and void that you have left inside. We also write mainly about the day to day struggles with anxiety and depression both of which are a big lyrical part to the band too. Music has the ability to be able to make you feel better in yourself and to motivate you in anyway you choose. The philosophy is to just not give up, things do get better it’s just all you and you have the ability to make things better. Being real in the music we write, with the people we meet, and with each other,  it’s all just part of the core principals we follow. To respect people and show them fairness, as we are all human, and although we all follow different paths in life, we are equal and deserve to feel as such.

Any plans to hit the road?
Yeah, we have a short 4 day tour in April, supporting Holding Absence and we stop at Crawley (13th April), Bristol (14th April), Bridgend (15th April) and Wellingborough (16th April)! We’re also playing in Stowmarket at Getcha Pull, a small all dayer!

What else is happening next in Moralist’s world?
We’re currently halfway through writing our next release, as well as releasing our Debut EP ‘Bitterness Lays In Wasted Times’ on the 17th June! Might have a cheeky music video to go along with it too!

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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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