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INTERVIEW: Syren City

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi, thanks for having us along! We’re great thanks. Just got back from wrapping up the first installation of our accompanying film, to go with our latest EP. It’s been a lengthy process but caffeine has got us through, we’re still smiling.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “10,000 Knives”?
“10,000 Knives” is track 3 on the EP and chapter 3 in the story. I wrote it from the perspective of our lead male, it’s his thoughts about meeting his partner in crime, falling for her but he’s still tormented by his murderous instincts. It’s a twisted ballad really. The character is on the run after breaking out of an asylum, Danielle, joins him in violent spree of vengeance. Taking out the scum of the city and those that have done them wrong. Hence the “I’m volatile and you’re blind with rage…” lines and all the talk of cyanide, razors, guns and knives haha. It was a fun song to write.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
No event as such, I was more influenced by films by such directors as Robert Rodriguez, Tim Burton and Rob Zombie. I like the idea of psychopaths in love. So decided to go down that route with this song.

Can you tell us more about your video?
Without being too descriptive and giving too much away. We deliberately chose the third song/chapter to do first. That way you’re immediately immersed in the story. The characters are already established and you’re in the middle of the action. The video follows the story of the song, so our lead characters have met and are already on the run. They then go on a playful run of murders across the city. There are twists and turns but I can’t reveal too much yet haha.

The single comes off your new EP Paradise In The Dirt – what led you to do a concept record?
We really fancied doing something a little different and I’ve been toying around with fictional writing for a while, writing one-off songs about characters or events. As a band we decided we should do a larger idea. So I’ve written the plot for 3 concept EPs that inter-link and play out as one big story. Heavily influenced by film, and living in the age where people want to see everything, we thought why not make a video for each song and make the entire film too!

What’s the story behind the title?
Paradise in the Dirt is a line in “It’s Morphine Time” and it comes from the escaped asylum patient as he breaks out and meets his murderous soul mate, Danielle. It’s a metaphor for finding something good and heavenly, in amongst the chaos and filth.

How was the recording and writing process?
Intense. It was a lot of fun too. Getting in the mindframe of the characters was very new to me and drove me half mad but it was incredibly fun. “It’s Morphine Time” was especially fun as the lyrics in the beginning are simply dialogue to the story, 3 characters trying to pin down a super-human, drug addict. “Danielle” was a new experience too, where we got to play around with acoustics and really strip the sound back a bit, giving it a Vaudeville feel.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
We wanted to set 3 different scenes so deliberately set about each song differently. “It’s Morphine Time” is such a chaotic song and story, the music needed to give that feeling from the start. Essentially we were more influenced by the tone we were trying to set then anything or anyone in particular. Lyrically, I had a lot of fun because the first two songs are introductions to the characters that I’ve created and the third is them meeting.

Any plans to hit the road?
We’re hitting the road immediately, 14th April we start our tour in Glasgow. We’ll be out til the 20th. We have dates booked all over the summer too, with some festivals and weekenders in the works.

What else is happening next in Syren City’s world?  
As we’ve just wrapped on the first video installation, we’ll be planning the next two and getting them shot. Really we want to get out to as many towns and cities as possible and showcase some new material!

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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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