How have you been?
We’ve been great, thanks. We’ve just been looking forward to finally releasing some new music. It’s been a long time since we last released something and there has been some changes within the band, so it’s great to finally show the world what we’ve been working on.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “My Only Home”?
It’s the first single from our debut album of the same name. We decided this should be the first single as we all thought this showed the new sound and direction the band was taking. It’s one of the faster songs on the album, with a big chorus but still maintains the heavier side of the band.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Not an event as such but about being in the band, having a massive love of music and us being a band together. But also being part of a journey and never feeling alone by having the band around us.
How was the film experience?
It was fun to bring make some noise in a nice quiet neighbourhood. We chose to do it in a house to tie it in with the song and theme of the album. Our director Chris Porter did a fantastic job. We wanted the energy that we have at our shows to come across on the video and he did that perfectly.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
The name for the album and track came from what everyone in the band feels about the band and music. We all have boring day jobs to fund the band and when we actually have the chance to create new music and play shows, that’s when we all feel comfortable and at home. Music is what brings us all together and its so important to us.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process went quite smoothly. We had over 20 song ideas rolling about when we finally decided to start cutting off the ones that we didn’t feel were strong enough to make it on the album. Adam, Danny and Jamie would get together and get the music of the tracks down, and then Ant would come down and lay down the vocals. It was frustrating at times to get stuff how we wanted it, but on the whole it went well. We recorded the album in 2 weeks at Longwave Studios with Romesh Dodangoda. We’ve worked with him previously on our debut EP and it just made sense going back to him.
What was it like to work with Romesh Dodangoda and why calling him again for this new material?
Romesh is great to work with. He knows how to get the best out of you and he’ll push you to your limits and beyond. Because we’ve worked with him before, we knew how he worked and he knew how we worked to get the best sounding album we could.
How much did he get to influence the album?
His influence comes from just the respect we have for him but also the finishing touches he brings to the songs to push them to the next level. Whether that’s from an added guitar part or a harmony in a chorus. His knowledge and production is massive and makes him another member of the band almost.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The inspiration comes from what we each go through in our day to day lives, the feelings we get from being in a band together. But also just being massive fans of music, that constantly inspires all of us.
Any plans to hit the road?
Of course, we can’t wait to hit the road and play anywhere we can.
What else is happening next in Dead Winter’s world?
We’ll be releasing another single off the album before its release later this year and get on the road.
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