INTERVIEW: Greyhaven

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi guys! We’re all good thank you, just gearing up for some big announcements and a few more shows!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “On and On”?
“On & On” is the first single from our second EP “State of Mind”. It’s a really bouncy one and it’s got a huge chorus, we’ve actually been playing it live for the past few shows now and it’s been getting a really great reaction!

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
The instrumental comes from something Alex had been noodling about with for a few weeks, which all came together in a pre production session with a friend of ours. The lyrics focus on the effects of depression, anxiety and other mental health problems, particularly in young people. They follow the story of a young person who is going through a hard time in their life, finding it impossible to break free from their negative feelings, ending with them taking their own life.

Any plans to release a video for the single?
We filmed a video for “On & On” back in April with Scott Canty from Dark North Media. The story of the video follows the lyrics of the song really well and the whole video really does look fantastic. It should be released late July/early August.

The single comes off your new album State of Mind – what’s the story behind the title?
The story behind the name “State of Mind” follows on from the lyrics for “On & On”. It highlights the theme of the EP as one that focuses on the mental aspect of life, be it depression, anxiety and even views that people hold which most people would interpret as being negative or harmful.

How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was really natural for this EP. The music was inspired by the fans that we have gained over the past year, all throughout the writing and recording process the thought of playing these songs to our fans has really helped bring everything together. We recorded with Daniel Kerr at Avenue Studios in Surrey. Daniel is a great producer with an amazing ear for all things musical. Towards the end of the recording we decided to go to a trampoline park with Daniel, only to discover that we are all way more out of shape than we first thought!

Does the UK plays a role in your sound?
We definitely have a very British sound. Our singer doesn’t try and mimic the American accent for a start which is something we really admire. The music also draws from a lot of our influences, a lot of which are British bands such as Young Guns, As Lions, Bring Me The Horizon and even the old school guys like Queen and Def Leppard!

How would this record showcase a more mature side of the band?
The EP shows a great progression in our sound. The first EP “The Flood”, was a bit mixed as we weren’t exactly what sort of direction we were going to be taking, but as we started to play more shows and do more writing sessions with each other we definitely managed to find our sound.

What states get to inspire the songs and lyrics on this EP?
The songs were pretty much all written with playing shows in mind, a lot of the instrumentals have been written just after a show or after going to see a band live. Lyrically they all tend to come from real life experiences that Sam and Edd have been through.

Any plans to hit the road?
We’re going to be touring in support of “State of Mind” in August with our friends in Being Eugene and Forgotten Shores.
12th August – Leicester – The Shed
13th August – Chelmsford – The Asylum
14th August – Basingstoke – Sanctuary
15th August – Brighton – Green Door Store
16th August – Guildford – The Star
17th August – Bristol – The Hatchet Inn
18th August – London – Our Black Heart

What else is happening next in Greyhaven’s world?
We’re going to be playing a few festivals throughout the Summer, releasing the music video, filming some more music videos and generally getting our name out there as much as possible. We’re just trying to make ourselves as busy as we can be.

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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