Wonderful cheers. Very busy, which is always a good thing.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Runaway”?
Yes, it’s an absolute banger! Other than that, it’s the lead track off our new E.P, which you can check out on iTunes, Spotify or wherever else music is available these days.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes and no. One occasion in particular stands out for me, but it’s really just observations of different people under the influence, and questioning the reasons why we do it to ourselves and what we’re trying to escape from.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We’ve just released one, filmed by the very talented Wes Rashid and his crew. You can find it on our Vevo , and it’s just been premiered by those lovely geezers at Clash Music.
The single comes off your new E.P. Stained Gold – what’s the story behind the title?
I think it really just describes how we view our sound on the record – bright, glistening production but on darker, brooding tracks.
How was the recording and writing process?
It’s difficult to really describe our writing process in a nutshell, as it tends to be quite organic, and no two songs ever develop the same way. Recording-wise, it was very enjoyable. We recorded at Konk Studios in London which was ace.
What was it like to work with Ed Buller and how did that relationship develop?
We definitely learned a lot working with Ed. His experience is second to none, having worked with some huge bands over the years. I think him having that experience was great for a band like us as it was our first time working with an external producer.
How much did he get to influence the album?
I’d say he helped us a lot in realising and establishing what was important on the tracks. Before, I think it was fair to say that we tended to cram too many ideas into one song, and he very much got us to go back to basics – start with just chords and melody – then build from there.
What role does the 80s, especially Depeche Mode, plays in your music?
I would be lying if I said we didn’t have an appreciation for eighties tunes, but I don’t think we were consciously trying to create something with an eighties vibe. Interesting that you mention Depeche Mode, as although I do like them, I wouldn’t necessarily say they were an influence.
Would all the songs deal with youth celebrations or what other themes would you be singing about on this record?
I think the themes on each track are pretty different to be honest. I don’t like to go too much into it really, as I prefer it to be ambiguous and for the listener to take from each track what they want, but I can confirm that all the themes on the record are true and personal to us.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’re gigging all the time, so always hitting the road really. Playing Koh Tao in Manchester on Friday 25th June, then off back down to London town on Friday 15th July to headline ‘The Remedy’, a night by John Kennedy (Radio X) at Tooting Tram and Social, which we’re really looking forward to. Following that, we’re looking at touring in August.
What else is happening next in AFFAIRS’ world?
We’re currently recording a new single and looking at playing a few festivals over the summer, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.