Hey, thanks for having us! We have been, well, really busy!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Seven”?
Seven is basically about a friendship or relationship falling apart. It is filled with anger but also relief. We introduced a common nursery rhyme, which is eventually sung by children, which adds an eery, unnatural feel, seeing children being confronted by such a subject.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Certainly. We have been going through a phase of crazy changes. Personally, as well as a band, therefore it felt only natural to release a sinister, heavy song and put our feelings to paper.
The single comes off your new EP December – what’s the story behind the title?
Last December was a turning point in our career. We were left in the middle of recordings without a bassist and we decided to throw it all away and start from scratch. Therefore the title, the month, it just adds together. We are back, stronger, after what December 2015 has taught us.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was tough. We had deadlines that needed to be hit and obviously starting a full new EP from scratch put a lot of pressure on us. We managed to write everything in only 3 weeks. The recording process made it all worthwhile. Seeing how the songs formed on tape, listening back to them and processing what we have been through was an amazing feeling.
What was it like to work with Sam and Joe Graves and how did those relationships develop?
Oh, it was just great! The songs sounded amazing in the raw mixes after recording already, but when the Graves worked their magic, it all blended together into a modern heavy rock record. George Donoghue, our producer and touring bassist, also did a great job putting up with us, working, basically, day and night to finish the recordings on time. We have been blessed by an amazing team around us.
Just like in your previous record, you called two people to help you produce album – is it a coincidence or is there a reason for that?
That was totally unintentional. In fact we had three people working on it this time. George who produced it and Sam & Joe who mixed and mastered it. It worked out great with Ben and John before, and it worked yet again with George, Sam and Joe. Who knows, next time we might have 4?!
How much did they get to influence the EP?
For us the songs were like diamonds in the rough and Joe & Sam helped tidy them up and polish them to the finished product we have now.
What role did negativity play on this EP?
A lot! Overall it is a dark, sinister EP. The lyrics play with being lost, being alone, being emotionally sealed off by everyone else. It’s a trip from bad to worse. But the overall message is to stick through those times, as they do appear, but they also pass by!
What aspects of the month get to inspire the songs and lyrics?
Coldness, Snow, Wind, Family, Loneliness. But also obviously as mentioned above, the whole drama we have been through. This more than anything, really.
Any plans to hit the road?
We just finished a little Germany run with German punk-rock high-flyers the Rogers and added additional dates in Italy and Switzerland. We then had a little Northern UK run and will play Brighton and London on 21.06. & 22.06.16 to support the release of December.
What else is happening next in River Becomes Ocean’s world?
We can’t get into too much detail. But we certainly won’t be idle. We have big plans coming up, so we can only suggest to keep yourselves updated on our social medias and website!