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INTERVIEW: Heriot

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS!
Hello! Thank you for having us

How have you been?
Very good, very busy!

Can you talk to us more about your single “China Lake”?
Sure! China Lake is going to be the first offering from our new EP World Collapse. It showcases every element that this new EP has to offer. It’s very dark, heavy but very melodic and catchy at the same time. There’s a lot of strings and gang vocals on the choruses as well, we went all out with this one in the studio!

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Lyrically the song is about war. It’s about being sent to war without a choice and how it effects relationships and families, while the leaders sit on their high horses. It’s quite a dark song lyrically and in tone.

Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! We’re very DIY in everything we do and we just finished the editing process!  It’s going to be premiering online in a couple of weeks!

Why naming the record after this track in particular?
The record is named after the last track, World Collapse. We’ve been playing that song at the end of our set for about two years now and it always gets people going. It’s cool seeing people singing the words to a track that hasn’t even been released yet! I’m hoping that it’ll become our ‘staple song’, the song we’re known for. Time will tell!

How was the recording and writing process?
Some of these tracks date back to the start of the band, so three years ago! The title track is actually the second song we ever wrote. It went through a lot of changes and re-writes over the years, it’s very exciting to be finally releasing it!

The actual tracking of the record was very surreal. We were lucky enough to record at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales. There’s so much history there and some of our favourite records were made there so it was almost overwhelming to have the opportunity to record our record there.

We then went back for multiple sessions at our producers home studio for overdubs and vocals, which was a little more relaxed than the Monnow Valley sessions!

How would this album showcase a heavier side of the band?
All our material to this point has been pretty heavier but there’s definitely a darker atmosphere on this EP. This wasn’t intentional either it was very natural during the writing process. I think this record has its really heavy moments, but it’s almost our most melodic work to date!

What aspects of darkness did you get to explore with this record?
This record is our darkest material yet by far. Everything we’ve done up to this point has been more on the hardcore side of things. In comparison to our earlier stuff, this new record is a lot slower and we’ve incorporated a lot more Doom elements. I think up until now we’ve struggled to find ‘our sound’. The tracks on this new record are definitely what we do best.

Any plans to hit the road?
We’re always gigging but we’re looking at booking a run of dates for the EP’s release in October. Hopefully with the release of World Collapse we’ll be able to play up and down the country, maybe even venture to Europe. We’re very optimistic about the future!

What else is happening next in Heriot’s world?
We’re fortunate enough to be playing the New Blood stage at Bloodstock in two weeks time which is very exciting! Then we’ll be releasing China Lake as a single after that, followed by the full record a few weeks after that! We’re going to be very busy boys over the next few months!

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