We’re very well, thank you, it’s a pleasure to chat with you guys!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Zurich”?
Zurich deals with the themes of anxiety and isolation, and the extreme lengths people will go to to overcome them. The verses of the song follow the main protagonist who is suffering from these emotions, finding themselves at their lowest point. In contrast, the synth driven, uplifting choruses of the song promote positivity, and the overwhelming message that no one need ever be truly alone. It is not our aim to bring people down, but rather offer them a shoulder to cry on and an arm to throw around them.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Anxiety and self-doubt are emotions that are all too common, particularly within musicians: although the lyrics are written from the outside looking in, we each see aspects of our own lives within the main character. The lyrics are a culmination of our own life experiences, decorated by story created in the lyrics.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We will be releasing a music video to accompany Zurich in the next couple of months, starring upcoming Scottish actress Chloe Edwards. The video is completely finished at this point in time and we are beyond de – lighted with the outcome, we can’t wait to get it out there!
How was the recording and writing process?
We are all involved in the writing process, which helps everything run much smoother. The music always comes first for us, and our singer writes the melody and lyrics afterwards. We’re meticulous in our song writing and spend weeks refining and developing each track until it is exactly what we want it to be. The production team we record with are brilliant, giving us loads of new ideas for each song and an extremely polished final product.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Having spent the best part of 2015 trapped in a rehearsal room together, we’ve actually managed to write more than an album’s worth of material, which is crazy. We definitely have plans to release an album at some point in the near future, but for now we’re focusing on developing and refining the song collection we have built. We have plenty of potential singles as well, so we’re aiming to release a few more before we start doing promo on the big debut album.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We are going to tease you all and say the only guarantee is that it will definitely happen! The album could be within the next twelve months…. maybe sooner.
Would all the songs deal with anxiety?
Anxiety is a key lyrical theme within a number of our songs, as it’s something the four of us have all experienced. We always try to look at this theme from a more positive perspective though: we love writing huge, punchy choruses designed to elevate people past the isolation these emotions can bring. Some of our other songs also act as social commentaries on the current state of the world we live in, and predictions on where we will all end up. It’s all a bit heavy duty but we hate writing about partying!
Any plans to hit the road?
We have a high-profile run of shows coming up in Edinburgh and Glasgow over the next couple of months, and after that we have plans to go on a Scottish tour before the new year. And who knows, if all goes well we’d loved to turn that into a UK tour!
What else is happening next in SHVLLOWS’ world?
For now, we’re focused on getting back to playing live shows over the next few months in support of the re – lease of Zurich, including huge shows with BBC Radio Scotland during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the single launch at The Mash House on October 15th. It’s been a really busy non-stop year for us so far and we wouldn’t have it any other way! It’s been a pleasure! – SHVLLOWS