Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
‘Ay up VENTS, thanks for the interview. We’ve been tired, hungry and poor – so we must be doing something right.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Waltzing In The Wind”?
There’s certainly a party concept behind the EP, which accounts for a large portion of the lyricism and tone. It was a bit of a disrupted time in our lives so Waltzing in the Wind might speak for the turbulence of trying to enjoy your mid-twenties, whilst everything around you tries to break your balls.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Smoking too much and living in a 4 person flat with 6 people. Plus we knocked about in Camden for 2 years barely scraping by. I think we all needed a song to rally through these happy years of poverty – it seemed to do the trick.
How was the film experience?
We had a lot of stock footage from gigs and when we recorded the EP. Plus filming Bidz (lead guitar) is pretty funny – he’s an odd man. If he built a house of sticks a butterfly could collapse it. He’s like Eeyore…with a beard.
The single comes off your new EP Ashtrays Like Anthems – what’s the story behind the title?
Again, We smoke too much – it’s a running theme worryingly. But, more to the point, the title is derived from lyrics in an unreleased track –
“The way which she bleeds old lungs and your heart, aren’t the ashtrays like anthems when you’re falling apart?”
Plus there are ashtrays all over our house. The house smells … of ash…trays…
How was the recording and writing process?
Fun. We had stubbies in Brighton Electric. We got to experience a more professional side of music for the first time and the guys there were really accommodating when we asked for live recordings. We wanted to reflect our sound and energy during gigs and playing all together in the studio helped us achieve that. Plus we got drunk on stubbies, did we mention the stubbies? Bidz cut himself off after 3 stubbies (2 stubbies too late).
What role does London play in your music?
“The city’s hard, the city’s fair.”
London has been good to us, but it’ll chew you up and spit you out. Swimming against the tide makes for honest music, that’s what we believe in and like to think that the songs on Ashtrays Like Anthems encompass that. Camden and its crooked beauty certainly has played its part, she’s a mucky home but home nonetheless.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
At the risk of sounding clichéd, all the songs are written from our experiences. The period in which we wrote Ashtrays Like Anthems was pretty chaotic, but at the same time some of the happiest years of our lives. At the risk of piling a cliché on top of a cliché, you can only write about what you know.
Any plans to hit the road?
We recently played a show in Manchester, which was great fun. You know you get change back from £10 if you order two pints in Manchester. The 7-hour return coach trip at 1:00am wasn’t what you’d call a highlight. But at least we had our pockets full of sweets. Sweets – We’re grown men.
Going forward, we’re from various regions of the UK, so playing our home-towns (Birmingham, Nottingham and Portsmouth) is something we’re looking into. We’re playing in Nottingham in October, which we’re quite excited for. We might rent a van this time.
Oh, and Brighton. They let us drink stubbies in Brighton.
What else is happening next in Albion’s world?
Our next gig is on the 16th September; it’s at Nambucca in Holloway and is sponsored by Jack Daniels – we’re finally getting a return on the money we’re invested in Tennessee bourbon over the years.
Other than that we’ve got enough material now to record our next EP, so the wheels are in motion for a new record as well.
Looking to the future, I guess we’ll just keep playing until all our equipment breaks, or we do. Or until we get signed, but I guess only 2 of those 3 possibilities are guaranteed.
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