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INTERVIEW: Stillhound

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Very well, we are all currently enjoying/ surviving the fringe festival in Edinburgh

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Spring Conscious”?

We wrote this track quite a long time ago and have been playing it live in many different forms but when we were finishing the writing process for the album we restructured it and came up with the final chorus at the end which finished it off.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Not really, but I do remember it being the first song that we properly recorded live drums which is pretty imperative to the track, so it was a bit of a turning point in that way.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not for this one, we have done music videos for our singles that we released before announcing the album and we have one for our next single ‘Time Enough For Love’ but for this one as ‘Spring’ is the first one after the record being announced we wanted it just to speak for itself with no visuals.

The single comes off your new album Bury Everything – what’s the story behind the title and why naming the album after this track in particular?

The Track ‘Bury Everything’ rounds off the album sonically pretty well. The second half of the record is definitely a lot darker than the first and as a song it gives the last release that the record has been building up to. The name was also thrown around a lot when we were recording different tracks and as an album title it just kind of felt natural to call it that.

How was the recording and writing process?

Long. It didn’t happen all at once in a set place or time but was more drawn out over many trips, usually up north. We probably wrote about 30 songs in total over those trips but these were the ones that we felt rounded up what we were trying to accomplish. The recording process happened while we were writing as well which means that some vocal and guitar takes were done about 4 years ago and never re-recorded. We were quite worried about this but in hindsight I think it adds an innocence to the record that we couldn’t recreate now which can only be a good thing.

What was it like to work with Gareth Jones and how did that relationship develop?

That was a really good experience, we sent the record to a few producers and mixers but Gareth was the one who just got it. He came up to Edinburgh to listen to it in our makeshift recording studio in Dave’s bedroom and sat on the floor listening to the tracks and writing notes. It was quite nerve racking to have such a legend amongst us just listening to our music but his positivity was brilliant and it was the first time I think we realised that what we were doing was special. We then went to his studio at Strongroom in Shoreditch and mixed ‘Mountain Rescue’ and then came back and mixed the rest of the album in a week.

How much did he get to influence the album?

It kind of varies track to track. As we produced the album ourselves we were quite protective over it and having someone like Gareth giving in an opinion was definitely a good learning curve for us. He added the bits of detail that we would have never thought of ourselves.

What are those things you are seeking to bury with this album?

Everything! No, we are obviously immensely proud of the album but I think we are all ready to move onto the next stage. When we started this we were 19 fresh out of school and didn’t really think much about the harder aspects of being in a band whereas now we are approaching our mid twenties and have learnt a lot about what we want out of this project.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have a small tour in Scotland at the end of September and then we have a London show planned in October details of which can be found at our website: www.stillhound.co.uk. We should hopefully have more being announced soon as well.

What else is happening next in Stillhound’s world?

Hopefully more touring and potentially an E.P early next year.  We are very excited about releasing music much more frequently from now on!

About RJ Frometa

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