Phil: Hello! Thanks for having us. We’ve been well, thank you! Post-summer blues are in full force though!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Vaseline”?
Andy: Vaseline is a really special one for us. I was sitting on the chorus for it for months and couldn’t piece together a song but as soon as we started jamming it out in the studio it fit together really quickly. The video needed to reflect on the obsessive theme that we wrote it about and we’re really happy with the result.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Andy: There’s a certain madness that comes over you as a person once you fall for someone or something that the world decides you can’t have. It’s a real ‘heart on sleeve’ kinda tune and we really hope that people can relate to it in the way intended. I try not to give too much away in my lyrics and let listeners’ fit together the pieces themselves. I think the magic of lyricism is leaving certain aspects to the listener’s imagination.
How was the film experience?
Phil: We were really lucky to find a really passionate guy called George Maguire who fell in love with the song as much as we had. He had some great ideas about how we could emphasise the theme of obsession through twisted movements and expressive dance and generally dark shots. He surprised us by shooting loads of amazing footage and letting us piece it all together with him. He’s such a talented guy.
The single comes off your new album Talkabout – what’s the story behind the title?
Andy: “We’ve got something to talk about” is the opening line to the chorus of the first track on the album and I think it fits so well as the EP title because it’s a phrase that’s so common but also confrontational and people are scared to use it when they are in a troubling situation. The general theme of the lyrics on the EP are a wake up call to someone who doesn’t understand you or the situation that they’ve put you in.
Phil: It’s something we all relate to and are really proud of.
How was the recording and writing process?
Andy: In terms of writing, these songs have slowly formed into what they are now during the course of about 12 months. We’re big believers in letting things grow and we never want dot put anything out there that we weren’t 100% satisfied with.
Phil: We recorded and produced the EP in my house. I had such a clear idea of what I wanted it to sound like and by doing it ourselves we could spend as much time re-writing and re-recording it as we liked. Plus we’re all absolutely skint so couldn’t afford a big studio pay out haha!
What aspect of obsession did you get to explore throughout the record?
Andy: There are some tense points musically on the EP which go hand in hand with what I was going for lyrically. The third track “I (Don’t) Care” has a lyric “The worst is yet to come, my head is like a gun”. I never wanted to creep anyone out but I know everyone gets points in their life where you can get so indulged in an idea that never comes into fruition and it can make you feel like you’re going absolutely insane.
Any plans to hit the road?
Phil: Sure, we want to play everywhere. It’s very rare we’ll turn down any show and our live show is what we’re most proud of. Keep a look out for more live dates soon!
What else is happening next in Mowbeck’s world?
Andy: We’re in the process of writing new stuff and getting things tracked down in the studio. We’re really hoping to push the boundaries further on the next EP and make sure we push our music to as many new ears as possible. We hope you like it all so far!