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INTERVIEW: Liberty Lies

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

Hey! Thanks for having us. We have been great. We’re in the build up to what is a really busy end to the year, so we’re loving it so far. We always want to be busy, it keeps us working hard!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Are You Listening”?

Yeah, it has been going down really well. Everybody we have spoken to seems to be digging it. You can definitely hear a progression in our sound. Some people still see us as a classic rock band, from back in 2009 when we were just kids. But we are definitely a fully-fledged alt-rock band now. A lot of people have been saying this latest track is a bit metal, which we are cool with. We just want everybody to be listening to it.

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

Not one event in particular, more a course of events. Most of us have been in bands since we were 16 and we’re all aged around 25 now. As a band, we have seen and done a lot and you definitely get worn down by the music industry. When we released our debut album, Reflections, we were told it didn’t have enough singles. So for our last ep, Fracture, we wrote ‘singles’ and we still couldn’t get any radio play. So this song is a tongue in cheek, “well, you aren’t going to play this anyway…” It would be really ironic if it was the song that broke us.

Any plans to release a video for the songs and lyrics?

We released a lyric video with some studio footage on the day we dropped the track. It’s not ideal, but if we’re being fully honest, we have just run out of money. Things are so expensive in the music industry and we’ve had to fund the recording of the single as well as this big tour we’re embarking on in November. We had to prioritise things, and whilst we’d love nothing more than to release a video, it has fallen down the pecking order. We’d had a treatment written for a video and spoke to production companies, but we don’t want to release anything unless it’s top quality. The music and the live shows will always be our top priorities, they should be for any band.

How was the recording and writing process?

Without going into details, the initial recording process was really frustrating. We tried something new and got really let down, which set us back a few months, so we went to Cardiff and did it how we always have done. The writing process of late has been going really well. We’ve been churning out some great songs, ready for our next release. We have high standards with ourselves, if we can’t write something better than what we’ve already released; we won’t keep it for long.

What was it like to work with Romesh Dodangoda and how did that relationship develop?

He’s awesome man. This was our third time going back to Romesh and probably our most comfortable. It can be quite an awkward experience in a studio with someone you don’t know. You all have different opinions, and it can be hard to voice them. Romesh has got his trade down and just works wonders with us. We are really pleased with the result, as always.

How much did he get to influence the album?

With the new single, we took the song too him pretty much done. It’s more so the individual parts that he helps us on. He has got a brilliant ear and can just tell when something doesn’t work. He knows where we are trying to be, and sometimes he has to reign us in when we’re playing too much on the track and make sure it is suitable for our audience. We self-produce a lot and make sure we know the song inside out before we even get to recording it. We’ve learnt to cut out a lot of the rubbish that doesn’t NEED to be in a song.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

It does. It’s coming along great. We had a tough summer of writing, as we had a few sparse gigs that interrupted the process, but we’ve brought all of the best parts together. We’ll be releasing another EP next, we think. The new tracks delve into some places we haven’t been before, so we are excited to see where the recording process takes those. It’ll definitely be a progression from Fracture and our previous releases.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not yet. We’ll hopefully be looking to record spring next year after another tour, so potentially an autumn release. But who knows!? In the unsigned industry, everything can change depending on what opportunities arise. Hopefully we’ll get some interesting emails before then that could change it all!

How has the road been treating you so far?

We are yet to hit the road. We head off with SOiL, Saliva and Sons of Texas in the first week of November for 16 dates across the UK. We cannot wait. The set is already written, and being rehearsed every few days, our new merchandise is currently being pressed and printed, so it is all go! This is what being in a band is all about, for us. We are also the only British band on the bill, so will be flying the flag!

Any highlights?

We’ll let you know, as soon as they happen 😉

What else is happening next in Liberty Lies’ world?

We’ve got the big November date to prepare for first, then we’ll take a few weeks off for Christmas before we start demo-ing for the new release. We’re hearing we are going to be back out on tour in February/March time so that is our short term plan. We are really excited about our new material, we just need to make sure it has an audience to hear it upon release.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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