Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks for having us! We’ve been busy. We’ve spent most of the year in the studio and practice space, so it’s good to finally get things out.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tribes”?
It was a bit of a throwaway track really, just something short and punchy which came together quite quickly. The more we played it live, the more it seemed to take on a life of its own. It’s a bit moody, a bit noisy. A good introduction to our sound, we feel.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
It’s mainly about small town mentality, a bit of an observation on the current social and political climate. There seems to be an increase in people voicing things which would usually be considered xenophobic, but getting away with it. It’s not specifically an attack on Brexit or Trump, it’s more about the issues which led us to those situations.
The single comes off your new EP Rattle – what’s the story behind the title?
We were in the studio recently. There’s this great Manchester band called MOVE – we’d recommend checking them out. We were with Lewis, who is in that band. They had boards up with words, they were song titles we think. We took it from there. It just seemed to fit. If you look up the definition, it’s “a rapid succession of short, sharp sounds.”
How was the recording and writing process?
Some of the songs were around for a long time. There’s nothing complicated to the way we do things, it’s pretty much just getting in a room and taking a garage band approach. Recording was great. We did it over a few weekends. It was quite a lot of work, but worth it. We’re really happy with it.
What was it like to work with Michael Whalley and how did that relationship develop?
He’s amazing, we can’t emphasise that enough. We’ve recorded with him before, so we knew he could do a good job. It just made sense to go back to him. He gets our music, he’s got a cool band himself (Grave Diggers Union) and then he goes off and does work with Echo & the Bunnymen and Johnny Marr. He’s so casual about it too.
How much did he get to influence the album?
I don’t think he tends to record much stuff he’s not into himself to begin with, that’s the impression we get from him at least. So he knows what to listen for – he’ll have an idea on how a certain drum part should go, or an alternative chord to consider. He doesn’t take over, but he contributes if he picks up on something.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’re hoping to head out in February, we’re just in the booking stage at the moment. We’ve got a few festivals in our sights too.
What else is happening next in GRAVVES’s world?
I think for now we’re going to just enjoy being a band for a bit. We’ve spent so much time getting things ready, recording, rehearsing, organising… we’re just itching to play now. We’ve just finished recording some more stuff though. So once the EP’s out, we’ll probably start planning ahead.