Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stay To Say”?
Stay To Say was the first track to be aired from the new Outsiders EP, its track 2. It comes out on December 9th. The A side is Outsiders. The key theme of the EP and the 4 songs on it is about outsiders, rebels, free thinkers. People who come together because they are different to the dull, dictated to mainstream and they want to offer something different or live freer lives. Perhaps in part there is a romance to it as well, wanting to escape together, run away. We live in strange times more than ever and people need to feel they can express themselves and feel comfortable in doing so however different they look or feel. I grew up in the countryside which was both boring and full of very narrow minded people and couldn’t wait to get to the city to find more open minded people. Make of it what you will, just like a painter doesn’t give a speech about her or his painting, she or he would just let people look at it. So perhaps I should just let people listen.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
My whole life to date inspires my songs, so does the life of my friends and things I observe. Having to balance my music with working outside of music to make a living inspired some of the theme of this EP too.
How was the film experience?
I don’t understand the question. But this did remind me last night I watched Hypernormalisation by Adam Curtis on iPlayer last night, it will be one of the most important documentaries you will watch this year. Plus I might watch Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo tonight.
The single comes off your new album Outsiders – why taking so long on releasing this material?
Outsiders is a 4 track EP. There will be follow up’s leading to an album in 2017. I was writing a lot of music. Some fit what Architects Of Grace is and some didn’t. Once I had a good amount of stronger songs I decided it was time to start releasing music again as Architects Of Grace. The writing, recording and releasing process is longer than people imagine.
Would you call this a departure from your previous material?
I consider it the next chapter, there is a departure to some degree. I didn’t want to be engrossed in introspection. The new material and themes look forward with I hope more positivity.
What’s the story behind the title?
Comes from the Outsiders track, as the lead track.
How was the recording and writing process?
I demoed Outsiders I few times. I really enjoy the last demo I did it, it captured the essence, but unfortunately it didn’t have live drums just programmed and it needed someone to play the parts. Then I got all the parts recorded again after I friend of mine, Pelle, put down some drum parts. Some songs are created quickly, then there are other that are built over years and then everything is recorded in full again. I always prefer capturing a great moment in a recording session as it happens, sometimes unplanned too, rather than working like a scientist and playing every part like a robot. There have been many valid critics of mainstream music turning into the product of a fucking algorithm or a completely re-edited part rather than what someone actually played. I do enjoy the creating, writing and recording part the most though.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
For this EP, the theme of ‘outsiders’, in simple terms people that don’t watch x factor and read books.
Any plans to hit the road?
Would love to play shows again. Maybe next year.
What else is happening next in Architects of Grace’s world?
I’m working on the next single, it’s called Change and it’s even better than anything on the Outsiders EP. That’s the best way to carry on really, always give people the best you can.