Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello! Happy, cold and still buzzing from our gig last week at The Lexington.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Be Mine”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Be Mine is an exploration of objectification. It is told through a subverted narrative, deliberately challenging gender and heterosexual relationship norms. Be Mine points a finger to the dangerous acceptance and ignorance that people have in regards to dehumanising and objectifying women.
How was the film experience?
This was our biggest film project to date. We had zero budget but our minds were brimming with ideas. So of course, it was beautifully chaotic. Luckily we were acquainted with Marta Pequeño – our inspirational actress who brought our story to life. A mannequin was sourced from a local junk shop and shipped in dismembered pieces across London on the bus. We filmed it in a fetish dungeon that we’d heard about from a friend. On the shoot day it was 30 degrees outside, but we filmed in the dark continuously for 12 hours, with disinfectant fumes up our noses. It was fantastic.
The single comes off your new album Genuine Skin – what’s the story behind the title?
Genuine Skin is an angry, anxious and fleshy record, at the centre is vulnerable genuine human skin. Skin is our self esteem, prejudices and protects us from the outside world.
How was the recording and writing process?
It opened our eyes. We were let loose on a studio filled with gorgeous musical equipment and spent days playing around with old tape machines and geeky analogue synths. We recorded drums in the toilet and used our heads as percussion. Each song on the album has it’s own story with it’s own process – every detail was sculpted precisely
Do all your songs deal with sex and empowerment on this record and what aspect of these themes did you get to explore?
Genuine Skin is an anxiety record. My lyrics focus on women’s experiences in society, I try to explain and challenge. Yes sex and empowerment is a key theme, however also prominent are subjects of the female body, self love and hate, objectification, misogyny and the male gaze. The lyrics are sometimes confessional, a protest and an education.
Any plans to hit the road?
We love London but playing around the country and abroad has always been a true joy. 2017 is definitely going to involved some adventures. At the moment, we’re making friends with some promoters in Lithuania – we’d love to play there.
What else is happening next in Bat and Ball’s world?