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INTERVIEW: Sertraline

Sertraline

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

Hi guys! We’re grand, apart from Hendo who’s always got an ‘old man’ niggle of some sort… how are your knees mate? 😉 thanks for having us!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Change of Heart”?

It’s the first piece of ‘new’ material to be released from the refreshed 2016 line up, which is really exciting for us. The dynamic of the band has changed massively and ‘Change of Heart’ showcases how we’ve developed and grown.

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

Lizzie – yes, for sure. I taught myself how to ‘scream’ back in January/February, from a DVD that Hendo bought me. I was getting more and more confident with the technique and wanted a song to showcase both sides of my vocals. The general theme of ‘Change of Heart’ is based around anger and frustration from being let down. Having more vocal range to explore really brought this track alive! And it was just the start, most tracks on the new EP feature a mix of clean and scream vocals.

Wilson – I was messing around with major 6 and minor 9 chords and had this rhythm in my head. Tabbed it on tux, added some midi drums and it was pretty much the chords to the intro/chorus! Showed Mike and he was like… let’s use this! No event in particular spawned it but it was the first full song I wrote after joining the band last year.

How was the film experience?

Lizzie – It was so much fun! We had a limited amount of hours to film everything so I just had to throw myself into it and get the job done with as little takes as possible. But the best part was that I got to spend half the shoot in bed, living the dream.

Wilson – My favourite part of the filming experience was at the estuary. The location was amazing, the sun was out and there was the excitement about the release of our first single from the EP. Matt (Clearway Media) was really enthusiastic and great to work with too.

The single comes off your new EP Guilty – what’s the story behind the title?

It explores how different people react to feelings of guilt. We’ve all done things we regret, it’s totally human. The way we deal with our mistakes truly exposes us. Some people face the situation, apologise. Some people run away, and others ignore the emotion altogether. The EP does loosely follow a story, but it’s totally open to interpretation.

How was the recording and writing process?

Honestly, it’s up there as one of our favourite times as a band! The writing process was stressful at points; we had booked the recording studio well in advance but time was slowly slipping away. We had big writing sessions at our practice studio, then we would go home and pre-produce what we’d written.

The recording studio we use is heaven. It’s residential, so we packed our bags and headed out to the countryside for a week or so. It’s the best thing ever to wake up in the morning, hearing your music blasting from the engineering room downstairs. Chris, our engineer, was very patient and worked with us almost like a producer, which definitely helped to bring the best out of every song. We took it in turns to cook badass meals for each other and just generally had a great time!

What guilts did you get to explore on this record?

You can feel guilty about the smallest of things. You could put too much ketchup on a bacon sandwich and feel guilty about giving it to someone – and Lizzie gave her vegetarian best friend a ‘meat feast’ pizza once! Obviously within our 5 new tracks we are referring to bigger acts; betrayal, lies, manipulation, cheating. We just want people to reflect on how they feel before, during and after they make potentially regrettable decisions. It’s food for thought!

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve just announced a UK Tour for February/March 2017. We’re going to be visiting:

Fri 3rd Feb – FUEL, Cardiff
Sat 4th Feb – The Facebar, Reading
Thurs 9th Feb – Trillians, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Sat 11th Feb – Bannermans, Edinburgh
Fri 17th Feb – McLeans, Pentre
Sun 19th Feb – Slug Fest, Wharf Chambers, Leeds
Thurs 23rd Feb – Bootleggers, Kendal
Sat 25th Feb – Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham
Fri 3rd March – The Underground, Stoke-on-Trent
Sat 4th March – The Bronx, Carlisle

We’ll be promoting the new EP and will be joined by some amazing bands!

What else is happening next in SERTRALINE’s world?

We’re all crazy busy preparing for the new release; but it still leaves time for side projects!

Mike and Wilson are continuously working on a spanish guitar duo, the Jalapeño Hombres; and Lizzie will soon start rehearsing for a production of The Full Monty (musical) in Leeds.

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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