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INTERVIEW: DIRT-POP TRIO CRITICS

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

Very good thanks! We’ve been locked in a rehearsal rooms for the past few days getting ready for tour.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All I Wanna Know”? 

All I Wanna Know is about the aftermath of a paranoid and schizophrenic-like breakdown, and how so many people cannot deal with this kind of explosion, and thus leave you in your greatest time of need. The people who are supposed to be there for you the most become weak and break away, and the cynicism of that kind of situation begins to eat away at you and encourages bitterness. All I Wanna Know details the want for revenge in the best way – success. It challenges those who doubted you face on.

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

The song is a culmination of experiences deriving from relationship breakdowns – in a sense it is very general but it’s simultaneously tailored to each relationship we’ve loved and lost, whether it be platonic or otherwise.

How was the film experience?

We worked with an upcoming director called Mathew Daley who was great to work with though London traffic meant we were all a few hours late for the shoot! Which was a bit stressful but was a lot of fun once we started.

The single comes off your new album Split Milk – what’s the story behind the title?

The title comes from the concept that things don’t always go to plan – but despite this you need to adapt and deal with negative situations in an attempt to turn them into a positive.

How was the recording and writing process?

It’s a strange one because before we official launched the band we spent about a year in the studio honing our sound. So these tracks are the product of years of sonic experimentation.

Did The 1975 and Twenty One Pilots play any role on the writing of this record?

We take influence and inspiration from all areas of music, both past and present. Therefore we take elements of different genres that we love and listen to, and endeavor to entwine them in an innovative fashion.  So in a sense all musicians we listen to have an effect on the material we produce.

What aspect of bad relationships are you exploring on this material? Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We take inspiration from personal experience as we believe that the most honest and raw material comes from issues close to home. Therefore all of the lyrics are incredibly in touch with our own lives, situations and circumstances. The songs on this record explore the highs and lows of love, bitterness, regret, passion and solitude.

Any plans to hit the road?

We hit the road with Vukovi from the 10th of March. We’re playing Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, London, Nottingham and Bristol.

What else is happening next in CRITICS’ world?

We plan to tour a lot this year and also play a few of the festivals. We’ll be recording more material come Spring and can’t wait to release our next couple of singles throughout the year.

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MARCH TOUR DATES – SUPPORTING VUKOVI

Fri 10th                          GLASGOW – King Tuts
Sat 11th                         LEEDS – Key Club
Mon 13th                       MANCHESTER – Sound Control
Wed 15th                       BRISTOL – The Louisiana
Thurs 16th                     LONDON – Boston Music Rooms
Sat 18th                         NOTTINGHAM – Rock City Basement

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