INTERVIEW: Air Drawn Dagger

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

Good thanks, a tad sleep deprived from nonstop gigs and you writing sessions, but we power through on a steady diet of caffeine and self-deprecation.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Banshee”?

The Banshee is the final single taken from out EP Ours for the taking… Theirs for the Breaking. It embodies the temptation that any alternative is better than your reality. The idea that all missed opportunities or “what ifs…” haunt you, like a Banshee that keep howling at you to jump of the edge; stalking you with the choices to see if the grass is really greener. Lyrically it plays with the idea of opting out of the mundane whilst referencing mental health and self-destruction.

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

More of a shared experience than one specific event. As a young band trying to tour as much as possible, you are surround by people becoming devoured by a mundane life they don’t want. Experiencing that makes us obsess over the choices that you make, as you desperately try to stave off that notion of “settling down” and giving up on the things you want from life.

Now imagen a screaming ghost woman encompassing that, chasing you round and you have our new single in a nutshell….

How was the film experience?

It was a hefty day, but a lot of fun. We worked with Cuckoo Films in Sheffield for this series of videos as we wanted the whole EP to be converted into a short film. All 3 videos have a running narrative throughout and for this one we wanted a “hostage transmission” element to it. We booked the smallest space we could find, covered ourselves in UV paint and played the songs until we blacked out (literally Maisie fainted!) The video shows religions ceremonies, political speeches, and global unrest to convey this Orwellian/post-apocalyptic setting.

The single comes off your new album Ours For The Taking… Theirs For The Breaking – what’s the story behind the title?

“Ours For the Taking … Theirs for the Breaking” follows a concept narrative, as a gang of young protagonists try to escape a dystopian town. They are trying to escape these metaphorical hounds/beast/creatures and are stalked by a premonition/mystical character called The Banshee. The topics dealt with on the EP range from mental health, loss and the notion of escaping, just to name just a few.

The first title track on the EP “Ours for the Taking…” really embodies the idea of rising up and overcoming whatever apprises you. Whereas, “… Theirs for the Breaking” is the reverse of that, a song for the perspective of the voices in your head. Then you have “The Banshee” that brings these themes together with a haunting sense of doubt to everything.

Would you call this a concept record?

Loosely it is, there is a story and certain themes that that runs through these songs but this isn’t quite a rock opera or anything. When writing we love using metaphors and theatrical elements because that what we grew up on. We love bands like My Chemical Romance, The Misfits and The Smiths as well as Bowie and Iron Maiden who all include lots of cinematic elements to their work. Plus, were all really into films, novels and cartoons so we can’t resist adding more to the music.

How was the recording and writing process?

The EP was recorded in spring last year, while we lived a hostel in London Bridge with a horde of German school children. We recorded at the Animal Farm Studio’s and had a great time in bringing these songs to life. They were the latest batch of songs we finished and really felt like they were a step up from our first EP.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Day to day life, random phrases you hear in conversation, obviously personal experiences but everyone in the band is quiet apathetic, so it’s easy to write with a general theme or feeling and take it from there. Lyrically, whether it is me or Maisie writing words, we are able to complement each other and always take a different approach to the song then the other. Sonically, all of us have such different influences it makes for really fun writing sessions.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yep, were currently touring round the UK and our remaining dates are March 25th in Soho, London and 1st April Birmingham and Leeds May 6th. You can keep updated on  for all tour announcements as we will be on the road all year.

What else is happening next in Air Drawn Dagger’s world?

More live shows, hitting some festivals and we will also be heading back in the studio this spring and releasing something big later in the year…

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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