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INTERVIEW: Scandi Pop Band I See Rivers

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

Hello! We’re good thank you! We’ve had a lovely week. We filmed a live session, rehearsed some new songs, made some tour plans for the spring and then we also went to a really good concert at HUS in Liverpool.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single DA RAM. Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

‘DA RAM’ is one of the first songs we ever wrote together. We were obviously very excited about getting together as a group and the song naturally developed into being an up-tempo and fun song! Even though the lyrics of the song is about a relationship that’s slowly falling apart, it also has a different meaning to us. For us, the song is about letting go of the mundane and undemanding in search for something more fulfilling. We take our work very seriously, but we’ve come to understand that, sometimes, things are just the way they are – and the power of a silly dance can cure almost everything!

How was the film experience?

Filming the music video for DA RAM was so much fun. We went to the farm in Wales where the EP is recorded to shoot it. We’ve completely fallen in love with the place and we go there as often as we can.

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

Standing Barefoot is taken from the lyrics in the first song on the EP “Barefoot” and it represents the feeling of starting something new.

How was the recording and writing process?

From our oldest song ”Evening Light” to the song ”Slow Down” which was written on the day of recording, each track of the EP represent different eras of our time in England. The EP was recorded in Studiowz in Pembrokeshire (Wales) with engineer Owain Jenkins and co-producer Toby Couling, and it was such a beautiful experience to do all the recordings surrounded by nature and good friends. The EP is written, arranged and produced by us.

Does music acts like Fleet Foxes and Feist influenced the writing on this record?

Yes, definitely! Fleet Foxes and Feist are two of the bands that all three of us love.

What role does Norway plays in your music?

The place where we grew up has formed us a lot as people and we believe that shows in our music both musically and lyrically. A lot of our songs is either written in Norway or is about being away from home.

Would the rest of the music on this album be as colorful as your recent single?

DA RAM is definitely the most sparkly track, but we believe that the EP offers a bit of every colour. “Ocean” has a darker shade while you can find the three other songs somewhere in between the two.

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

From leaving our home in Norway to finding each other in Liverpool, the five songs on the EP are all inspired by different areas of our time together the last three years.

Any plans to hit the road?

YES! We’re dying to travel, play music and meet new people and we’re planning a tour in May. So keep an eye out, we might release some dates very soon!

What else is happening next in I See Rivers’s world?

Well, summer is close and we have some exciting festivals booked in, but we can’t tell you where just yet! We also have some surprises coming up around the EP release. What we can reveal though is that our EP launch will be in LONDON 20th of April in St Luke’s Chapel in Kentish Town, come and dance with us!

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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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