INTERVIEW: One Man Boycott

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey thanks for having us! We’re great thanks, honestly, we’ve had a pretty crappy last six months as a band with forced time out and stuff but we’re back on the ride now and ready to go!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stockholm Swing”?
Well it’s kid of a twisted love song, it’s a love song written from the perspective of a psycho captor who’s wanting for and desperately trying to force Stockholm Syndrome to occur with the victim who she’s in love with.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not really an event or anything, I just wanted to write a love song but I also like to lyrically twist the perspective sometimes so yeah, I guess I went down that road with it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yeah! We’re really happy with the way it turned out! We managed to do the whole thing on a super tight budget, we got our talented friend Laurence Liddy to shoot and direct it in an old abandoned factory near home, it was super creepy in there when the sun went down! The video is coming out on the 21st April but your readers can see it early as it’s gonna be streamed on Punktastic from the 18th April.

How was the recording and writing process?
Stockholm Swing was the last track I wrote for the album so it’s kinda fitting that it’s the last single from it too. I remember I’d written the Chorus first and was sold on that, but the lyrics and melody to the verses weren’t sitting right with me so literally two days before going into the studio, I decided to scrap everything but the chorus and start again, that was a lot of stress but sometimes you get some really great ideas in those situations, I’m glad this was one of those times. I’m so proud of the way this turned out, for me it’s a definite highlight in my songwriting career.

How’s your new EP coming along?
Oh god, we’re so exited about this new EP, we’re gently exploring a few different things with it but you can trust us to smash out those bouncy, sing-along, typically ‘Boycott’ choruses. We’ve literally just got back from recording the lead single actually, back at Longwave Studio in beautiful Cardiff city with Romesh Dodangoda, we live streamed some of the guitar and vocal sessions so check them out on our facebook page. It’s sounding energetic and summery, it’s a very positive single in the light of all the negative stuff in the world at the moment, I wanted to write a positive track to sort of offset last year you know? It turned out to be very cathartic for me.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Well you’re not getting the release date haha so I’ll just say loosely ‘summer time’. You can have the title tho, we’re gonna call it: A Funny Way To Make Friends.

Any plans to hit the road?
Always, before recording the new single we did a UK run to get back on the horse after all the time out and to get those first shows with our new drummer under our belts. Things couldn’t have gone better really, it was just so fun to play live again we weren’t really worried about anything other than that and to still have people show up and sing with us was a very humbling experience. Now that we’re settling in and the releases are planned we’re going to be looking at getting out to play with other bands in the scene a bit more as well as returning to Europe – we just signed with a new EU booking agency so we’ll have to see what happens with that.

What else is happening next in One Man Boycott’s world?
Well other than the releases, shows and new music we’ve recently done a live Session for BBC introducing which will be up on youtube no doubt and available for stream and download from all the usual places from 1st April, so yeah check that out and keep your ears pealed for that new EP in ‘summer’.

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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