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INTERVIEW: Mowbeck

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

Hello! Thanks for having us again. We’ve been busy as always and we’re really excited to get back playing some shows and putting some new music out there.

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

I always believe the strongest, most magic songs are usually written in a very short space of time. Previously, I’ve spent days, weeks and even months trying to perfect sections of a song and not being satisfied with the result. I always ended up thinking in my head “This isn’t what I want Mowbeck to be and sound like”, and have to hit the drawing board again. 

We wrote the chorus of The Basement, lyrics and everything in about 5 minutes and as soon as we took it to the practice studio there was just this really energetic, exciting vibe about the whole thing. I can’t explain how great the mutual feeling is from every musician when you know you’ve just created something that could potentially really make an impact.

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

I’ve been in quite a big transition period in general, in both my musical and personal life and I think The Basement was the song that glued them both together in my head. The song itself is about trying to get over a relationship (both in a romantic and platonic setting) and accepting that people change and not always for the better. I’ve reached a certain stage in my life where I’ve had to learn to let go of people that aren’t good for me and won’t make me happy in the long run.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’re working on it. It’s really important to us that people get a real insight into who we are and why we’re doing this so hopefully a visual accompaniment to The Basement will be out soon!

How was the recording and writing process?

We’re big fans of DIY when it comes to music so we produced The Basement in the same way we did our previous EP; in our home studio so we could really capture the feeling we felt when we first jammed it. It’s really important for us to always keep our feet on the ground when it comes to music and how we make it. The way I see it is that you can record a song on your phone and sometimes listen back and get a greater idea of the emotion behind a song than you can in you spend thousands in a top class study. It’s about what you’re playing and how you’re playing it.

What role does Nottingham plays in your music?

No matter where we live in the country or where we play, Nottingham always feels like home. It acts as a big inspiration for some of my lyrics as well – especially places such as our favourite venue, the Bodega and the Hockley area in general.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

We’ve actually been in the process of demoing loads of tracks recently and seeing which ones fit together lyrically and sonically but we’re very picky when it comes to the tracks we put out so I think it’ll be a while until we’re satisfied with releasing a full album of material. A band’s debut album is such a big thing, we don’t want to rush into it unless everything is in the right place for it.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Every day I see things or think of ideas for what I’d love to call future albums but I think it’ll have to be something that sums up the whole process from the very start of Mowbeck to the album’s release. We’re not in a rush to put a label on it quite yet.

What other aspects of addictions would you be exploring on this record?

There are so many sub conscious addictions going on in life that people don’t even think about. I know people that get a real high from caffeine, or people who get their fill from alcohol, and even people who just really really get a kick out of complaining. Every one is addicted or reliant on something which is what makes writing about people so interesting and something that never gets old.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re heading out on the road for a few dates with King No One in April and we’ve got some of our own headline shows planned in May including a free show at the Victoria in London (25th) which should be a really special one. Fingers crossed we’ll be jumping on a few festivals this summer too!

What else is happening next in Mowbeck’s world?

There’s a few changes happening behind the scenes and we’re making sure that the music we write is as honest as possible. We aren’t planning on stopping making music anytime soon so expect more and more material this year. As long as people listen to our music and feel something then we’re doing it right.

The band will be headlining a show in London on May 25th. Get your tickets here

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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