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INTERVIEW: The Gallerys

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

Hi guys thanks for having us, we’ve been great. We’ve kept really busy the last couple of months gigging round Kent, London and surrounding areas. We’ve had some great opportunities like supporting Mark Morriss (Bluetones frontman) and The Sherlocks on the last night of their tour. We play nearly twice a week. Just last week we did a show for a film premier called “Being” in The Dingwalls in Camden to a full house, and this week we’re playing main stage at a tattoo festival in Kent. We’re always playing, always getting tighter as a band and always enjoying ourselves.

Q. Can you talk to us more about your latest song “Imperfect Perception”?

The songs taken from our new EP “Paisley”, and is the most upbeat punchy track out of the three songs. The songs features powerful guitar chord rhythms with a gliding bass line, held together by tight and controlled drums. As with most of our tracks, all band members sing on the song at some point. The song captivates our strength as a band; we all have a few key moments in the track. Whether that’s unique drum fills, bass guitar solos or powerful vocals, the song shows we’re strong as a unit and that it’s a team effort for us.

Q. Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The song was written about how people can become distracted so easily in our modern world. The tracks descending guitar progression at the start sums up the chaos in the song. I think we can all relate to “Imperfect Perception”. In our busy lives it’s easy to get distracted with anything. Whether that’s phones, TVs, school, work, making us neglect important stuff like girlfriends or family.

Q. Any plans to release a video for the single?

It’s something we’ve considered. We made a music video for one of our other tunes “You Can’t Look Through Me” with the help of a friend and that received massive attention from our fans and was received positively. I think we’ll get round to making one eventually; we want to make sure the videos right and we get across the songs message properly.

Q. The single comes off your new EP Paisley – Why naming the EP after this particular track?

We felt “Paisley” sounded the coolest. When you tell someone the new EPs called Paisley they automatically think of a Paisley pattern.

Q. What’s the story behind the title?

Of course the songs about a girl called Paisley, but there’s also the Paisley pattern. A paisley pattern has floral, persian art and psychedelic connotations, making it a pretty interesting piece of art to look at. We couldn’t resist making use of Paisley as the title track, which is complimented by the great artwork done by our friend Kookie on the EP cover.

Q. How was the recording and writing process?

Craig and James wrote the music for the Paisley EP. James wrote “Paisley” , Craig wrote “You Don’t Really Love Her” and they wrote “Imperfect Perception” as a pair. Our sound though doesn’t come from just the writing; the Gallerys sound comes when the band get together and work on a track. When we bring a new song to the rehearsal room everyone chips in with suggestions of how to make the song better, or what phrasing to have in a particular section and so on. The best bit about the Paisley EP was bringing the songs to the rehearsal room and developing them as a band.

We recorded the tracks in Brighton electric. We’d never been to the studio before which is a converted tram station, and the atmosphere and vibes were really cool. We mixed the EP in The Granary Studio in Tunbridge Wells with our mate Guy who we work with to get the fine details just right.

Q. What role does Kent play in your music?

Craig and Dan are from Maidstone whereas James is from Tunbridge Wells, two different areas of Kent. I suppose Kents played an important role in our music the same way any musician’s home plays an important role. Life experiences like going to school, having girlfriends, having a laugh with your mates, worrying events in the news, all impact our music.  If you’ve got good inspiration going on in your hometown, you may as well use it to your advantage.

Q. Where did you find inspiration for your songs and lyrics?

Our songs are all influenced by our experiences and life events. “You Can’t Look Through Me” is a song telling people to stop ordering you around, ignoring you, and generally disagreeing with you all the time.  I think the lyrics “you’re telling me and I don’t care” sums up the attitude of the track. We’ve all been “looked through” at some point in our lives at school, in a job, with mates or  with family.

“Paisley” is about being overwhelmed with a good feeling from a relationship and enjoying the moment a lot. We want people to enjoy our music, and relate to the lyrics in the tunes.

Q. Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve been gigging twice a week for the past two months and have covered a large area of Kent and London in that time. In April we’re playing at the Skamouth music festival in Great Yarmouth, then we’re heading to the o2 Academy Islington the day after for another show.

We’ve got plans in May to travel to the o2 Academy Leicester to support “From the jam”, Roddy Radiation (The Specials) in The Dublin Castle and play on BBC Radio Kent. We’ve been invited to headline a venue in Sheffield in June which we can’t wait for. We have a lot of fans up North who want to come to a show, so it’ll be cool finally getting up there. We’re supporting Madness in August this year at Kent County Showground in Detling which is gonna be our biggest show to date, it’s gonna be crazy!

Q. What else is happening next in The Gallerys World?

We have a good amount of shows lined up this year, so we’re gonna keep gigging. We may do some more recording this year but really our main focus in the studio at the moment is learning new tunes. We’ve got two new tunes on the go and these are sounding great already.

We’re involved in a charity project called “Specialised” where we’ve been allocated a song by The Jam to learn and record in our own style. The tunes are then put on a compilation album and sold to raise funds for an array of charities helping young people.  We’re massive fans of The Jam so it’s gonna be good to put our own twist on a tune.

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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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