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INTERVIEW: Reckless Intentions

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey guys – busy! Got a lot of things going on at the moment but yeah, it’s going really well so far.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stitches”?
It’s basically an introduction to our sound for everyone before we get closer to the EP really. It’s the first song we’ve properly put out as a band, and we thought Stitches would be a good way to open the books before the other tracks are released. It takes note from all of our influences, I think it’s got all the key ingredients of a Reckless Intentions song.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I don’t know if it was about a particular event, but it’s about this kind of pattern that evolved during a period of my life where I’d feel like I was just getting over this or that, and then someone would could along and undo everything again. It’s about the people who wouldn’t really care what happened to you when all is said and done, and finding out a person’s true colours.

Any plans to release a music video for the single?
Well this isn’t a proper single, so there’s only a lyric video out for it, but we’ve got a music video coming out for the official single towards the end of June. We recorded it last month with Nick Lee Shield, who’s a regular with Neck Deep, Moose Blood etc, so we’re really excited to get that out there for people to see!

The single comes off your new EP Lights – what’s the story behind the title?
Once all the songs were done and we were ready to record them, we realised that there was a bit of a running theme through all of them, which was this journey from a really shitty lost feeling through to finding your way back home again. It’s obviously only an EP, so it’s a bit too short to call it a real concept, but it just had this feeling of darkness and light kind of fighting each other.

How was the recording and writing process?
It was really strange to be honest. Our original guitarist, Jack, had a load of seizures right before a gig in January and just couldn’t carry on with the band, so we had to get Lewis in half-way through the writing period, which obviously throws things off a bit. But, all credit to him, Lewis came in giving it 100% and everything just sort of came together from then – we really discovered our sound after that, it definitely brought us closer together.

How has The Clash and Green Day influenced your music?
With both of those bands, simplicity is everything. There’s no bullshit that you have to wade through, no attempt to show off or be something you’re not – it’s just about being what you are, really. Musically, I just love the power behind everything they both do. Every detail in a Clash or Green Day track has a purpose and a thought process behind it, which is something we try to replicate when writing parts for our tracks.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
It’s all based on my own experiences – about where I grew up, the people I had the misfortune of knowing and then getting away from it in the end and everything turning out fine. It’s quite personal though, it’s not just re-used clichés about your old town!

Any plans to hit the road?
Yeah, we’ve got almost 30 shows booked in the UK this summer, including a small tour with Penelope Tree and As The Sun Sleeps, as well as our “Lights Out” tour in July with Witterquick. We’re playing with some amazing bands, and visiting pretty much every corner of the country, so we’re really excited to get out on the road! The best place to keep up to date with all of our shows would be at our website, http://recklessintentions.co.uk/.

What else is happening next in Reckless Intentions’ world?
Well we’ve obviously got a lot of material to get out to everyone, a whole load of shows to announce still, and we’ve already moved onto writing the next EP, which is sounding good so far! There’s also some talks to play some shows over the pond, but it’s early days so we’ll see how it all pans out! It’s gonna be an exciting few months, that’s for sure.

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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