INTERVIEW: Puppet Kings

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

Good thanks mate, we have been busy making a music video for a single we will release in September called Otherside.

Its going to be one of the 4 tracks on our EP “Very Cool and Groovy”. It basically involved us running around the woods in suites being chased by a steady cam.

It was a lot of fun to make but we are nursing a few injuries now. Neil got clothes lined by a tree branch in a pretty spectacular fashion. It looked awesome but it was painful. His stunt man career is on hold for now.  Apart from that since we recorded the EP before Christmas, we have been taking a little time off the band.

Neil has just had a baby so has been super busy on that front. Harry has been working with organizations like the CLIC Sergant cancer charity and writing lots of speeches to help raise awareness and to raise money to fight cancer. And I went on a road trip around Europe. Thought I would enjoy it before we get kicked out!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Rich N’ White”?

Yes the song is political and tackles issues of white privilege, the refugee crisis in Syria,  the legacy left over by western Colonialism across the World and takes a swipe at Donald Trump’s brand of divisive politics. Basically, I think there is quite a direct link between how countries like Britain or America have gone out and Colonised the World for its resources and cheap labour, destabilised regions like the middle east with disastrous wars and then acted like it’s got nothing to do with them when people start fleeing the very countries they played a part in destabilising.

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

Yes the Syrian refugee crisis in particular, and the underwhelming response from the West to one of the great Humanitarian crisis’ of our time.

How was the film experience?

Rich N’ White is a lyric video we made by trawling YouTube and putting everything together in imovie which was pretty painstaking! But with regards to the recent filming for Other side, we really enjoyed it. We also lugged all our equipment up to this Stone Circle on the side of a hill. We were rocking out in a druid circle and hopefully it will look cool when its edited!

The single comes off your new EP Very Cool & Groovy – what’s the story behind the title?

The idea actually came from a Scandinavian band we have played with in London called Hollow Illusion. They are really nice guys and quite funny. They came up to us after we had played our set and were very enthusiastic. They described our sound as “very cool and groovy” so we went ahead and named the EP the same.

How was the recording and writing process?

The Songs were all written last year, long before we got in the studio to record them. We rehearsed them a lot and got the arrangements down pretty tight.

So the recording process was pretty straightforward. We recorded at Spiral Studios in Guildford and it was good fun. We were pushed pretty hard to get strong takes and I was pushed hard on my voice which I enjoyed the challenge of.

What aspect of our society did you get to explore on this record?

Apart from one Political song the other songs are about life in the South East of England, about Brighton where I used to live, London where I live now, friends, fun and getting wasted.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes we will be on the road From August onwards, playing mostly in Londonand the South East but if  anyone hears our stuff and likes it then please get in touch!

What else is happening next in Puppet Kings’ world?

More gigs, more videos, our EP launch in September and more songs being written.

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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