INTERVIEW: Morrissey and Marshall

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

We’ve been good. We’ve just played a sell out show in London for the launch of our album, ‘We Rise’ and I’m currently in Dublin getting ready for tonight’s show – we’re buzzing at the minute.

For those who aren’t familiar with you or your sound yet, how would you describe it?

I never really know how to answer this one – it’s harmony music mixed with rock and roll. We’re influenced by The Beatles, The Everly Brothers and The Kinks from the 60’s… mix that with some 90’s guitar music, add our own positive stamp on it and that’s what it is… buy the album 😉

Can you talk to us more about your latest album “We Rise”?

We Rise is our second studio album, recorded at New Air studios in London and mastered at the famous Abbey Road. I think it’s a step up for us both lyrically and sonically. We’ve had an incredible bunch of musicians play on this record and really feel that we’ve made a classic album.

How did the album name come about?

The title is a lyric in one of the songs on the album. ‘We Rise’ can mean anything you want it to mean really… To rise above any negativity in the world, or personally, for us to rise and grow as artists and as a band.

Did any event/s in particular inspire you to write the material?

Absolutely yes. The songs on this album were inspired by a number of different events, one being Stand Down, which is a rant about the people who run our beautiful world. The scare mongering, cheating, lying and the fact that these people will stop at nothing to get to where they want to be – all for personal gain.

How was the recording and writing process?

To be honest, the album took longer to record than we’d hoped because of touring and other things. We want to keep churning out records all the time but sometimes it just takes that bit longer. When we were in the studio it was great though. It’s always great working with John Reynolds (producer) and Greg and I have a great creative relationship.

What is your favourite song from the new album and why?

I really had to think about this one because I love different songs for different reasons but Hangin’ Around is my favourite song overall. I think it’s a perfect representation of the bands sound and our influences. It starts with an edgy guitar riff, has a very 90’s style bridge and ends in a 60s sounding harmonious chorus. It’s a 3 minute pop song and I love it.

How different is this new record from your previous material?

It’s heavier with a huge production. Lyrically it’s a little more hard hitting too.  We’ve put so much more work into the sound of this one than our last record.

You’re about to hit the road for some tour dates. What’s your favourite venue to play in?

The great thing about this whole tour is that we’ve only played one of the venues before (in Breda, NL) so it’s all new to us. My favourite venue we’ve played to date was the Barbican centre in London when we supported Sinead O’Connor, what a place.

Why should people pay attention to Morrissey and Marshall? What’s special about you?

I’m not going to tell people what to listen to or beg people to pay attention. We’re doing our own thing and powering ahead nicely. If people dig what we’re about and want to jump on board well then more the better.

What else is happening next in Morrissey and Marshall’s world?

We release the album in 14 countries and go on the road. It’s festival season too, so we’re looking forward to that. Next year, we hope to release in the US and tour over there. After that it’s more writing, more recording and more albums to come.

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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