INTERVIEW: Hana Piranha

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Slave”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

My songwriting process is always driven by particular things that I want to express and I had been drafting some ideas for Slave out over the period of a few months. The song was initially supposed to be about this sense of powerlessness that I was feeling from being in love. But then Jim and I wrote the whole song in a few hours during a late night alcohol influenced writing session, and inevitably it evolved into something fun and a bit obnoxious.

How was the film experience?

I was browsing the Internet for some kind of warehouse space to film when I came across a pretty cheap sex dungeon in Birmingham so we thought “when in Rome”… It was all pretty weird because we brought my brother along and I think he’s scarred from the experience. Then we went to do the performance day’s shooting and managed to set off the fire alarm. There’s never a dull moment in this band.

How was the recording and writing process?

This song was written in one hit and we didn’t have to change much about it but the process of recording the whole album has been really slow which has been nice as it’s all really had a chance to settle. When I did the vocals for Slave I was a bit ill and our producer Forbes was videoing the whole thing so he managed to get some pretty amusing coughs which have been replayed again… and again…

What role does New Zealand play in your writing?

Whenever I’m back in NZ I experience all this time and space which is a real contrast to my life in London. Last time I was there I did a lot of filming – for me, visual concepts are an important element of songs, and NZ is definitely a good place for visual inspiration.

How’s your new album coming along?

We’ve been working on our album for about two and a half years now so I’m almost sick of hearing the songs, although we’ve only just started performing them live, so that has really brought them to life again for us. I’m already looking forward to album #4 though.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The album is called Waiting To Burn and we will be releasing it this November.

What dark corners would you be exploring on this material?

The whole album is quite witch- themed, I suppose, there’s even a song about a witch! The title track itself is actually about depression and not being able to escape the dark depths of your own mind, and a lot of it is about being a fool for love. Being a slave to desire has been a recurring theme of mine in the past, but I think the difference with these songs is the real expression of loss and despair. There are some fun tracks, like Slave, but they’re still really just swept along on this out of control hurricane that is Waiting To Burn

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ll be doing a UK-wide tour beginning in just a few weeks to support our new single “Slave”. After that I’ll be on tour in America with my other band Birdeatsbaby, and by the time I get back, it will be time to start playing more shows to promote the album itself.

What else is happening next in Hana Piranha’s world?

We pre-release everything to our supporters on Patreon, so this month we’re sharing another track from the album called “Vanitas” accompanied by a suitably gothic video. Other than that, we’re mostly working on album #4 and gatecrashing open mics.

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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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