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INTERVIEW: JR Green

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

Hello VENTS, thanks for having us. We have been very well thank you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Technicolour Native”?

Technicolour Native is a song that has been on the backburner for a good while now. It’s a song we are quite proud of, and it’s been about releasing it at the right time and under the right circumstances.

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

It was more a culmination of events and emotions that were present in our lives at the time. I (Rory) was 18 when the song was written, and I had always relied on raucous or angry songs to lift my spirits or buoy me. The way I felt at the point of writing the song, I think I needed something a bit more tender, more of a supportive hand on my shoulder than a slap on the back. We couldn’t find much music to could fill this role, so we wrote ‘Technicolour Native’.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We have been working on a video of sorts for the single. A lot of videos pass through too many hands before the finished product is available, and in this process a lot of the original idea and sentiment gets diluted. In keeping with the simplicity of the song, we’ve taken precautions to make sure this can’t happen, and kept the video quite basic, but have hopefully made something quite beautiful also.

The single comes off your new EP Flora – what’s the story behind the title?

JR. The title Flora is a reference to a few things. Firstly, to something that is beautiful and indigenous, that grows naturally from its native soil. There is also a book entitled Flora Celtica, that our mother has always kept a copy of. The title and its purpose has always interested us. Lastly, Flora MacDonald was a Jacobite heroine, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie flee the Hanoverians by disguising him as a woman.

How was the recording and writing process?

Neither took long or were in any way an effort. The concept has always been very strong, so from writing to recording there has always been a conviction our actions.

Would you call this a departure or a follow up to your previous record?

We like to think that it’s a step in right direction, lyrically and thematically it is both concise and artistic. With every song and idea, we try not to worry about keeping to a formula, or straying from any initial ‘plan’. It’s good to demonstrate versatility, and to let the quality of the songs be the most important thing.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

JR. Musically, we each have a million different reference points. Lyrically you try to express what you feel you must in the most effective way possible, to do this you either consciously or subconsciously draw upon influences. Which for us can be anything from books, television, interviews, poems, other songwriters. I don’t think we have ever actively set out to ape somebody else and pulled it off, or even made it past the initial idea. But witnessing creativity and creative quality excites us, and this inspires us to work harder in our own field.

Any plans to hit the road?

At the moment we’re not sure, the focus is very much on writing and recording. When this is done then we will no doubt start performing what we’ve been working on.

What else is happening next in JR Green’s world?

Aside from recording we are just finishing off the festival season and running a monthly residency, ‘Colour Television’, in Glasgow. The night involves all sorts, not just music and will hopefully prove to be a hit.

Listen ‘Technicolour Native’ HERE

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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