INTERVIEW: The Hummingbirds
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Everythings spot on thanks!
Can you talk to us more about your song “Moving On”?
Moving on is a totally new direction for the band. It’s heavier than anything we’ve done in the past and it set the bench mark for the next batch of songs we we’re planning to write. There’s a lot more musically happening in the song, the harmonies are very precise and the whole feel of the song brings an uplift to anyone who listens to it.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
We were heavily influenced by a guy called Ryan Adams at the time of writing the song so the music side came from his side of things. In terms of the story behind it, I think a few of us were having struggling relationships and situations in this period of our lives so we were able to kind of express ourselves together and pool our thoughts and ideas in to the one tune.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
Hopefully yes! We have some footage from recent trips away so we’re hoping to mash and edit some shots up and make it into a video.
Why naming the album after this song in particular?
With us taking a new step towards a different direction of the band, we feel it’s showing us progressing and moving on. Also, the situations that inspired the songs off the EP are also being left and moved on from so we feel it just fitted with our current position in our lives.
How was the recording and writing process?
We usually approach a practice session with some chord ideas and build a song around them. Chords first, melody second kind of thing and see where the song takes itself. We booked some time away together and literally locked ourselves in a cabin and wrote as many songs as possible. I think at this time we had already written ‘Moving On’ and had it in our set so we decided to try and write a few tunes that would fit around it. We were taking the band in a new direction with a different sound and having a more open mind about the structure of the songs. It was a bit head wrecking at first trying to decide where we would go with a certain song whilst we were writing it but I think once we all got involved we would take different ideas and mess around with them. When we got home, Matty/Jay/Mick and a friend of ours called Eleanor Nelly sat in Mick’s flat and ended up writing ‘And Its You’ in about 2 hours.
We recorded the EP in Parr Street Studios in Liverpool which has a history of amazing bands and artists. We tried a different technique this time to get the sound of the EP just right. We would play the songs to a live demo and then record separate parts over the ‘Semi Live’ recording. This gave it a not too messy but not too polished sound which fits perfect with the style of the tracks and the sound we were going for.
After the success from your previous record, were you any nervous while working on this new album?
I think we were excited more than nervous with it being something completely different to what we had done previously. We felt the songs were better, there was more going on structure wise, we were still open to ideas even when recording the songs and there weren’t any boundaries so as a whole we enjoyed the freedom and openness of the EP.
What role does Liverpool plays in your writing?
When we were younger, Liverpool and local artists played a massive role on our writing. We hadn’t been set out to see what else was out there so Liverpools culture was our kind of oyster and its what we were surrounded by every day. As we’ve travelled more and experienced other bands and places which have impacted our writing, Liverpool has always been the starting block for us to build on and allow our influences to grow on.
How would you say this album showcases a more matured side of the band?
I feel the songs have a bit more freedom for the music side to seep through as opposed to it being built on catchy melodies. The structure and thought process of the lyrics have also raised the bar for us as song writers. We’ve thought hard about each track and worked hard during the song writing sessions instead of just writing a song for people to enjoy. The songs have a strong meaning to us which I think comes across on the EP.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Just through life. You discover new bands, meet new people and find yourself in different situations all the time. So we put these experiences into songs and the final product is what you guys hear.
Any plans to hit the road?
Were currently coming to the end of our recent block of shows. Our final one is in Liverpool on the 2nd of September in the Arts Club. So hopefully once the EP is released we can get back out there doing what we do best.
What else is happening next in The Hummingbirds’ world?
Well…Our drummers getting married… apparently, but who knows what the future holds. Hopefully another album and tour, more songs, more gigs and new places!
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