INTERVIEW: Memory Foam

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

All good thanks.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Flatsharing is a Terrible Idea”?

I wrote the song while I was living in London. It’s about my experiences living in various flatshares. The good, the bad and the ugly.

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

Yeah I was living in a particularly crazy house in Dalston. It had been bombed during the war and you could still see the scorch marks of an incendiary device in the brickwork and it was leaning to one side. I thought this is the house for me. I fell in love with the location and the diversity and the energy of East London; but the house was a little bit too crazy. There was always this sense of dread that somebody was going to burst in my room in the night, naked and out their tree. That was kind of the basis for the song.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yeah we’ve got a video in the pipeline. Our friend Tony Miceli is an amazing photographer from the Glasgow School of Fine Art. We are working on something which hopefully isn’t too far from completion.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing the song was straightforward enough. Structuring the song and recording it was more difficult than we envisaged – trying to get the right guitar sound, the right mix. It’s our first release and we recorded it in one day in Parr St Studios, which isn’t that much time.  But Alex Quinn who produced the track for us has got an amazing ear, and he really helped to bring all the different elements together.

What role does Liverpool play in your writing?

I think Liverpool is prevalent in all ours songs. We want this music to be representative of where we are from. The way we speak, the language we use, the sound and feel of the songs is all tied up with it.

I can hear some Walk The Moon and R.E.M. in your music – do any of them get to influence your music?

I haven’t listened to much of either to be honest. It’s The End of The World is a good tune though. I heard sales for the song shot through the roof when Trump got in the White House.

Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?     

We are slowly piecing the album together. There’s a big back catalogue of songs that need to be fleshed out with a full band. The idea is to release a few more singles first and keep adding to our sound. We are currently working on our next track – Liquid Cosh.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Liquid Cosh is due to come out end of August.

What other aspects of our society are you looking to tackle down in the future?

The shady practices of the Special Demonstrations Squad.

Any plans to hit the road?

No plans to hit the road just yet, but we have a few acoustic shows lined up. You can catch these on our YouTube channel.

What else is happening next in Memory Foam’s world?

Lots of rehearsing in Pirate Studios. Then we go to London to record an acoustic version of Flatsharing is a Terrible Idea. Other than that, we will continue to buy every guitar pedal known to man. Trying to create a guitar sound which is unrivalled in the sonic lexicon.

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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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