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INTERVIEW: Young States

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

Good thank you! Been eager to get the ball rolling again so it’s good to be back.

Can you tell us more about your latest single “Over It By Now”?

I feel there’s two ways to approach the meaning of the song; for some they may see it as a kick up the bum in realising they need to move on, and the other may be an emotional feeling of “I should be over this so why aren’t I?”.

For me I see it either way, but it also describes the upset I was experiencing about the situation that caused it.

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

Yeah, I really fancied someone who was a close friend at the time, and they messed me about and led me on, and then decided to go with someone else. I also never really expressed how I felt to that person, so it was good to get it out in song form.

How was the filming experience (of the video)?

Really fun, also tiring, but definitely worth it! We recorded it with As A Button Productions in a cottage in Thetford. It’s our first video with a storyline and actor. LaLa Barlow did an fantastic job in portraying Miss Havisham from Great Expectations, and the emotions dealt with over a lost love. I’m incredibly happy with how it’s turned out!

The single comes off your new album Past Truth | Present Lies – what’s the story behind the title?

We had most of the songs written a while before we went to record the EP and we recorded the EP last year, so all the feelings that are captured in it are things I don’t experience anymore. Whilst those feelings were very real and valid, it wouldn’t be true to say I am still experiencing them now.

How was the recording and writing process?

Great! We recorded it with Drew Lawson at Steel City Studios and hearing the songs come to life was such a great experience. We had 10 days to record this EP which gave us all time to think about what could be added to each song, and Drew was so good to work with as he knew what to do to help make the songs sound awesome!

How have Brand New and Mallory Knox influenced your writing?

I think the dynamics and texture Brand New and Mallory Knox have in their music is something we’ve been influenced by because of the impact it can make in a song when used well. They also both use backing vocals that do their own thing behind the lead vocal as well as just ooohs and aahs, this is something we tried out a little with this EP and are experimenting with more in songs to come.

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

Lyrically the inspiration comes from me jotting down my feelings in a notebook in the moment to use in the future. I think musically the inspiration comes from bands we love, and trying to make our songs as good as they can be. Also writing songs is really fun and when you get that buzz off of something that’s sounding awesome is one of the best feelings.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have a few small warm up shows to get back into the swing of things as we’ve been away a while. We’re playing Norwich Owl Sanctuary on 23/08, The Flying Dutchman in Lowestoft on 25/08, and The Smokehouse in Ipswich on 26/08. Really looking forward to these! After that we are currently booking a tour for October.

What is happening next in Young States’ world?

We’re releasing the new EP on 29th September, then playing more shows, and writing more songs.

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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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