Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Zealot”?
Zealot is our third single. It’s the first one going out through ‘Til Deaf Do Us Party’ which we are proper excited about and will hopefully be the start of a sick relationship between us and the label.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wouldn’t really say any event in particular, more a few events colliding. The presidency of Donald Trump and ‘Brexit’ were definitely two catalysts. We had the riff idea for a little while with no vocal line or lyrics. But watching a skit by Jonathan Pie and what he was saying about what was happening struck a nerve and I just started writing. A few of the newer songs we’ve been working on have come from lyrics I was writing at that point.
How was the film experience?
It was really fun! We didn’t get to be in any of the forest scenes as we were running short on time to have it finished but the band shots were crazy! It was all done in the studio we rehearse at, totally blacked out on what was the hottest day of the year so far and it was boiling! We both are glistening and that is all real sweat from basically being oven baked for hours!
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process is always amazing fun, we generally go in with the bones of the song and just sit and play with them with our producer until we hash out something we can all be proud of.
What role does Brighton plays in your writing?
Maybe strangely Brighton doesn’t really play any role. We are from here and love the city but it’s not something I write about.
How has Death From Above 1979 and Salves influenced your music?
I wouldn’t say we are particularly influenced by either band, we have massive admiration for them both though. Being brothers we’ve always played in bands and made music together and with the bands we done before it has always started with Nick and I writing some stuff together then finding the right musicians to come in and play the songs. DFA and Slaves showed us we didn’t really need anyone else and that a 2 piece can be just as powerful or even more so than a 3/4/5 piece.
How has your new EP coming along?
It’s going really well actually, it’s a hard one though as we keep coming up with new ideas and songs so keep finding ourselves questioning what should go on it.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Nothing is set in stone just yet but it is going to be soon. I think our plan at the moment is to release Zealot, one more single after that and then put the EP out there.
How are you preparing for your upcoming Reading and Leeds showcase?
Practice, Practice, Practice! It’s an absolute dream come true to be playing there! We both grew up loving Nirvana and their two Reading shows are things of legend. It’s literally been a life long dream and we are stupidly thankful to This Feeling for having given us this opportunity.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are performing on this large shows than when you go on tour or play any ordinary show?
I think any and all shows are important so I don’t think there is any real difference in preparation. Maybe you need to get you’re head together a little bit more before going on a festival stage just because it’s such a different feeling playing to such a wide expanse of people rather than a sweaty little club but that’s about the only thing I can think of.
Any plans to keep on the road afterwards?
We would be on the road 24/7 if we could but logistically that can’t be done just yet… our booking agents are working on an autumn tour at the moment so hopefully we will be able to announce something about that very soon.
What else is happening next in SONS’ world?
Apart from the single and playing our dream gig we are mostly just writing, rehearsing and thanking our lucky stars for the opportunities we are getting.
If you are at Reading this weekend, we have a band, SONS, playing on Sunday from 7PM to 8PM on the #JackRocks This Feeling stage. Dropping on DIY label Till Deaf Do Us Party as a tote bag DL bundle on 25th August, their new single ‘Zealot’, has been supported by the likes of Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart on BBC Radio 1,Alex Baker on Kerrag! the single politically charged visuals were premiered by Clash, who called the song “a righteous DIY anthem.”