Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been great, busy, but great. It’s a pleasure to be here, thanks for having us!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “An Exercise In Abstinence”?
We are pretty damn proud of it. It represents the whole package that is Peur; poppy with a big chorus, with lashings of heavy riffs and strange time signatures. We even threw in an ethereal middle section and an industrial inspired outro. What’s not to like?
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not really a particular event, I think its more inspired by growing up. We started this band when we were sixteen/seventeen; it’s been nearly eight years. That’s a fairly long time and things change, your opinions, what you care about and what’s important. The song embodies that bitter sweet emotion of change, letting something go but moving on to more exciting things.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, we made it ourselves and you’ll be able to see it very soon. With the majority of this album we wanted to challenge ourselves to create everything and make it special. All the artwork, animation, videos and obviously music, it’s been really fun.
How was the recording and writing process?
Incredible, it was a truly unforgettable experience. It took a long time to set up but once everything was signed and paid for it came around alarmingly fast, so we really had to knuckle down to get all the arrangements and parts down before heading to the studio. Recording in chapel studios was like nothing we’d ever done before. The live room alone was inspiring, it sounded huge, and living onsite proved creatively nurturing, whenever we liked we could step into the studio and record or write new parts. For a month we lived and breathed music. I can’t wait to do it again.
What was it like to work with Dan Weller and how did that relationship develop?
Straight away he got it, the sound and what we wanted to create. He pushed us in the beginning during pre-production to get the best out of the songs. In the studio he is an enabler, all those crazy ideas you have about an interlude or some ridiculous synth sound, he’s into it and happy to sink hours into getting it right, even if you never end up using it.
How much did he influence the song?
Dan was a big influence on the song. At first it was a bit all over the place, he really helped nail down the structure so it flowed nicely.
How has NIN and Biffy Clyro influence your writing?
Biffy are a constant influence, they help remind us that weird time signatures and gut busting riffs aren’t reserved for metal bands. NIN promote the use of unconventional sounds and instruments in music, with most of our instrumental stuff we like to keep that in mind, it really helps create a varied soundscape.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
It most definitely does and it’s sounding incredible.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
No release date as of yet. We do have a title, you might be able to find it in the content we are putting out, keep your eyes peeled.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are heading out on tour in October we are so excited to get back out there and play all this new material and show people what we’ve been working on.
What else is happening next in PEUR’s world?
At the minute we are concentrating on the single and this new album and trying to make it the best and biggest thing we’ve ever done.
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