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INTERVIEW: ETCHES

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

Increasingly cold and wet – you gotta love the North.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Love Is”?

Our latest release is actually the double A-side “My New Empire” and “Human Facade”.  It’s the completion of the sequence of tracks we cut with James Bragg so getting these ones out there is really exciting.

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

MNE is about political scheming and HF about the dodgier aspects of the adult industry so you could easily pinpoint any number of recent events ad a catalyst, but our writing is more a collaboration between all of us and a distillation of a number of different ideas.

How was the filming process and experience on the music video?

It’s always weird trying to perform naturally with a camera inches from your face, and you’re frequently struggling not to giggle but we’re really happy with how the video came out.

How was the recording and writing process?

Our writing process is pretty bloody torturous at times – so many ideas and five members contributing so it does tend to be quite convoluted but it comes good in the end. We record really detailed demos so that we have a good idea how to track it all when we get to the studio.

What was it like to work with James Bragg and how did that relationship develop? How much did he influence the songs?

It was a really memorable experience. All our demos were full of plugins and software. James has a big, beautiful barn full of an insane amount of instruments and gear  – everything from a Rhodes to a selection of American Fender basses, Roland tape delays from three different decades… the list just went on. Every noise we tried to create in our demos using software, we were able to recreate and improve upon using the real thing. It’s like Aladdin’s cave.

James himself brought a whole wealth of knowledge to the recording process and really helped bring the songs to life. For the time that we stayed down there we could work without interruption and that experience of living in that beautiful countryside, with so many toys to play with and a producer who had an intuitive grasp of what we were trying to achieve – it was pretty special.

What role does Liverpool play in your writing?

Not a great deal thematically, but in terms of the creativity of the city and the richness of the music scene at the moment that has always been an inspiration for us.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

If you’re talking about the next release, yes – we have some ideas but are keeping our cards close to our chest for the moment.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re playing Manchester on the 2nd and London on the 4th, with a home show at Liverpool Arts Club, supporting Echobelly on the 26th November.

What else is happening next in ETCHES’s world?

As always, balancing the real-life stuff with the being in a band stuff. It’s a balancing act to be sure.

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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