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INTERVIEW: Brighton Based Riff Punk Trio Ragweed

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

Hello VENTS! Good thank you, been keeping busy. Lots of recording, touring, gigging. You know how it is.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Silver Spoon”?

Sure, so it’s our second release on Milky Bomb Records. There are two B-sides as well; ‘Grey Matter’ and ‘West Cost Pop’. Silver Spoon is the heavy, riffy one and the B-Sides are scrappy punk numbers.

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

Not really, I’d had it on the song pile for a bit but never thought it would be a single. Not that I thought it was bad, I thought it would be an EP edition. Reg was the one who really brought it out, his bass lines in it are what make the song for me.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Filming was fun, I was just the curtain puller in the video, think I did a good job. Our drummer had decided to take a holiday so we had to do a video with out us in it, well excerpt for Reg, who we thought could shave, tie his hair back and get away with being in it haha. Never done a video that we’re not performing in before, so that was a new and exciting experience, not having to pretend to play over and over and over was nice.

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded it with Paul Winstanley, such a great guy to work with and 100% the right man for the sound we were after. For this one we wanted to do the whole produce us thing, egg shakers, piano, the works! Very happy and proud of how it turned out.

What was it like to work with Coco Deville and what did she brought up to the table?

Was great to work with Coco, she’s an old friend of mine and we’d been meaning to work together for a while. Sam, of Avocado Baby Media (he’s a friend too) who made the video, did an awesome job and was great to work with as well. For us it was a smooth, easy process, am sure it was a little harder for Coco who had to dance constantly for 4 hours to the same song and for Sam who had to edit all the footage. 

What made you want to explore some rather dark corners this time around?

It was just how it ended up sounding, wasn’t my intention to go ‘dark’ and all that. Sounded cool and so we just ran with that. It’s nice to not be restricted, if we like how it something sounds then we can go with it rather than thinking that doesn’t sound like us. Dark is the theme now, will be different for our next release.

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

Haha, we did almost do an album but decided that we didn’t have enough fans to justify it, so we went for an EP instead just going through the mixing process now. That will be out next year.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Am toying with a few titles; Darth Vader’s BBQ Party, Pregnancy Craving, Social Inbreeds, Baby Bonsai, will just see what takes the mood at the time we need the art work done.

Any plans to hit the road?

March is when we’ll out and about. Going to be 6-8 shows. Will keep you and the internet posted on that one.

What else is happening next in Ragweed’s world?

Got the EP coming out, will be more shows, tours, interviews. More of the usual band life. You keep listening, we’ll keep playing!!

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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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