We’ve been good. Very excited to be putting out new music.
Can you talk to us more about your new single “Get In Line”?
‘Get in Line’ is our new single which we recorded with John Mitchell of Out House studios. We think it’s our best work yet. The song is about toeing the line in life and we also wanted to write something with a mega riff which hopefully we’ve achieved.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
When Alex was coming up with the bare bones of the song, he was trying to write something with energy around the the lyrical theme of the responsibilities in life. Hence ‘get in line’. Which I suppose is kind of goes against a lot of rock songs which are more about hedonism and gallivanting around.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
We worked with Simon Stolland of Aukes Media on the video who was great. We found a warehouse which was cheap near the Blackwall tunnel and got a load of strobe stage lights via Simon which our friend Love operated. Filming it was a blast, until we did the drone shots… Because the the strobes made the drone go mental and it nearly gave us all a haircut mid take.
How was the recording and writing process?
We fleshed out the song in the rehearsal after Alec had brought the song to the band. We are really good at structuring stuff together now and figuring out what works quickly. Then we called around some producers of bands we liked and luckily John Mitchell who did the first Enter Shikari record and Architects records gave us a great deal so we went to Out House.
What was it like to work with John Mitchell and how did that relationship develop?
We were quite nervous when we turned up to John’s house and he had some stuff to sort out on the phone. So we sat in the studio at his house for about 45 minutes before he came in stewing in our nerves. Once he came in it was great. He really pushed us in a semi ‘whiplash’ style to get the best takes. He didn’t mind saying if we were ‘late or early’ and the start of takes. But it really worked and we all laid down some great performances especially Scott on drums and Ollie on lead guitar.
How much did he influence the song?
In terms of influencing the song he pushed it the right direction and we came away with a record that does have his sound which is a production thing. Parts wise he was quite happy with what we were doing. But did change the odd vocal vocal melody to make things flow a little better.
What role does Hertfordshire play in your writing?
Hertfordshire is where we practice so thats a big part of it. It’s where we are all from as well, although different sides of it. Although some of live in London now. It will always have a place in our hearts. Essex probably influenced us a bit as well because that is where Jamie & Alex meet working at a guitar shop. Which led to forming the band.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
LOL. We could’t afford to produce an album with John yet. We did do another single with him though which we are excited about. It will come out around Christmas or New Year hopefully. If we did have an album we’ve joked that it would be called ‘Smash Hits and Smelly Pits’. But I don’t know if we will see that through.
Any plans to hit the road?
In terms of gigs we’ve got two coming up soon in January…
5th of Jan @ The Finsbury, London
19th of Jan @ The Rose & Crown, Bishops Stortford
And more to be announced in the new year.
What else is happening next in BREAKERS’ world?
Next we are gonna keep working on some more songs for ‘Smash hits and smelly pits’. Hopefully more smash hits than smelly pits.