Can you talk to us more about your latest single “5 Years Time”?
So 5 Years Time is the second track I’ve released. It talks around the same themes as first track Jericho, but through a different lens I guess. Where Jericho faces the state of the world with a fury, 5 Years Time is much more submissive and helpless. I think that’s a feeling that a lot of people are familiar with currently.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The events of the last few years, I guess. There’s such a worrying cultural projection underway, that I feel it’s almost a dereliction of your duty as a writer to ignore that. For me the best writers act as lightning rods for socio-political trends and cultural movements, that’s so important. I never want to come across as overly-politicised, but I think any good writer should soak in the general feeling and emotion of the world they live in.
Any plans to release a music video for the single?
Very possibly. The reception for this track has been amazing, so it’s something we’re looking at. There’s a few options and things that could be cool, so I guess we’ll see.
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing the track was incredibly straight-forward. Worryingly straight-forward. That’s so not usually how I work. I’m normally so pedantic at that stage. I think it’s probably one of the best examples I have of that subconscious feeling I had just spilling straight in to the melody without the need for much for translation at all. James Flannigan produced the track for me; I loved working with him. He’s a great producer with a brilliant ear for detail, and a great guy on top of that.
How has Arcade Fire and Depeche Mode influenced your writing?
Ambition, I think. Both of those acts always push and push and push in terms of how ambitious they want their writing to be – not their careers, I stress, but their writing. Weird chord modulations, detailed, difficult melodies, interesting production ideas, but all presented in this accessible, understandable platform: that’s the mark of truly great songwriting.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Yeah, I’m working on it right now. It’s shaping up great, it really is. I’m genuinely so keen to show everyone how the tracks progress, how the story plays out. This is only the start. What’s to follow is even more exciting.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. I’m lucky enough to have four of my best friends in the world play with me live. Imagine that. It’s brilliant. We’ve been building the live show over the last six-months or so, and can’t wait to show people how we do it. It matches the ambition of the recorded material, and that’s the most important element for me.
What else is happening next in ONR’s world?
It’s been the craziest year. Writing, recording, building the live show, releasing first tracks. We have SXSW next year, Live at Leeds, first US dates, first UK tours… I’m loving it. Roll on next year.