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INTERVIEW: The Recoupes

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

Hey, thanks for having us, we’re good! How’re you?

Can you talk to us more about your song “All I Know”?

Sure, it came about at one of our practices a few months ago, and we started playing it live straight away, maybe even before we’d worked everything out, but the reception it got was too good for us not to record it as soon as we could. It’s definitely one of our favourites. It’s quite a simple song that has a feel-good, danceable indie vibe to it straight from the start making it a really fun song to play live.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Maybe not a specific event, but the lyrics were written about the girlfriend of our singer and it’s basically about knowing that you can’t be perfect – especially when you’re young, and you feel like you’re still getting the hang of life. But despite that, you find someone who accepts that and you want to give your all to that person. It’s that classic line “It’s not much, but it’s all I have.” A part that’s quite special in the song is the middle eight where we go from talking about the situation to directing the words straight at who we’re talking about, and we came up with that part in the studio which we’ve never really done before but were pleased with how it came out.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

It’s something we all want to do, but we’re just waiting until a solid idea comes up that we can pull off well. I don’t think we’ll be rushing the video for this one though but we’re definitely always thinking about it.

What was it like to work with Gavin Monaghan and how did that relationship develop?

It was really good working with Gavin, we knew a bit about him before we met him but it was only after chatting and noticing how he talks about people like Robert Plant as if they’re normal people and not Gods that we started to realise who we were working with!

He was really easy to get on with and we worked well with him as well as Joe Murray to create what we think is our best song so far.

How much did he influence the song?

We had the song pretty much all in place when we went to record but in terms of getting the right sound Gavin and Joe really knew what we wanted. When we came to listen to it for the first time nearer the end of our recording time it was perfect and we didn’t have anything to change.

What role does London or the UK play in your writing?

Not as much as in the writing of bands like Madness, The Kinks or The Jam but I think it’ll start to come into play more as we start to experience the city properly as well as other places we travel to, as we can’t write about girls forever!

How’s your new album coming along?Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We haven’t got plans for an album as of yet. We’d love to do one but want to wait until we’ve built more of a fan base and gained more opportunities for ourselves first. For this year I think we’ll be working towards an EP near the end of the year

Any plans to hit the road?

It’s something that we’d love to do! But for the minute we’ve got a few London gigs coming up with a few festivals around the country that we’re looking forward to but not a full on tour. Getting the opportunity to do that is something we’re all excited for.

What else is happening next in The Recoupes´ world?

We’ve got a few gigs coming up (https://www.musicglue.com/therecoupes/gigs) and a lot of other stuff to announce like festivals and more gigs. More recording time has been booked as well so look out for another single and we’re hopefully going to be working towards an EP towards the end of the year as well. So it’s an exciting year for us!

You can find The Recoupes at facebook.com/therecoupes and @therecoupes on Twitter.

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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