Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How’ve you been?
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to chat to us. We’ve been really well thank you. Very busy but we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Can you talk to us more about your song Martyr? Did any event inspire you to write this song?
There wasn’t a particular event that inspired this song, but there was definitely a couple of people who did. We won’t mention any names, but we wanted to make a song that was a bit tongue and cheek, sarcastic and almost taking the mick out of these people. They were always complaining about how hard their life is and trying to make us feel as though we had it so easy, when they hadn’t had a hard days work in their life! We think we managed to pull it off quite well. Especially as they still don’t know the song is about them haha.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
Oh yes! And this one is our most favourite video yet. We will be releasing it very soon.
The single comes off your new EP Pale Glow – what’s the story behind the title?
The EP was written at a point in our lives when we really weren’t in good places. Mentally, physically and literally. We were broke and in really bad situations in our private lives. But the band has always been the thing that keeps us going. No matter what it keeps us on the right track, keeps us positive and gives us hope. So Pale Glow is literally a description of the band. Even though there’s all this darkness surrounding us, there’s still this small glimmer of hope that is the music.
How was the recording and writing process?
We can look back at it now and laugh. But at the time it really was just pure chaos. Like we said before we weren’t in the best of places and were completely broke. So we spent most of the 2 weeks at the recording studio sleeping in the back of Megan’s car. We couldn’t afford to eat properly but luckily there was a fish and chip shop across the road from the studio who felt sorry enough for us to give us an unlimited amount of chips. But saying that it was a time that we wouldn’t ever want to change. It fuelled so much passion and raw emotion into the music. Some of the vocals were just one off takes that just happened in the moment. So the writing was often just getting into the boothe and see what comes out.
What role does the UK play in your writing?
We can’t say the uk has any role within our writing. We’re not a political band in the slightest. Although that’s not saying we won’t ever be.
How has Pantera and No Doubt influenced your music?
For me (Megan) Gwen Stefani is like the ultimate badass babe. I’ve always loved her way of mixing different vocal styles and yet still sounding like No Doubt. Also, she never let the fact that she is a woman in a very male dominated world affect her negatively. She reveals in it. The way she owns a stage and acts just as tough as the guys was the coolest thing to watch as a young girl. I wanted to be just like her.
As for Pantera (Willem) they are the masters of heavy music, though they are no longer around their music still influences me in my drumming and many other people around the world. They’re definitely an all time favourite of mine.
What aspect of your life did you get to explore on this record?
Personal hygiene!? Haha. No but seriously we really learnt how strong we are as individuals. We learnt how important this band is to us and the music itself. During the recording process Meg had to say goodbye to a family member who was losing their life to cancer, and then the following day track vocals. Some people might call it insanity or just not worth it, but to us it was so important to get it done. We’ve had the worst luck over the years and at every opportunity for things to go wrong, they usually did! So we were so determined to break that curse so to speak.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! We’re doing a lot of travelling this year. At the moment it’s all UK based but we’d love to push it further. We’re off on tour this March and then all over the country for the rest of the year. We don’t like to stop for very long.
What else is happening next in VNDTA’s world?
We’re currently writing more songs and will hit the studio again later this year to record a full length. But we’re just taking every day and show as it comes and enjoying every moment of it.
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