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INTERVIEW: ELESSAR

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

-Hey! We’ve been great thanks, it’s been a very busy start to the year for us which is nice, lots to talk about!

Can you talk to us more about your song “In All Honesty”? Did any event inspire you to write this song?

-In All Honesty came to us at a perfect time! We’d just started writing for the EP, everyone was feeling creative and the instrumental was pretty much demo’d within 2 days. It’s the first time we’d just let a song happen, without overcrowding it or trying too hard to make it a ‘typical Elessar song’. Lyrically however, I really wanted to go deeper than we have before, make things a little more personal. It’s a song about a relationship I had with a girl, for almost 2 years, that became so poisonous and wrong. At the time I didn’t want to let it go but looking back it now it was probably the best decision for both of us. We both moved on and now everyone seems to be happy. But the song itself admits that I’ll never forget about her, and I’m still holding on to the fact that you never know what could happen in the distant future.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

– No plans at the moment! Originally, we weren’t considering releasing it at all before the EP came out. But after showing a few close friends, it was a song we felt people needed to hear. It shows more diversity of what people can expect on the EP.

The single comes off your new EP Is This All We Are – what’s the story behind the title?

-Is This All We Are was actually a message I received from an ex-girlfriend a few years ago, we were going through a rough patch, and I was asked that question. Given that the rest of the EP talks heavily about relationships and things I’ve encountered, it seemed like a perfectly fitting title!

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was a lot different this time. We went up north for a weekend to work with our friend George Tyreman, who helped us write a few tracks, then we came home and wrote a few more. In fact, I was still finishing lyrics during the week we went to record! I guess we didn’t want to class anything as finished until it was physically recorded in the studio. The downside was the EP was delayed by a few months while waiting to record vocals. I was diagnosed with nodules on my vocal chords, making things very difficult with singing. After a few sessions of Vocal Rehab and Speech Therapy I went back in to finish things up! The vocals on the EP aren’t as clean as I’d hoped for, but it’s nice to listen back and know that I’ve progressed so much more now as a singer!

What was it like to work with Matt O’Grady and how did that relationship develop?

Matt is a great guy! He was super chilled to get along with, made us feel welcome and definitely brought the best out of us as musicians. He’d worked on the majority of the records we all listened to, so when we were looking for someone to work with, he seemed like a perfect fit!

How much did he influence the album?

In terms of changing things around, he was fairly happy with what we had. The good thing about Matt is that he wouldn’t over complicate things, which is something we have done in the past. I’d like to say we were all on the same page!

What emotions did you get to explore on this record?

-There’s a lot of different emotions on this record that all tie in together. Most of which revolve around the idea of losing someone close to you, or needing to ask for help. There’s also a sense of acceptance or positivity on this record that you wouldn’t normally find me writing about! But I guess, each track talks about a different aspect of how things have been for me in the last 4 or 5 years.

Any plans to hit the road?

-Yes! We’re currently in the middle of organizing a 6 or 7 date tour for mid-May. We’ve got a few friends we’d like to go out with and hopefully promote the EP face to face with our fans!

What else is happening next in Elessar´s world?

-Our main plan is to play as many shows as we can for the rest of this year. It’s definite the best part about being in a band! But in the back ground we’d already started writing again for what will be an album in the next year or so.

About RJ Frometa

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