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INTERVIEW: Ferals

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

Really good thanks! The lead up to the release was a bit stressful trying to get everything sorted on time but it’s great now that’s it’s out there, we can sit back relax a little.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Brendan Rodgers”?

I think of all the material we had it was the song that encompassed everything that we are and everything we do. It’s got a big singalong chorus, ambient sections throughout the verses and it borderlines on some of the heavier influences that we all have.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Lyrically It’s a cumulation of a lot of things, as I was writing it the parallels between things on a global scale and the things on a very personal scale were quite chaotic and it felt like a period of overwhelming change. For me writing music has always been a catharsis and the song focuses on the desire to just get away from it all, locking myself in my attic and writing our songs was my way of getting away and finding that separation.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Absolutely, we had several different concepts but now I think we’ve arrived on something that will stand out and do the song justice, we will hopefully be filming it sometime this week, so keep your eyes peeled.

How was the recording and writing process?

The process for this track was long, it’s actually the oldest song we have and there’s been a lot of different versions, I had a demo of the basic skeleton of the song recorded and I brought it to the guys and that’s when it really started to become it’s own monster, lots of tinkering and changing little parts that we weren’t happy with to finally to get it to where it is now. Also having Jack there really opens up a new avenue with vocals that we tried to explore on this. Ironically the recording was the complete opposite, extremely short and a little chaotic to say the least our drummer Dan crashed his car the day before and then came in and released all the rage and stress on the kit, so what you hear on the track is real unadulterated human fury, we were thrilled to work with Ryan McGroarty at Start Together Studios, who’s music we’ve followed for a while now, he kept us on track and pushed us to do the best we could.

What role does Belfast play in your writing?

A huge one, coming from such a small town up north, Belfast is a driving force and a positive change of pace, it’s nice to be surrounded by such a supportive creative scene. We take a lot of inspiration from the quiet coastlines  but we also find a real connection with the industrial sound of the city.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

An album no but an ep yes! It’s all written we’re just waiting to hit the studio and get everything recorded again these songs have been around for a long time so it feels good finally get to properly work on them, we’re very excited since the response to Brendan has been overwhelmingly unexpected, it’s given us an even bigger drive to push ourselves and put out the best thing we can.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

It took us around two years to get Brendan Rodgers released but we’re pleased to say that the new release is on the horizon, as for a title we have an idea that fits with the lyrical content but we’re gonna keep it under wraps because we are the most indecisive band. Ever.

Any plans to hit the road?

Touring has always been on our minds and there’s nothing more we’d love to do right now, both north and south have great festivals that are on our radar, we’d like to be able to extend our reach so we’re working on a few shows a little further away for summer, if you’re excited for the ep keep an eye out for a show near you.

What else is happening next in Ferals´ world?

We’re working very closely with the guys from zool records on something that will hopefully give a taster of what’s to come on the ep, we also have a show in the empire on the 3rd May with Mosmo Strange, Munky and Part Time Pilots which we’re very excited for. Love that stage, love that space, love those boys.

Listen Ferals ‘Brendan Rodgers’ on Spotify here

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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