INTERVIEW: Useless Cities

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

Hi VENTS! Pleased to be here. We’ve been great – really pleased at the response to our latest single. We’ve been doing a lot of writing and playing about with a sample pad. 

Can you talk to us more about your song “Couldn’t Ask For More”? How was the recording and writing process?

It was a track that we had been working on for some time in order to finish it. The opening bars are so evocative that we knew we needed to keep this track, but it took quite a few writing sessions to get the right part – once we had it we knew.  The recording process was interesting; we initially recorded with an e-bow in the chorus, but switched it to synths in the end.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Not a specific event but the theme of the song is prevalent throughout society; that is the disconnect between people due to overuse of mobile devices. There’s an artist called Eric Pickersgill who has a series which explores the role of mobiles in relationships. I think it matches well with the song. We can all relate to the image of zombies looking into their phones.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Martin Petty (who made the video) has been a long-time collaborator of ours, with photography and other media. We shot it over two days around Stoke Newington and the Barbican. It was a fun time – there was a dog on set!

What role does London play in your writing?

London is a really exciting place, full of energy! But it can also be a lonely place, as it is a big city and often one ends up socialising with their mates more on social media than face to face which has a massive impact on friendships, relationships, etc. We wanted to capture both the excitement and loneliness in our song/video.

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

We have another track already recorded and lined up for release. The video is currently in post-production. It was recorded with Paul Tipler (as were our last two singles). 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The track is called ‘A Little Too Obtuse’ and we are looking to release towards the end of June. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Our first festival date of the summer is at ‘Gig in the Goil’ in Scotland. We’ll be playing Newcastle on 12/05/2018 and Woking on 16/06/2018. 

What else is happening next in Useless Cities´ world?

Our next recording session is booked for July. We are going to record two new tracks which we wrote over the last few months, plus one of our older songs called ‘Closed Eyes’ which we have been meaning to record for quite some time. 

And two of our songs (‘Stay’ and ‘New Feelings’) even make it as soundtrack to the US this spring – watch out for ‘Girl on a Rocking Horse’ at Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival!

The atmospheric, cinematic video for Couldn’t Ask For More is on YouTube 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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