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INTERVIEW: SHE

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

Smashing, thanks! We’ve been pretty busy in the studio this last few weeks working on some new tracks. We’re buzzin’ and now the sun’s come out we’re even happier. Bring on the summer. Its about time, right?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lay Low”?

Lay Low is the third track we’ve released and it’s a lot more chilled out in comparison to our previous singles. Its a nice little floaty pop number which we put out last week and it’s also one of our favourite tracks to play live too.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

The song is about religion and the relationship I have with God. I was raised in a religious  family and it played a large part of my upbringing. Whatever religion you lean towards or away from, you will have an opinion on the presence or absence of ‘God’ and it’s an interesting topic to explore. So we thought we’d write a song about it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

The video wheels are in motion and there will be something hitting our social media channels real soon. It wont be long now so keep your eyes peeled. Announcements are on the way.

How was the recording and writing process?

We love being in the studio, full stop. The recording and writing process for us is always one of our favourite things to do as a band. Getting a track off the ground and putting a demo together is really exciting but bringing those demos to the studio really takes it up a notch. The whole process is really therapeutic. Together you work out the kinks and walk away with something everyone is really proud of. Lay Low developed really well in the studio and it brought out elements of our music that we’ve been really excited to explore further.

What role does the Midlands play in your music?

It’s our home. It was the birth place of our band and the Midlands will always be special to us. We think it’s really important to remember where things started. Our first gigs were here and we will always be grateful for the opportunities we’ve had on our home turf. It’s a shame to see some of the local venues closing their doors because we have fond memories of performing in places that are now on their way out and some that are now long gone. It’s important to play live music and get out and watch live music. If you can support your local music scene then it will keep your local music scene alive! The local radio stations also play their part in this. We’ve had a lot of love from our local BBC Introducing stations. In particular, BBC Introducing Shropshire & WM. It really means a lot to us that we have their support and that they spin our tracks on the old wireless for us. It’s a great service for new music. It’s something that we’re really grateful for and really pleased to have under our belts.

What is it about the 80s that you find so fascinating?

Apart from the tracksuits, the running man and poodle perms? Synths! The synths sounds produced in the 80s were bloody beautiful. We love a good synth tone and we try to take on board the sounds from the 80s tracks we love and recreate them in a way that represents our sound. The 80s has inspired so much of the new music we’re hearing today and that’s great. It keeps it alive. Its just an awesome era of music that still resonates with us as a band. It very much inspires what we do. Especially 80s movie sound tracks. Sometimes we throw on a classic 80s film, mute the sound and play along to it for thrills. You’d be surprised how much film has inspired our writing too. It’s a great period of sound that we just love, love, love!

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

Definitely! We’re really getting into our stride with our sound now. We have a lot of new tracks in the making and we’re writing none stop. We’re confident that the next set of tracks will be something special and we can’t wait for everyone to hear what’s next. Watch out!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No spoilers! We won’t keep you waiting too long though. Pinky promise!

Will you be exploring other themes of your faith and personal life?

Our songs have to be personal. It’s the best way for us to write, when we’ve experienced something worth talking about. We’re a spiritual bunch in very different ways so i’m sure that this topic will crop up again in the future. We have a lot to talk about so we might as well put it into our tracks and shout it out through our music instead.

Any plans to hit the road?

Oh yeah, we cant wait to get out there and play some live shows. We have a great little gig at the Signature Brewery on FRIDAY 28th APRIL and we’ve just recently announced that we’re off to The Great Escape festival on Friday 18th May which we are crazy excited about! Our lovely label Killing Moon are teaming up with LAB Records for an Alternative Escape show and the line up of new music is awesome. We’re mega chuffed that we’ve been asked to play and we seriously can’t wait. Come along and check it out because it’s gonna be a good one!

What else is happening next in SHE’s world?

More gigs, more tracks and watch out for the Lay Low video coming out real soon!

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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