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INTERVIEW: Fishtank

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Feels So Good”?

One of the things we love doing is infusing different styles of music that have influenced us into our songs and in this case seventies disco and eighties synth pop join more straightforward rock, or that was the intention at least! It’s a very bass-driven tune that we hope gets people on the dancefloor.

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

The acquisition of a soft synth that emulated the old Moog, Oberheim and analog Roland synths of the seventies and eighties was very inspiring and led to a lot of fun playing around with sequences and arpeggiators which eventually formed the basis of the music.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’re working on it although finding enough glitterballs and wide-lapel suits required to give the music the right visual representation is proving tricky!

The single comes off your new album Why Am I Swimming Around Like This? – what’s the story behind the title?

The title comes from a work by late British poet Laurie Stevens which is a particular favorite of ours and indeed the poem is being narrated in the title track. It’s existentialist in nature, which resonates with our life experiences, but by raising what appears to be a rhetorical question has seemed to provoke an answer from us, which is love. That’s the point behind everything we’ve done to create the album, our love of creating music…that’s why we’re swimming around!

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing and the whole creative process is always pure joy, we have an absolute blast experimenting with different instruments, feels and arrangements until we can’t stop smiling at the end result. Recording was a little more of a labor of love – we were working to a very tight budget and a whole raft of other commitments – and whilst the album took around two years to actually complete, we probably only spent about 8 days in the studio! It was amazing to get to work with producer John Mitchell and his incredible team at Outhouse Studios, John really brought the sound together. We were also lucky to get the musicians that played on it, and for them to give such excellent performances.

What role does Great Britain play in your music?

We’re very humanist in our approach to our lives and don’t really identify strongly with the concept of nationality. So whilst social injustice may be an inspiration to our songwriting we don’t see this as being unique to Great Britain, more a global issue. Probably the greatest influence is that it rains a lot here which tends to encourage us to work on music rather than going to the beach!

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Inspiration comes from all sorts of places – past experiences, loves lost or unrequited, chance encounters – common human themes. Sometimes it comes down to something as simple as the sound of a scaffold being erected which conjors up  a rhythmic idea and subsequent musical accompaniment.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’d love to, we’re currently working on the next album but when that is complete we’ll be looking for opportunities to tour it. Who knows – we may even get over to the US for some dates.

What else is happening next in Fishtank’s world?

Everything is now geared to the next album, we’re about halfway through the writing process and will be spending time during May and June in the studio working on four new songs. We’re hugely excited about the new songs that are ready to go, they introduce a darker element to our music.

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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