CQ: Hello Vents, lovely to meet you we’re very well thank you
ES: Alllll good thanks.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hunger”?
JW: It’s our third single, and I think it shows a different light and weight to the music we make. In many ways it manages to include most of the influences we draw on in one single song. It’s a hell of a lot of fun to play live too!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
ES: I guess the best way to describe it, is that it’s just a pure heartbreak track, nothing to philosophise! Sometimes the best thing is to make something beautiful out of something not so nice.
How was the recording and writing process?
CQ:The recording process was incredible. We took the demo down to Vada studios, this great big old mansion country estate with producer Dan Austin and recorded it in the old chapel there, there’s something magical about that place, so much history… and ghosts too!
JW: It’s always great to start work on a new song, and this one felt like it fell into place quite quickly. The arrangements always start life at our HQ (Chris’ bedroom/storage facility), and although we like to push the limits of what you can do with a limited set up, (using toy instruments and plugins) it’s amazing to inject the song with the swagger and purpose you get when creating music in an amazing studio with a very special producer! Hunger really benefited from that.
ES: I remember I’d gone away for a few days to take some time out and just to write, I’d never really done that before. I don’t really tend to sit down to write about anything specific, and this is just what came out that day. It felt special to me at the time, but taking it to the studio was really magical.
What is it about the 80s that you find so fascinating?
CQ: I have an unhealthy obsession with 80’s toy keyboards. A lot of the sounds on the song come from hours of experimenting with those things.
There’s something charming about that aged cream plastic vibe and the quirkiness of the sounds being nothing like the description.
JW: We certainly have our go to instruments, but the toy keyboards (and other assorted toy instruments) give you a lot of opportunity to create sonics that a modern keyboard or guitar can’t find. We run them through a lot of pedals and amps to get the sound we want- on their own they’re actually pretty crap, but the process just keeps things fun!
ES: Mostly people’s hair.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
CQ: There’s tons of new material waiting ready to go, almost two albums worth in the vaults, and we’re constantly working on developing songs at the moment. Looking forward to a couple of long stints in the studio that we’ve got pencilled in over the summer. We’ve just done a little headline UK tour where we were trying out a lot of unreleased material to see what reaction it’s getting.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
ES: Not as such… but definitely some point in the new year. We want to make sure we get the right tracks together. We want the album to be a journey and the hard part will be deciding which tracks make the cut. A nice problem to have though I think!
Known for singing from a personal experience – what aspect of your lives will you be diving into with this new material?
ES: For me, a lot has changed since we started making this record. I’m actually currently trying my hand at some happy songs…
Any plans to hit the road?
JW: We love playing live, so we are always looking for the opportunity to find a new audience. Our main focus is getting more material recorded, but there is always time for another gig!
CQ: We’ll be down at Great Escape festival very soon, and have lots of other live plans in the pipeline awaiting confirmation. Exciting to get back out on the road and try out some more album contenders live.
ES: We’re looking forward to a couple of home town gigs too in Leeds, which is always nice!
What else is happening next in Shadowlark’s world?