Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Very good thank you! Just returned from Belgium having played El Topo Goes Loco and it was an incredible show, so pretty good right now.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Internet Famous”?
Internet Famous is a song about the sorry state of affairs that is the addiction to social media. The fact that people live through virtual reality and forget that what really matters is what is going on in actual reality. It’s easy to get caught up in social media and particularly when you find yourself comparing to Instagram celebrities that probably don’t even exist!
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Last year I went through a period where I wasn’t very well of mind and found myself taking advice off the internet and totally forgetting that not everything you see or read in the virtual world is true. Obviously there’s a time and place for social media but it’s not the place to turn to when you’re not very well. I ended up quitting social media completely and the experience was revitalising. As I recovered, I found myself realising how silly the virtual world can be – my conversations improved, I suddenly had more free time and genuinely took in the moment more than I had been. The rule of thumb I’m living by now is to use social media as a tool but make sure I’m not living through it and conducting my own research through reliable sources for things I want to know about.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
When we decided to release Internet Famous we wanted to make something ourselves and try to enrapture the DIY element of our band. The video is simple and turned out alright but it took a lot longer than it probably looks like it did! Lots of attempts because of phone’s freezing and camera batteries dying. These things are never straight forward but I guess that’s what makes them fun.
How was the recording and writing process?
Recording was really cool because we did it in an old biscuit factory in East London. It was really different to places we’ve recorded previously because we usually end up in the sticks in a converted barn. The process was very straight forward and efficient, we’re pretty good at just getting on with things in the studio.
What role does London play in your music?
London was where the band was born; like most people who live in London, none of us are actually from London but I feel like that gives us a unique view of the city. Although we’re no longer all living there, it’s still the place we route to, we practice, write and record there still.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
There’s plenty of new material and there’s actually more we’ve already recorded. I’m sure more will be released in the not too distant future.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’ve got some UK dates coming up, as well as a few festival appearances and then we’re back in the USA in the autumn. We like the road, we’re never short of plans to keep out there.
What else is happening next in GHOULS’ world?
I think there’s two main goals for the future, one is to write, record and release even more new material and perhaps go about it in a unique way. The second is to hit new places, new venues, new countries and see how far music can take us.
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