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INTERVIEW: Static Fires

Welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great, VENTS! May we call you VENTS? How are you?

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

‘Return’ is the first release from our first full length LP – ‘Thirteen’. It’s been with us for almost 2 years, we think. In the beginning, we were unsure of the title, so the first few times we played it live we asked the audience to suggest some titles. You can imagine how that went… We got some suggestions like ‘Jasper’ and ‘Mango Spice’ and one creepy guy shouted ‘Die!’ at us.

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

Not really… As it is with most of our songs, we came up with the music first and the lyrics afterwards. We had a couple of lyrical ideas floating around and we wrote a story around what we had. It’s about someone who desperately wants to move on/quit something but doesn’t have the will power to bring themselves to do it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No plans for a Return video at the moment, but we are releasing one for our next single, coming out next month! If all goes well with the album and single releases, we’ll make another video for a song from the album.

The single comes off your new album Thirteen – what’s the story behind the title?

‘Thirteen’ is also the title of one of the songs from the album. There are a few changes within the song, switching between heavy and mellow parts, changing time signatures and different effects and harmonies. We thought that because the songs on our album were all sort of different, Thirteen would be a good title track to represent the album, as there are heavy parts, upbeat parts, trippy parts, dreamy parts, groovy parts…

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording is always fun. Having your songs come together before your eyes is really exciting! We spent a lot longer in the studio this time around and when you listen to the album, it shows. We’re very proud.

Some of the songs on the album we’ve already had for a few years, or have been small riffs and parts that have been put together more recently. We actually only finished writing the last of the new songs a few days before we went into the studio.

What role does South Wales play in your writing?

The experience of playing venues around Swansea and Cardiff helped shape our identity as a band and our lives together.

What does the number thirteen entails within the context of this record?

We decided to call the song Thirteen for 3 reasons. 1. It is our 13th original song in the order they were written. 2. We came up with this idea on Firday the 13th and 3. The lyrics are about bad luck.

Like we mentioned before, we felt the diverse nature of the song encapsulated the diversity of the songs on the album.

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

A wide range of experiences and events helped provide inspiration for ‘Thirteen’. One particular event for one particular band member also inspired an entire track.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are always looking for new opportunities in new venues and in new locations. So far, we have yet to leave Wales, but we are planning to do this over the summer.

What else is happening next in Static Fires’ world?

We have a few releases coming up: next is our new single and Music Video (June), after that is the album (August 10th) and we’ll be playing some gigs on the release dates to celebrate!

Other than that, we’ll be planning to gig as much as possible and as far as possible this year to help promote the album.

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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