Hey, I’m good thank you. It’s been an exciting couple of months with gearing up to releasing the album.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Snakes”?
The songs about not giving into fear. The longer you avoid whatever you’re afraid of the worse it’ll get.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
No particular event, however it’s something you see every day; people being scared of what’s different, or a lot of the time of just going out and doing what they want to do. You’ve got to beat fear or it’ll beat you.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
No not for “Snakes”, but I’m working on a video to coincide with the album release. The props arrived this morning so I’m looking forward to getting into Manchester next week to do some filming!
The single comes off your new album The Beast In The Hearts Of Men – what’s the story behind the title?
The Beast In The Hearts Of Men has a theme of coming to terms with society and trying to break free. I wanted to look at how the shape of society and culture is based on animalistic instincts, but also how unsuited we are to it and how its easy to feel trapped.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote the album while working as a long distance driver working across the UK and Europe, so it felt like I was getting a bit of a new perspective being in new places everyday. I also felt no pressure to write any particular style, so I think the songs sounded pretty natural and made a good first album.
I recorded the songs in my flat. I wanted to recreate the way I used to record when I was a kid; no frills, simple sounds just using guitars, keyboards and basic drum beats. I love the LoFi indie style; bands like The Mountain Goats, Iron & Wine, Bright Eyes, Belle and Sebastian …. so this was the way I wanted to record the album.
What role does the UK play in your writing?
Quite a big part. There’s a song called “Rule Brittania” on the album. It’s a fun but sarcastic type of song which came from listening to a lot of talk radio while on the road. The album is a comment on culture and this is the culture I grew up in. Also, I’m from Manchester and music often plays a big role in peoples lives here as it’s a brilliant city to be a musician in with lots a great bands, venues and studios.
What aspect of caution did you get to explore on this record?
I suppose to sum up my feelings on the topics of the album, the main aspect of caution I explored was not letting yourself get trapped by what’s expected of you. There’ll always be people that have different ideas and opinions, but it’s not a good idea to shut down over that.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’ve got a gig to celebrate the release of the album at Tribeca in Manchester on 13th July. After that I’m gonna be touring later in the year.
What else is happening next in Pale Green Things’ world?