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INTERVIEW: Concrete Kingdoms

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

Hello, Thanks for asking! We’ve been doing great thanks, we’ve just come off the back of a mini tour which we are all still buzzing from. We played dates both north and south of the border and for some of the guys it was the first time they’ve ventured south to perform so it was great to spend some time as a band and feel like wannabe Rockstars ????

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Time To Play”?

Time to Play is one of our more energetic songs and we’ve started calling it our party song when we perform it live as it always gets a great reaction and people love to dance along to it, plus its got an easy chorus so everyone can get involved.

The guys came up with an addictive guitar riff for this one and it will be one of these songs that will stick in your head and hopefully make you smile when singing it!

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

We wanted to write a song that people can just have fun with and not take to seriously as the lyrics are based on just forgetting about all your daily troubles and having a great time with your mates. We’ve all been on those nights out so I’m sure everyone can relate to what we’re trying to get across!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yeh, we’re going to be releasing the video on 17th July, although how much I’m allowed to say about that I’m not sure, so that’s all you’re getting on that :-p!!

The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the album after the EP? 

Being our first release, for many this will be their first introduction to the band. It made sense then to self title the release.

How was the recording and writing process? 

This may sound like a cliché but the writing process all seemed to come together really quickly once all the band members were in place. A lot of the foundation of the songs was already there so from my perspective as the singer I just had to put my own spin and lyrics on how I wanted them to come across. The guys were great in letting me write about what I wanted and how I wanted the vocals to be on each track which made life a whole lot easier for myself.

The recording process was also a great experience for us all, we got to spread out the recording over a number of weeks which allowed us to solely focus on each track at a time and we feel that this helped each track to stand out on its own. The producer we worked with (Mark Morrow) was great at getting the best out of each of us and encouraged us to try out different things along the way and we can confidently say that we were all delighted with the end result after working alongside Mark Morrow and our manager Mark Robinson to ensure we had something extra to give back to anyone that wanted to hear our music.

How have Alter Bridge and Guns N’ Roses influenced your music? 

They are both bands we have all looked up to growing up, and that has had a significant impact on how we have developed our own musical style.

From Tremonti’s high tempo riffs to Slash’s bluesy solo style, the influence of both is clear in our sound.

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

All the tracks on the EP come from different areas of life.

“Time to Play” – is about having a good time with your mates and letting go of any worries or troubles, and we wanted a song that was light hearted and anyone could enjoy listening too.

“Speed Demon” – Refers to some time I spent in America a few years back where everyone else round about  me was starting to settle down and focus on their careers etc, and all I wanted to do was travel and experience life in a different way.

“Same old Same” – This some means a lot a to me personally as I took inspiration from “Watch over you” by Alterbridge as I was going through a rough breakup and needed an avenue to best convey how I felt and after listening to that song I knew how I wanted this to written.

“Die This Day” – The lyrics for this song are written to inspire, contrary to the actual title of the song if you listen to the chorus the key message being “Never die this day” its meant for times when life gets to heavy and to remember where you’ve come from and how far you have travelled so hopefully people can relate to that!

Any plans to hit the road? 

So we’ve just come off our first mini tour after meeting a lot of new friendly faces and people seemed to like what we’re doing so our boss Mark Robinson is working his magic and the calendar is filling up quickly in the background so we’ll be announcing more dates very soon ????

What else is happening next in Concrete Kingdoms’ world? 

Debut single, releasing videos, writing new material, performing live, EP coming out later in the year, it’s all falling into place as we speak so we cannot wait for people to hear what we’re all about!!!!

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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