Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sleep”?
I tend to write all my songs based on the delusions of modern life, Sleep is a particularly aggressive take on that concept. I wanted to have a heavy riff combined with blunt lyrics to get across the rage I often feel at how the world is, I find it real cathartic!
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I don’t think it was one event as such. Definitely life post financial crash and having to live through austerity measures. I suppose it comes from being completely disregarded by figures of authority that society often implores you to respect. Like politicians, the police, the media. And having to live in a consumer society.
I find it irritating that people don’t deem Britain to be corrupt just because there are paper forms that legitimise immoral business, and that people can’t see the revolving door between big business and politics that is definitely shaping legislation to the detriment of society.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We’re going to be releasing a live video that’s edited to the single from our launch on June 13th at Two Tribes Brewery.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was lonely to be honest! I write all of my songs on my own, in my own space, and I feel really comfortable doing that. These days I take more to the band when I have a concrete idea and the guys add stuff and shape there own parts more, but i was writing for Superego 2 years before the band was conceived so tended to write all the parts.
The recording process was more fun. Me and Tom often do the demos together in my room, and we used a lot of guitars from our demo sessions on the release which was really nice for us and something we weren’t expecting. Everything else was re recorded with Bill and sounds ten times better!
What’s been like to work with Billy Ryder-Jones and how did that relationship develop? How much did he influence the song?
Bill is amazing. Such a nice dude and an absolute gem in the studio. A real clever guy, it’s been educational!
We just sent our music to his manger and she thought he’d like it. He got back in touch saying he did and it went from there.
Funnily enough, Sleep is probably the song that has the least ‘Bill’ influence on it. Not to say he hasn’t made us sound ten times better, but we recorded 3 more tracks with him, and he had a real input on those and improved them massively.
What role does Midlands play in your writing?
I don’t think the midlands plays significant role in my writing, it’s just our home. But a lot of my close friends are really good musicians and in great bands, so it’s a good musical environment to be in and probably has some sort of influence.
What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating?
I’ve never felt I’ve been fascinated by the 90’s, although i’m very aware we have a 90’s vibe about us!
I find the grunge scene really attractive. I like the grittiness and realness of a lot of the music. I guess that comes from having an inordinate love of Elliott Smith. I find that vulnerable, melancholic aspect of Elliot Smith and Jeff Buckley really wonderful, and I love the aggression of your more typical grunge acts like Nirvana…there’s a lot to be pissed about!
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?
You can certainly expect more. We have another track to hit you with in the coming weeks, as a kind of B side to Sleep. No real dates in mind but we’re definitely intent on releasing an EP this year.
Any plans to hit the road?
100%. Nothing confirmed yet but we are absolutely aiming to be on the road this year.
What else is happening next in Superego’s world?
Well right now we’re just enjoying our first release and feeling really positive about everything. We’re looking forward to releasing more songs and hitting the road, and then after that – who knows!