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INTERVIEW: Cable Street Collective

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

Pretty good, thanks very much. Summer is here and it’s been banging so far. Our new EP is out and the summer gig season is underway.  We had a blast at our EP launch at Vortex Jazz Bar a few weeks ago, and spent a marvellous couple of days on the Isle of Wight playing MondoMix Festival with beautiful sunshine!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single So We Go? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Yeah, it did. It’s about a bit of a bleak time a few years back when I was having a lot of panic attacks… mainly in stations. One day I stepped off the Hammersmith and City line at Kings Cross and couldn’t remember what I was doing there, where I lived or who I was. So just stood there for about five minutes until it came back!

It’s about feeling weirdly dissociated from the rest of the world, with everyone else rushing around.  The chorus is a bit lighter though. A lot of people have little moments like this but life continues, and eventually you catch up with all the ‘rushing and rushing’.

The video looks like it was a lot of fun to make, was it?

It was the best day! It was filmed by a good friend and amazing director, Cassidy Bircher back in April. We had a load of friends come down, and then took it in turns to be blasted by industrial leaf blowers in front of a green screen. It’s not the most pleasant experience…you can’t really breathe and end up with a bit of saliva on your cheek, but it’s definitely worth it. It was a lovely family vibe, with food, lots of laughter, (mainly at me) and several dogs running around. What more could you want?

The single comes off your new EP Where Now From Here? – what’s the story behind the title?

The title comes from a line in ’The Very Best’, the final song on the EP, which is about a wonderful (semi)-sunny day at my first Glastonbury. It’s quite literally about which stage to go to next but that day was also a bit of a turning point in my life. We’re all feeling a wee bit older, leaving old relationships, and leaving the party (a wee bit) earlier. There’s a bit of nostalgia and blind panic in our lyrics, but overall, it’s optimistic. Who knows where we go from here, but I’m excited…

How was the recording and writing process?

It was great, a bit of a learning curve using programmed beats instead of live drums but it was really exciting hearing what Dan Cat came up with, and it was a pretty chilled process – no Gallagher fights. It was our first time writing and recording with new members Aaron (bass) and Sam (percs) and they are both wicked musicians and creative brains – pretty much joys to work with.

You’re all from London, what role does London play in your music?

Full disclosure: Aaron is the only born and bred Londoner; Sam’s come all the way from the Shetland Islands. The rest of us moved as quick as we could. It definitely has a big impact on the music. A lot of the first EP, ‘The Best of Times’ is about living in London and how we love it to the core…despite it being fucking miserable, horrible and difficult a lot of the time. ‘So We Go’ from the new EP definitely draws on that stress, and the hectic nature of life in London.

Any plans to hit the road?

Well, we’ll be up and down the country this summer playing festivals. Very excited about Boomtown – been a few years since we’ve played there, and can’t wait to support our mates ‘Tankus the Henge’ at Hootananny’s in Brixton in August; love playing there and it will definitely be an enormous party. 🙂

What else is happening next in Cable Street Collective’s world?

We’re back writing some new songs, which is exciting. Looking forward to a summer of music, tents, roll mats, whisky and service station food.

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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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