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INTERVIEW: All Mankind

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

Great! Life is good, the food is tasty, coffee is on point and the music is flowing, so we’re great. Thanks for asking.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Help Me To My Feet”?

Help Me To My Feet is the latest pop banger from us. As you can probably hear, it’s taken a more dancey direction than we’ve previously gone before but of course it has that big chorus that we love to do so much. We wanted to combine the sound of a band with more electronic sounds but making sure it still sounded distinctly All Mankind, and I think we’ve achieved that here. It’s a hybrid if you will.

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

We feel like when things go wrong in life, the best four-letter word you can use is HELP.

The song is kind of celebrating the idea of asking for help. That might sound a bit weird, but people are sometimes really afraid to put their hand up and get help when they need it. And that can lead to all sorts of problems.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yeah we have plans. We’re super happy with how this song came together, and we’re keen to put some fantastic visuals with it. There’s a lyric video out now, and we’re hoping to have a full video for the song soon.

How was the recording and writing process?

Fairly simply actually! The main chorus was a middle section of another song that we’d forgotten about, but then as we reheard that song, it was obvious that section had great potential as a chorus. Rich then put a verse and middle to the chorus section, then we spent a day or 2 recording it. It all came together very quickly which is often how the good tracks happen. The secret sauce to the song though, is the mix. We were very lucky to get Peter Mayes (Pnau/Empire of the Sun) to mix it for us, and he did an amazing job that really brought it to the next level.

Having found success with your previous work – does that put any pressure on you as you release new material?

I think pressure for new, quality songs is mostly internal. We want to write the best music we possibly can, and I think if we’re really excited about a song, then I think (hope) our fans will love that song. Please love our songs!

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! We probably have an album’s worth of material almost ready to go. Some of it is almost finished, some of it needs some polishing, but there are a bunch of new tracks that I’m personally very excited for people to hear.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Releasing music isn’t as simple as just putting out an album anymore and then waiting 2-4 years or whatever to do the next one. We might release lots of singles or we might release some EPs. Streaming has changed how people receive and listen to music way beyond what anyone ever thought was possible. I think this is exciting, who knows what’s coming next! Honestly who doesn’t love a good surprise?

Any plans to hit the road?

No plans currently. Our lives are busy these days at home, but we’d still love to get out on the road now and then. We love just hanging out with each other and having fun, so any excuse to do that is great but touring is so expensive and it’s hard work. So it needs to be the right thing and well planned. For now we’re focused on getting great music out.

What else is happening next in All Mankind’s world?

Lots of things! Stay tuned for more music not just from us but from some of our members. There’s rumours going round of a few different solo projects coming together. Hopefully soon you’ll hear more about those as things take shape and reveal themselves.

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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