INTERVIEW: Fatherson

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

We’ve been busy but we’ve been awesome thanks for asking! 

-Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Making Waves”?

This song is the first song that sparked the inspiration for the next record. It’s sort of a groovy slacker tune with a big singalong chorus and is definitely the bridge between our first two albums and the new one.

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

I’d say meeting someone that’s actually good for you and trying not to mess it up haha!

-What was the filming process and experience filming the video like?

It was really cool, we took over a floor of an old textiles factory for a couple of days and shot 2 sessions and 2 music videos including Making Waves. The original concept for the video was quite heavily storyboarded so we filmed everything we had planned and then when we saw that beautiful dance that Katie did we said this has to be the video and it became this beautiful expressive one take video. Which we are in love with.

-The single comes off your new album Sum Of All Your Parts – what’s the story behind the title?

I think that every album title we’ve had has been related to the headspace of where we were at at the time. This one is about appreciating the journey and making music that is the culmination of where you are. The sum of all your parts in a way. 

-Describe the recording and writing process.

We built a studio in Glasgow after finishing the campaign for the last album. Between March and December 2017 we spent like 5/6 days a week cooped up in there writing and demoing songs with a new album in mind. We kind of wanted to get back to basics and see what noise the three of us could make in a room together. Which to be fair led us down the rabbit hole a couple of times! But luckily we had the luxury of time and a clear vision for what we wanted the album to sound like so every time we did something too weird we carried the attitude forward but maybe smoothed the edges a little. All in all it’s definitely the best thing we’ve ever done and its not coming from a “you’re releasing a new album so you have to say that” kind of place, we spent 9 months hanging out and falling in love with making music again and we’re super proud of it. 

-What was it like to work with Claudius Mittendorfer and how did that relationship develop?

An absolute pleasure. He was like family from the first time we spoke, an incredible friendship developed instantly and we knew that he was the right guy for the job.

-How much did he influence the new album?

He carried the same ethos as we did. We wanted to sonically take the band in a new direction and he understood that straight away. Plus he had a real, honest connection with the songs even from the early demos and pretty much read our minds or iterated something better every step of the way. Also there was no stress, we just hung out for a month and made and album like 4 guys who had known each other forever. 

-How do you feel being from Scotland influences your writing?

There’s an inherent misery in your outlook I suppose. I can’t really explain why most music to come out of Scotland has a similar lyrical style, I guess we’re just raised to be passionate and sometimes when that passion gets misplaced we tend to feel hard done by!

-Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics on the new record?

I did some blackout poetry initially to get some lyrical ideas, which was fun to do but ended up being a bit too twee for my taste however reading a lot more helped my vocabulary definitely. I also listened to a lot of hip hop and found a tonne of inspiration in the storytelling. Especially an album called Telefone by Noname. Her ability to use language in ways I’d never heard before really left it’s mark on me.

-Any plans to hit the road in the U.S.?

It’s on the top of our priorities, always has been. As soon as we can find something cool to do then we’ll be with you!

-What else is happening next in Fatherson’s world?

Shows shows shows really. As far and wide and as often as we can be out on the road we will be!

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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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