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INTERVIEW: The Memoirs

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

We’ve been good thanks. How are you?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Means To An End”?

Ned (vocals) – It’s our debut single, and it’s been a long time coming. We’ve been working hard for a while and feel it’s finally time to release some music and show people what we’re about. This is just the start for us, and we have plenty more that we can’t wait to share.

Seb (guitar) – We wanted to make music reminiscent of bands like ‘The Strokes’ and ‘Kings Of Leon’ – guitar fuelled madness and carefully crafted lyrics. Our aim was to mix English Alternative Rock with West Coast highway cruising tunes.

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

N – The song is about getting stuck in a cycle of behaviour, so I’d say there wasn’t any particular event that inspired the song, rather a continuous series of unfulfilled potential.

S – A sudden reminiscing of old-school bands like ‘The Cult’ got us writing a song that has a lot of momentum from the getgo. Something with substance and energy that would sound massive in a stadium. A recent trip to Los Angeles made me realise how much your surroundings and atmosphere can impact your songwriting & being encircled by palm trees in the desert sun definitely got my creativity going…

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

N – It was very laid back. We wanted the first video to be simple, so we just recorded our time at the studio and pretended the camera wasn’t there. An old friend of ours filmed it, so we felt comfortable during the process and didn’t feel the need to play up for the camera.

S – We filmed it as we were recording in Wales. We wanted to make something that had more a “behind the scenes” kind of vibe, more relaxed and easy to watch.

How was the recording and writing process?

N – It’s different every time. Usually Alex and Seb (guitars) will start with some chords, and I’ll write a vocal melody and some lyrics, but sometimes it starts with a poem I’ve written. We don’t have a formula for writing songs, we just do what feels good at the time. We’re still getting to grips with recording in a studio, its intense but such a rewarding experience, it can crystallise months of your life into a snap shot that last for only a few tracks over the course of a couple of days.

S – Practically all of the writing for us happens before we even set foot in the studio. We feel it is better that way as we can walk in with a clear idea of what we want, and record it all in one go. We record everything live, with guitars, amps and drums all in the same room and vocals in a separate room. This way, we are as close we can to playing live. We do this as we want to achieve a big stadium sound, so the attack of the guitars  and pounding of the drums really comes through the speakers to the listener. We’ve recorded in various ways before, but there is nothing that can compare to the sound you achieve when playing all in the same room, with mounts of energy and aggression

What role does Nottingham play in your writing?

N – When we first started writing, we were at university and I think that did inform the themes of my lyrics. To be honest, in the time since we left university, Nottingham itself doesn’t influence our writing so much, but the music scene is great here, very close knit, which makes you feel competitive in a good way.

S – It has been a great starting point for us as a band, Nottingham has a great indie scene with amazing local venues! From our first month of being in a band we got support from DHP, who put us on support slots in venues like The Bodega and got us heard in the local scene. There are great fringe festivals in Nottingham, and they always support local talent and give starting bands great opportunities.

How The Strokes has influenced your music?

N – I first head “Is this it” when I was 11 or 12 and couldn’t stop listening to it. I was too young to really understand the themes of the record, but by the time I was into my teenage years, The Strokes were my favourite band, and probably the first act that I idolised. I love the raw, unpretentious sound and lyrics of their early records, and the dejected tone of Julian Casablancas’ voice, its just something that speaks to me. I don’t try to emulate anyone when I write, but The Strokes remind me not to try and conceal my feelings and always express myself honestly.

S – Been a fan of the band for years. Nothing better than a classic formation of a lead singer, two guitarists, a bassist and a drummer. They have such a tight yet nonchalant sound with intricate guitar licks and relatable lyrics, something that definitely pleases the crowds.

How’s your new EP coming along?

N – It’s done, and we’re really happy with it. Even better than the debut.

S – Can’t wait to get it out there and show people what we’ve been working on. We have gone through several “phases” as musicians, almost like an identity crisis where we were unsure of how were going to brand ourselves, to how we were going to sound. It is refreshing to finally have our distinct and unique sound, something you’ll listen to and immediately recognise as The Memoirs!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

N – The world isn’t quite ready for it yet but it’s called Fear on The Rise

S – We are aiming for an August release, with a potential album to come relatively soon.

Any plans to hit the road? 

N – There’s nothing in the world that I want more. I don’t care where we go, I just want to play a long string of shows, and see how strangers react to our music. Touring is the whole point of making music, in my opinion.

S – Absolutely, we want to hit the road as soon as possible. Touring is something we are yet to experience as a band! And if you’re around, catch us at Glastonbury main stage 2019?!?

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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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