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INTERVIEW: Acoustic Pop Rock Duo Bright Shadows

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

We have been great thanks! Very busy in the build up to our release yesterday but glad to finally get it out there.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “She’s A Ghost”?

“She’s A Ghost” was actually our 2nd single. We released 3 during the build up to our album release, “Afraid of Bliss” and “If You Let Me” being the other 2. We wanted the singles to reflect the range of material that was on the show in the album and in particular, our genre. “She’s A Ghost” showcases the power, our rockier side as well as Helen’s vocals and has a little bit more intricate guitar work than most of our tracks.

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

It was a difficult time in my life when I was dealing with the break down of several relationships at once and the song sprung from this idea that our grievances follow us around like spectres or shadows until we release them or make peace with them.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We produced music videos for all 3 singles. Again, each one was slightly different. “She’s A Ghost” had more of a story to it which loosely portrays the message of the song.
You can find the videos here.

The single comes off your new album Cross The Light – what’s the story behind the title?

 Our lyrics contain a common theme surrounding love, loss and light. It’s about breaking boundaries and overcoming some of the more difficult aspects of life. We hope the album can be uplifting overall, whilst also reflecting on losing some of the things most important to us – but in a positive light.

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded our album at Silver Street Studios in Reading, with producer Graeme Rawson. We’ve already worked with him once before and it’s been great working alongside someone who’s on the same wavelength as us and truly understands the sound we are going for. He’s a relaxed guy and has the perfect balance of providing technical expertise and maintaining a good atmosphere. Being in the studio can be tense and stressful so this is very important!

How The Civil Wars and Fleetwood Mac has influence your writing?

We drew from audience feedback that these were 2 bands we sounded like. For example, Helen’s voice often gets compared to Stevie Nicks and Raji’s to Lindsay Buckingham; then there’s the obvious pop/rock feel to the music and emphasis on vocal harmonies. The Civil Wars have also been very inspiring as they are a duo who produce the kind of music we want to and have done it to such an incredible standard. Towards the back end of our song writing for this record, both these bands were a major influence in shaping our sound. We knew that we wanted this record to have an acoustic vibe, with the focus being on our vocals and listening to these artists gave us an idea of what to aim for.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Many of the lyrics in the songs are inspired by events and experiences in our lives or those around us. Particularly the idea of being released – from guilt, from sin, from envy and fear – as well as recovering from loss and moving forward into a more positive state. Sometimes the lyrics come about from observing other people’s struggles as well. The lyrics to the song ‘Colours’ came out of a dream I had about sailing alone on an ocean, from the feelings and impressions that were left behind when I woke up.

Any plans to hit the road?

As musicians who also have day jobs, this tends to work in cycles. The past few months have really seen us focus heavily on finishing the production of the album. The mixing phase especially can be painful at times! Now that it’s out there, we plan on expanding and seeing where else we can pick up a few new fans. We’re based in Reading so it would be great to increase our fanbase across the UK and even globally one day.

What else is happening next in Bright Shadows’ world?

 The focus has been so heavily on this new record, there hasn’t been a lot else to think about. Our album launch gig was last weekend at the Oakford Social Club in Reading which was a great success. We played as a 5 piece as a complete one off with a couple of our friends supporting us. It was a lovely occasion where friends, family, fans and a few strangers were able to join and enjoy our night with us.

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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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