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INTERVIEW: Homesteads

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

Great, We’ve started our tour so the mood is high at the moment. I’m sure by the end of it we’ll be knackered and ready for a quiet night in.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tell Me”?

Every great rock band has a song fizzled with attitude that hits you with a stalking riff from the get go. We knew for our sound we had to have something that stood out. Tell Me is all based around that big rock riff and pounding rhythm that just grabs you by the balls and screams “You think you know rock? This is fucking rock!”

With a strong sense of laid back urgency and a roaring guitar tone Tell me lays the perfect foundation for something that makes you want in.

Right down to main chorus line “Tell Me, Am I still going your way?” This song is not going anywhere and it wants to stand out.

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

There is nothing more current than questioning the status quo but it’s not just the punks in this day and age. There is a bigger state of question at the moment and society is starting to noticeable reflect and adjust itself.

Either something Smart like that or we just needed a better song to smash up cars to.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No plans at the minute. We always struggle when it comes to working out the right music video and it slows us down. I’ve always hated music videos, you listen to a track thinking it’s about one thing, getting all invested and then along comes another music video about a mopey person staring into a broken mirror and you think “Here we fucking go again”.

How was the recording and writing process?

For this song it was all about getting the intro groove down and then seeing where it took us. This is very much a rock song so we weren’t after the standard verse chorus structure. We want you to put on the song sit back and let the rollercoaster take you.

In terms of the recording processing, we recorded everything separately but the band play live with the drummer. It just makes everything still feel natural. We go into the studio with a plan to recreate the live sound but with a bit of extra polish.

What role does Sheffield play in your writing?

Sheffield’s where we go to drink after a day’s work. It’s got a great pub trail. So it’s where we spend most of our time socially. I don’t know how much it influences our sound. The internet makes it harder to observe your back garden. We constantly get pushed with information about things happening everywhere else. So it’s probably a song by song basis. One could be about hendersons relish, one could be about a cat playing piano. What it definitely is a big live rock sound that you have to experience to really understand.

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

We always have a backlog of material included in our set, this helps the song really find its place and evolve over time. At the minute we keep releasing a song at a time and then gigging around it.

We’re always looking to improve our writing, that is a big part of what drives us to gig and get our music to the masses. Alot of time, creativity and bloodshed are put into the songs and I think that really shows. In short the answer is yes. Stay tuned.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Another track will drop around November time if all goes to plan.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have already started hitting the road. We’ve already been to Newcastle and Leeds (if interview is published after the 13th July) There is still time to catch us in Brighton (19th July), Sheffield (27th July), Liverpool (2nd August) York (3rd August) and Manchester (17th August).

What else is happening next in Homesteads’ world?

Gigging ourselves to death, planning our next tour around November while writing more material. We have undergone a large rebrand this year so it’s all about getting the name and logo out. The world never stops turning and we just want to keep going till the world just cannot ignore us anymore. The only time we have to ourselves is the 2 minutes tuning our guitars before we go on stage at the minute.

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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