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INTERVIEW: SKERRYVORE

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

We’ve been great, thanks! Very busy with the release of our new album EVO. We’re so pleased with how it’s been going and very happy that the album entered at number 14 in in the Scottish Charts for the first time.

Can you talk to us more about your latest music video “At The End of the Line”?

“At The End Of The Line” is our latest single from the album and the video was shot against the beautiful backdrop of the Trossachs National Park in Scotland. The chorus lyrics are ‘paradise is wherever your people’ and the beauty of the Scottish scenery mirrors this sentiment.

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

There was no particular specific event really. It was written more as a general contemplation of what it is that makes us truly happy as humans.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The filming process was fun and we had a great team to work with. We’re not a band with a great view for music videos so we rely a lot on the direction of others with more vision in this area. We like to have fun and not take ourselves too seriously and we’re just glad the film team didn’t want us to attempt actual acting roles!

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

As you might guess It’s simply an abbreviation for the word Evolution. This album has been a long time coming and that, along with the addition of new band member Scott Wood makes this album the next step in the evolution of the sound of Skerryvore.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was fun and in many ways similar to our usual process for writing an album. Each member will write in their own time and then bring what they have to the table during band rehearsals where we can then choose the best material and continue to arrange them as a group. We recorded the album in our usual studio (Castlesound, Scotland) but also used a few new additional studio spaces and this was great as it gives a new perspective to the process. We were lucky enough to have the album mixed by fantastic producer/engineer Paul Savage (Mogwai, Deacon Blue, Belle & Sebastian)and this really helped to give this album a more progressive edge.

What role does Scotland play in your music?

Scotland plays a huge role in our sound as our roots come from the traditional music of our country. It may not always be as apparent in our songs as it is in our instrumentals but the influence is always there. It’s something which we think helps us to be different especially when we tour other regions like the US.

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

Inspiration comes in many forms as with anything that is creative. I think we mostly find inspiration in the people that surround as and the experiences we have in our personal lives as well as on the road.

How  has tour life been?

Tour life is a lot of fun with Skerryvore. It’s not always easy and of course people miss their families but we try to make the best out of every situation and this really helps to make it an enjoyable job!

What  else is happening next in SKERRYVORE’s world?

We’ll continue to tour the EVO album throughout this year with dates in NY, Boston, Connecticut and Philadelphia in August. We play the incredible Tønder Festival in Denmark and then we return to the US for a joint tour with great friends We Banjo 3 in October. We also plan to release other tracks from the album as singles so you can keep up with it all on skerryvore.com  and all the usual social media platforms.

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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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