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INTERVIEW: Siblings of Us

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

Thank you for having us. We’ve been super busy getting everything together and trying not to cry. The stress is very real but the pay offs are priceless.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “A Gang Called Wonder”?

It’s a tune that reflects on trends the people aimlessly follow in order to be ‘cool’ and completely miss the message on certain groups and lessons. We essentially put the sounds of Foster The People, Pixies and Mars Volta, add Ellie’s grime esc beat and this is what came out. There’s about 5 or 6 different sections in the tune kinda like our own little Jesus of Suburbia.

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

Just a series of unfortunate events, it’s a peaceful protest addressing the actions of certain people that are just ‘zombies’ and can’t think for themselves.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We own a audio / visual design company so we are always thinking about what to do for videos, no solid plans as of yet but there are some ideas we may put together once the e.p is out.

The single comes off your new EP Gargantua – what’s the story behind the title?

Gargantua is a character from a French writer Francois Rabelais in the 16th Century. It was very vulgar for its time and turned a lot of heads for the time it was known for being quite ‘out there’ in its humour. We felt this reflected our new sound in one word as we were a very streamlined pop band before we decided to test this new sound to our fans. We like to think it’s big and a little out there so Gargantua suited well.

How was the recording and writing process?

We don’t have a whiteboard in the practice room and go through it in detail, if it sounds good it goes in. Fonzy and Zack tend to write the synths and guitars out before hand and gets Ellie’s approach later which tends to change the entire concept for the better, we love her for doing that. We try not to be generic and keep the time signatures and keys interesting. This session recording with Western Audio was one of the most laid back experiences ever, little to no drama.

What role does South West play in your music?

It’s competitive, which isn’t a bad thing just makes us want to push our standards to match the great talent the area has to offer. There aren’t many bands genre bending with Electronica so venues now tend to want in, back then it was alot more difficult playing pop and Synthwave.

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

Fonzy: I will write lyrics that everyone can make their own meaning to by keeping it broad with an undercurrent of my message. There are certain words I just will not use and certain rhymes. I usually sound what I’m going to sing just to get a feel for the flow before I write it down. Pizza Lisa is about body imagery, Chicago Glass Twins is the relevance of the second amendment and how it affects Americans today. Breed and Company is a love song but how mainstream brands dominate the little things in life that are suppose to make it special, and A Gang Called Wonder is calling out fake trends and shaming their sincerity.

Any plans to hit the road?

The ‘Gargantua’ tour is an absolutely huge tour coming up kicking off at The New Cross Inn London from 6th September for 22 dates all over the country, we are actually going to have to be careful how much we drink for a change just to keep up.

What else is happening next in Siblings of Us’ world?

We are going to be hitting the festival season hard next year and really getting out there. Our label Retro Synth Records are huge supporters and we are lucky to have them so I’m sure they will have some ideas. Then who knows…. album?

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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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