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

We’re great thanks, working away on promoting our new self titled EP, loving the reaction we’re getting from everyone so far, can’t wait until the launch night to show it to the world.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “In Solace”?

The song was written entirely as an instrumental first, mixing big angular riffs, metal grooves, and expansive prog sections. The lyrics focus on isolation in the surrounds of other people, and essentially the contradiction of how people are becoming more insular, and wrapped up in their own heads so much, that they are further than each other while constantly engaged in distraction.

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

Sean bases a lot of his lyrics on his past experiences, dreams, and late night documentaries. In Solace was a combination about modern anxiety issues and loneliness, combined with a dream he had about wanting to escape and live in the sun, before realising he would burn everything he loved, then becoming vengeful. His lyric stories often start off as quite abstract, but then usually end up incorporating a more immediate emotional aspect to them.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We have a lyric video in the works for In Solace, and we’ll be looking at a bigger production early next year for another song, as before recording we had planned out which track the single as going to be, to have everyone who listened to a preview ask us why we weren’t releasing a different track as the single, so about March/April time 2019 we’ll have that out.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing of all the tracks had a pretty similar to arc, jam, Neil takes them home until about 50% complete, jam those, Neil polishes at home, add lyrics. Although what was really throwing about working with Sean was that he brought two completely different lyric and melody versions of the first track we did together, all of us were a little gobsmacked at the sheer productivity of that.

The recording was incredible, it really gelled us together as a new band, Neil and Callum worked with the producer Win (Paul Winstanley) before, as have most of the unsigned heavy/alternative bands in Sussex. He knows how to get the best of people in a very short time, and just has an instinct for how the band should sound, we warned the Nick and Sean he was pretty brutal, and has no time to spare your feelings, which Nick found out about 5 minutes into the session, but after an hour or two they both saw, understood, and went with it.

What role does Brighton play in your writing?

It’s a very open minded city, with a large music school and two universities, so it just kind of breeds creativity. With so many great unsigned bands in a relatively small city, it makes you step up your game when writing, not just in terms of riffs or hooks, but Neil constantly asks things like, is this too predictable? Is this too similar to another song? Can we push this part further? Is this the best we have? I guess we could describe it as a sort of creative competitiveness, against others and ourselves.

How has Lamb of God and Mastodon has influenced your music?

Sean actually sent us a video of him covering “Redneck” when first getting in touch with Neil and Callum, and his heavy vocals are hugely influenced by Randy Blythe, although he also gets a fair bit of comparison to Phil Anselmo, though we must stress only in sound, not politics or whatever.

Mastodon are in every one of our top 5 favourite bands, it was actually a challenge when someone asked us to name our favourite band each, and 3 of us had to argue who got to say Mastodon. They’re just an incredible band, who keeps changing their sound, the way the constantly evolve but are always so recognisable is a huge inspiration to us.

What aspect of acceptance did you get to explore on this record?

The three characters that each of the songs are based on, are in different states of how they fit into and perceive the world around them. Obsolete is about an ageing prostitute who Sean met in Vegas, who is so afraid of change she has accepted the horrific situation shes’ in, while Ephemeral explores almost the opposite, knowing the finite amount of time around you shouldn’t be wasted on triviality.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have quite a few dates lined up in October all over the south, check our social media for details, and we already have some shows lined up for early 2019, just trying to string them all together, and maybe even look to the continent if all goes well next year.

What else is happening next in VILLAINOUS’ world?  

Writing. We’re already looking to our next release, and are close to having a full length album’s written, then we’ll draw a line under it, and go back to the jamming part. We enjoy every aspect of the music creation, but recently we’ve spent so much time either in production, or the stages finalising existing ideas, it’s been a while since we just had a good while put aside in the calendar to just get in a room and make some off the cuff noise.




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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