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INTERVIEW: Vuromantics

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

Hey vents, cheers for having us! We’re on a real high at the moment having spent the summer locked away writing and recording, we’re finally being allowed back out to play live and thrilled to have some meaty shows coming up.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Office Romance”?

I certainly can; it’s kinda a Neo Soul meets Synth Pop love song. We’re excited about it and the reaction has been pretty overwhelming actually because it was written and recorded some time ago now, we had to sit on it a while whilst we waited for the stars to align. So when we finally got to put it out into the world we didn’t know what to expect but it’s really been having its day in the sun with BBC backing, magazine coverage and even quickly has become our most streamed song, craziness, we’re certainly off-script right now in uncharted waters haha. Can we borrow a life jacket?

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

I’ve been really good at avoiding this question up to now but you’ve caught me in a good mood, yes, it’s very loosely based around how I met my partner of 5 years. But seriously the main word there is ‘loosely’ haha certainly took a whole heap of creative license with that one.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No actually, we’ve done videos in the past but wanted to just let it speak for itself with some nice visuals, already working on videos for our new release though so yeah they’re coming. Cats for heads seems to be a popular idea between the guys, you heard it here first.

How was the recording and writing process?

I remember writing this one really vividly, it was festival season 2017 and we’d just got home from playing a festival in Doncaster, we we’re pretty buzzing with how the event had gone and decided we wanted to do some late night writing, we locked in on this chord progression and ended up working on it until like 3.30am or something daft, I think a few of us even fell asleep a few times haha. We got it done anyway. We recording it several months later at Junior Park Studios Sheffield, it’s super relaxed there, would certainly recommend.

What role does Sheffield play in your music?

Great question! Absolutely, this city has such a rich heritage, it can weigh quite heavy on your shoulders actuall;, Sheffield crowds expect a lot from their local bands and will call you out on imperfections. Obviously we have synthesizers in the band and Sheffield was synonymous with the 80s electronic movement in UK so sometimes people do draw parallels between what we are doing and retro ideas but we think we’re treading a contemporary path and exploring new ideas, whilst continuing to fly the flag for electronic Sheffield, we love LOVE all those bands and we like to shout about em, we actually interviewed Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17) this week for a local publication.

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

We’re so close to finishing a new 5 track EP awith Alan Smyth (2Fly Studios) and have plans to record another in early 2019 so its safe to say a lot of music is coming. We’ve been taking it into areas we think sound fresh and exciting and can’t wait for people to hear what we’ve been up to.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I like your style, trying to get us to give up the goods haha. I don’t want to give too much away but the working EP title in ‘Serendipity’, it feels right, we had to deal with a lot of mishaps to get to this point and we actually feel stronger for them.  

How are you preparing for your upcoming tour?

I can’t turn my brain off at the moment its running 100 miles an hour at all times trying to get everything just right for the tour. I’m finally starting to chill abit though, the set is the strongest it’s ever been, we dropped a lot of older tracks and brought in new exciting ones, we brought in a new band member so we can have a much fuller diverse sound and we’ve just been drilling it in so we are insanely tight right now, at this point I think we could play upsidedown in the dark and still knock it out the park.

What are you looking forward the most?

We’re super stoked to be opening for Smokey Brights (Seattle USA) on their UK tour in October, it the first time we have got to do a tour support so we’re excited for that, they are a amazing band, check them out. We’re also seeing the year out in style with 5 headline shows in some of our favorite cities. In short I’m excited for all of it, we love playing live, seeing our friends and family in the crowds, it’s what its all about!

What else is happening next in Vuromantics’ world?

As I mentioned earlier, we started a new interview series to shine a light on some cool music happenings we are enjoying. Thinking of starting a web video series about music venue origins from different cities, there is some brilliant stories out there on that front!  I’ve also been learning to animate, hoping to bring in some of our own art into the visuals in the future for that personal touch.


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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