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INTERVIEW: THC Dreams

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

We’ve all been very well thank you! Everything is starting to move pretty quickly for us at the moment so we’ve all been rushed off our feet getting everything ready for the single release – but it’s a good kind of rush!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All My Friends”?

Musically the song is in keeping with our usual style: emo mixed with an indie and dance influence. Bristol is one of the biggest cities in the UK for dance music (namely drum and bass, garage, bassline and jungle) and we pay homage to that by using the amen break during the interlude (we were going to use the actual sample but we didn’t coz it felt a bit cheeky). I guess there’s a bit of a post hardcore influence in the outro, as big gang vocals parts defo don’t come from emo. I’ll go into the lyrics more in the next question!

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

The lyrics were written by me (Nick) about six months ago during a brief period of inactivity of the band while we got our lives together (work, relationships and what have you). I noticed that a lot of my friends, and myself, had started relying on unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with our problems, namely drugs and alcohol. A few months later, right before we were about to head into the studio to record it, we found out a friend of ours had passed away due to a drug overdose. It gave the song a whole new meaning and dynamic, as opposed to it just being a tribute to nihilism and apathy, it became more of an inspiration for us to sort out our own issues before it destroyed us and the relationships we have.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We do have plans! We spent a lovely evening (to be honest it was really cold and scary) under the M32 motorway in Bristol messing around in shopping trolleys and setting fire to my old guitar with our guy Joe (The Reel Malarkey). While I was dousing the guitar in lighter fluid to make the flames slightly more impressive I accidentally set fire to the can and we had to wait in the freezing cold for the fire to burn out. I wouldn’t recommend doing that cus it took ageeeeeeeees for it to go out. Then we went back to our bassist’s house and his roommates had locked us out, so we had to climb into his garden with all our stuff. Much fun.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was pretty straight forward as I had demoed the song in my bedroom and then sent it to Tamlin (the bassist) to flesh out. He added a bass solo so I thought it was only fair that I got to do some screaming at the end in return. We recorded it at New Cut Studios with the marvellous Scot Mackenzie (idles did pre-production for their last album there so it’s ThE rEaL dEaL) and it went really smoothly. Usually after a recording session we take away the stem tracks and overdub stuff back in my bedroom but we had enough time to do everything and more! We mixed it on a very big and intimidating console in a very posh room with our friends at Art In Fact Production.

What role does Bristol play in your music?

Bristol is a huge influence on us. There’s so much going on all over the city it’s like a cultural bukkake party. As I said above Bristol is huge for dance music and raves so I think growing up somewhere where the best thing to do on Friday nights is to go and have a dance in a warehouse really pushes us to experiment with our rhythms in our songs, basically making us dance-punk. All My Friends is fairly straight forward with its beats but the B-side, Get Over It, is a perfect example of that. Unfortunately, Bristol isn’t so well known for its emo scene but luckily we have the internet so I can listen to whatever sadboy band I want to for that side of our music.

How Brand New and Say Anything has influence your writing?

Brand New were my favourite band for about 5 years, before and after we started the band. I know it’s a touchy subject at the moment cus the singer’s a bit dodge, but I fell in love with how they layer fuzz and guitars on top of each other to create a massive wall of sound, which defo influences our huge amounts of distortion. The singer also has an amazing voice that I’ve done my best to replicate over the years (sorry not sorry).

Say Anything (and more specifically, their first album …Is A Real Boy) pretty much changed the way I write songs completely. I just love how theatrical Max Bemis is and that defo has had huge amounts of influence on our sound. You can really (and I mean really) hear the influence Say Anything had on us on our second EP Nuclear Family.

How do you go on balancing the classic with the modern approach to emo music?

Our way of balancing the two is to not balance at all. Sometimes something works better if you just keep it traditional emo, but more often than not we change up our songs to include a huge amount of influences from all different corners of music. While classic emo records influenced me massively both musically and personally, they can get boring so we always strive to create something that’s as unique as possible.

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

It’s in the works. About 3 songs are fully written and we’ve got 4 or 5 more in the process. The sounds we’ve got so far on demos and whatnot are sounding darker and more introspective than we’ve been before, and there’s a lot of aggression coming from the tracks already. I’m excited to get out on tour so we can show people the new songs and see what they think!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nothing yet, we’re aiming to get back into the studio early next year though. Tamlin wants to call it ‘Baitest Hits’ but I feel like only people in Bristol will get that.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I’m guessing by the time this is out we’ll have announced it: we’re going to be touring the UK in January with Scotland’s finest new bands WRTHLESS and Take Today. I’ve been jamming both of their tunes and I’m really really really excited to be sharing the stage with them.

What else is happening next in THC Dreams’ world?

New record, new T-shirt’s, new gigs, new meal deal combinations at Tesco’s – it’s going to be a wild year!

http://www.facebook.com/thcdreamsbristol

http://www.thcdreams.bandcamp.com

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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