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INTERVIEW: Chasing Shadows

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

We’ve been really good thank you! Thanks so much for having us!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Open Your Eyes”?

I can! Open Your Eyes is the last track on our latest EP, Darker Days. We recorded it at Amp Recording Studio in Wrexham with Nino Errico – we’ve worked with him on all of our tracks so far, and he really understands what sound we want to get on our music.

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

Sam wrote this one about a really difficult time he had last year, when he had an operation on his eye that we really weren’t sure how it was going to go. Along with ‘Life’, it’s probably the most personal song he’s written.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Definitely! We’ve got plenty of ideas for what to do on this one, we’re just trying to make them come to life.

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

We went through many titles for the EP, but all of them were based around the last track on it. Originally it was going to be called Open Your Eyes after the last track, but it just didn’t seem right for this EP. We tried some more titles and none of the really sat right with us until we had the final master back of the Open Your Eyes, and the line ‘Open your eyes and see the darker days’ stood out for us, so we tried ‘Darker Days’ and it stuck. Given the importance of that track on the EP for Sam, we certainly made the right choice!

How was the recording and writing process?

Sam tends to come to practice with either some lyrics, or a riff, or both, and that’s where we start.As a band, we then work around that and build the song up to a rough demo, then work on it some more, tweaking it, adding and taking away bits before finally settling on a version we’re happy with.

How Foo Fighters and Green Day has influence your writing?

The writing in a lyrical sense is more influenced by situations that we face in life, personally and in general, and the music is influenced more so by the artists we could listen to quite happily on a constant loop, bands like the Foo’s, Green Day, Stereophonics etc, the list goes on! We’re inspired by their big choruses and the riffs you don’t forget, and hopefully our music has the same effect!

What role does North Wales play in your music?

North Wales has been the inspiration for one song in particular, Burn, off our first EP, and has been the backdrop for all our videos up to date more or less. The music scene in North Wales is great, but has the same struggles as everywhere else does, by which I mean getting your music heard in a live setting becomes more and more difficult as venues close down, most recently for us being Central Station in Wrexham. But people and trying to rally around to keep live, original music alive.

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

As I mentioned, our lyrics are inspired by what we see around us. Our home town and it’s renovation and restoration, relationships, friends, life experiences – all of them influence what we write and how a song develops.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re always looking to get out to new venues and play our own music, so we’ll see what the release of our new EP over summer brings!

What else is happening next in Chasing Shadows’ world?

We’re back in the studio recording a new batch of tracks for our next EP. We’ve just finished recording the first one – there’s a few more to come yet as well!

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