– We have been kept on our toes, but having a great, busy, creative time!
Can you talk to us more about your single “Shine”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
– This song came out of a jam we had when we merged two of our ideas together on drums & guitar – and it fitted perfectly!!! We agreed on a theme – which was to put a message out that we’ve got to accept people as they are & trying not to put expectation on them – if they want to open up & Shine, they will! If they don’t, they don’t.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
– Really glittery & lots of fun! We brainstormed lots of mood boards & ideas on Pinterest along with our director Jonny Finnis, and after a few meetings – he (along with his awesome colleague & Marshall Amps support) made our vision come to life!
The single comes off your new album Pyro – what’s the story behind the title?
-We named the album Pyro as we wanted it to reflect the vision we had for our debut album & to be a visual representation of the music that we perform – which is an explosion of sound & colour & honest emotion. It also reflects how fast & furious the the process was for us.
How was the recording and writing process?
– We came to the studio with a collection of songs that had been written throughout the years – we had pre-produced some them with our awesome producer friends & when signing the deal, we went into ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS to record the bulk of our debut album. We did a few additional parts in Tileyard Studios! It was super fun & an inspiration.
How have the Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin influenced your writing?
Shauna : They certainly have! The whole Rews sound is an attempt to merge real awesome rock riffs and beats with catchy pop hooks, stories & sensibilities!
Collette – Absolutely; Bonham was one of my inspirations as a young drummer and likewise with Dave Grohl, what a well rounded musician!
What role does Belfast play in your music?
Shauna : I guess Belfast (well, the North of Ireland) is where I started out as a musician and so, it’s where a lot of our support network is – and probably one of the reasons why I am here today with Collette – the belief & encouragement from my family & friends. Collette is from England and it equally plays a role in our music – she has amazing support from her friends & family too which makes it super awesome!
How much did tragedy serve as a source of inspiration on this album?
Shauna: I guess tragedy inspired this album quite a bit in various stages of grief – but it’s really trying to tell stories inspired by a range of personal experiences & observing / listening to what other people have went through or are currently going through.
What made you want touch on these particular themes?
– It’s the reason music is created – to hopefully make something that will comfort and empathize with someone in their current life situation to make them feel better and like they are not alone.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
– The inspiration ranges from books, conversations, experiences from travel / heartbreak / hurt / happiness and then trying to tell an interesting version of those stories through our sound palette and voices!!
Any plans to hit the road?
– We will be very busy with festivals this summer, more touring in the Autumn & Winter!
What else is happening next in REWS’ world?
– Loads more writing for albums two, a few master classes for aspiring musicians & indulging in our hobbies / travelling! 🙂