Hi Vents, we’re great thanks. Very excited about upcoming LASHES stuff.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Daydreamer”?
Daydreamer is a joy to play live. It puts a smile on all of our faces when we break into it.
That’s hopefully what it does for our audience, and you guys of course.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It wasn’t necessarily an event. We had that intro guitar part, and from there we pretty much heard the whole song, it just fell into place. One of those 10-minute jobs you hear about, as cliché as that is.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, there are plans. It’s a song we’ve been planning to release for a very long time and is dear to us, so we wouldn’t let you guys get away without a video.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording was a great experience. We locked ourselves in a big studio, drank too much coffee, got too hyper, and threw everything we could at the songs. But Daydreamer was special amongst the others. There was this ethereal moment when we put down the last of the BV’s. We just looked at each other…thinking – did we really do all that?!
Our writing is quite guerilla-style. We may have a couple of little ideas individually, but we don’t develop them until we’re sat in our studio. We’ll play the one idea on a couple guitars and then storm into the song and demo it at the same time. It works well for us and our output is huge this way and putting it straight to tape lets us see the big picture. It’s always a good laugh too, which is important – we’ll cook and eat great food and drink at the same time. Its important to us that its done together so we bounce off each other, there’s a great urgency and the ideas always evolve into something we didn’t imagine.
What role does London play in your music?
London has a certain color or flavor. And I think that’s engrained in us. We’ve had feedback from America, without them knowing we’re British – “you guys kinda sound folky – well not folky but not American, more British”. That whole British/ London rock ‘n roll thing is fading unfortunately – the nostalgic ‘Tin Pan Alley’ in Tottenham Court Rd is being stripped. But the spirit is still there. All of our heroes walked up and down that road. A lot of bands lose their geographical roots in their music, but we definitely like to show it when we can.
How do you go on balancing your contemporary influences with classic rock?
We don’t really have many classic rock influences as such. Bands like The Rolling Stones, The Band, Faces, they’re original R’nB, rhythm and blues to us. And that crosses over to our country influences like Hank Williams, and then our soul influences like Sam Cooke. I guess with a mix of stylistic influences like that, we don’t slave over balancing being commercial with our roots. A good song is a good song, 3 chords and the truth and all that.
How has Bob Dylan and The Band has influenced your writing?
Bob Dylan was genius. People criticize his singing, but they’re not getting it. Bob Dylan sang it the way it should have been sung and you get the emotion behind it. And that’s the thing, didn’t matter what notes he was singing, if he was off key or not, you feel it in the way he sings it. That’s a big thing for us. ‘The Band,’ we somewhat consider the ultimate rhythm and blues band, had a groove like no other. And they all sang, their harmonies are a big influence on us. And let’s not forget, ‘The Band’ were Bob Dylan’s band for a while – so woah, what a combination.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Definitely, we put a single out in December last year called ‘Thank You For The Love’, Daydreamer is out this month, and there is plenty more where it came from.
Any plans to hit the road?
Possibly in the Summer and definitely next year. We’ve got friends up and down the country and in Europe, so the idea is there.
What else is happening next in LASHES’s world?
Next we start recording our EP which is exciting. We’ve gone through a few changes and bought lots of toys to play with so we can’t wait, and with a name like Lashes – derived from a night out-on-the-lash, you can imagine what goes down. We’ll be writing as well plus playing gigs, so it’s an exciting time for us.