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INTERVIEW: The Gallery

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

Bored and desperate to play some shows. Apart from that, hopeful for the future.

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

Pesticide is our first cultural statement and criticism about the world we see around us and the product of 20 years living in it. The music is hard hitting with refined energy stemming from discontent with certain institutions. The lyrics, although literal in some sections, are a calling out of certain events and people we have met along this journey.

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

Many things surrounding playing shows and the turmoils of the inner workings of the music industry influenced the lyrics and aggression in the song. Many social criticisms in the song are born out of what it’s like to grow up in a callous society also.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We worked with the very talented Sam Crowston who made most of the director decisions. This video definitely consisted of sweaty take after sweaty take; playing the song around 20 times.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing of the music, in all honesty, came very fast. We played demo’d versions of the song at local shows and support slots and had a period of trial and error in which we rewrote sections of the song and the chorus lyrics multiple times. We then travelled down to London to record the final version.

How Nirvana and Joy Division has influence your writing?

With all influences to us, they seem to present themselves naturally and with no real conscious addition into our music. I can’t tell what specifics are present in Pesticide but certainly the sonic quality of Unknown Pleasures influenced the way we like to mix guitars and drums in the studio. With Nirvana, the only real conscious addition seems to be the way Grohl/Channing created riffs on a drum kit.

What role does Wakefield play in your music?

Wakefield definitely breeds a strong feeling of gloom and small town claustrophobia in our sound and lyrics. Wakefield hasn’t really got any cultural exports and that was used as fuel to try and make something of ourselves.

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

Very well, we have a few more songs recorded and ready for release. Expect these very soon.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The working titles of these tracks seem to alternate between ‘new one 2’ and ‘drop D one’. Not as catchy as Pesticide unfortunately.

Any plans to hit the road?

Hopefully we will be playing some shows outside of Yorkshire in April/May time but we have nothing solid to announce yet.

What else is happening next in The Gallery’s world?

In the foreseeable future we have a long time of promotion and shows to catch up on for Pesticide to enjoy.

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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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