Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hiya, Thank you so much for having us back! Busy busy as usual haha, We are just like everyone else, always working hard on the “9 – 5” grind as Dolly Parton says. A couple of us have kids also, so Dad mode kicks in on the evenings and weekends, while we try and juggle the second job that is managing a Rock Band.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Pure”?
For sure, ‘Pure’ recently released via AWAL on March 1st, and it’s been along time in the making, with our last single being late 2017. The message is one that tries to invoke the memory into the listener, of a time when they were young, free of judgement and behaviours against “different”, therefore reminding them also with the chorus, that we have opinions and views forced upon us by elders in our lives and mass media propaganda. We just wanna help keep pushing an open minded and morally good existence, which fortunately in recent times has grown magnificently towards gender, race, species and beyond. You know.. “unite! Not separate”.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
We use a small child in the video to signify youthful generations, and show him glued to a screen witnessing only the bad footage that gets sensationalised, they.. as we did, get heavily exposed to repeats constantly of the negative, and hardly ever all the good that far outways it. This creates a sense to want to detach from areas of life, rather than be motivated to feel a happier person.
We acknowledged this now as parents, and this is something we wanted to be vocal about, in terms of enlightening others too.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was great fun, for Billy our vocalist it’s always a chance for him to dust off his previous acting boots and be creative to a camera again haha. We have a fond connection with Shaun Hodson of Loki Films (The Used, Skindred, Glamour of the Kill…) who we worked with for Heroes… He came down to Cornwall again for the shoot and it’s just like catching up with an old friend.
We feel sorry for him, because the two times he has come to Cornwall it has absolutely lashed it down with rain haha, and we expected beautiful sunshine. We trudged through loads of mud to find our way to an abandoned, beat up warehouse that gave us the old and gritty look we wanted, this place was huge and being used as a home for teenage kids brave enough to go and skate and heroin junkies and the like. I think we gained some muscles carrying the heavy filming and band gear in and out of that place in the dark stormy night lmao.
How was the recording and writing process?
We changed our process completely on its head for this one. Previously we went to different producers for each EP (Freefall Recordings for 1554 , Outhouse Studios for the Self-Titled) and fairly, spent a big chunk of money to work with those guys, due to their previous clients (You Me At Six, Enter Shikari, Architects, Mad Hatter 2.0..). Although we worked out that we had no PR budget left to promote the last one, so we decided to give our Guitarist Sam a chance to prove himself and his Music University credentials by having him produce the track and put our savings towards sharing the song afterwards. So instead of the 5 of us bunkering down on the studio floor for a week like before, we had the opportunity to wake up in our own beds and travel individually to focus on each step alone with Sam and eventually get to the mixing stage , where we all came together to share our opinions on how we wanted it to sound. We then let him go away and try a few mix and masters on the song until he felt it was correctly done. Interestingly… We originally sent the recorded files to Seb Barlow (Neck Deep, WSTR, Roam..) who Mastered the track for us, but upon requesting a final check of the track with him, before we could confirm it complete, he didn’t respond to our emails and messages over a month period, until we had to say to ourselves that the hold up was then becoming too much on our future schedule and Sam delivered that final master you hear now.
What role does South West play in your music? Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
Hmmm, it’s a tricky one, we don’t tend to let anything change our style on things, we write each song as we feel in the mood for collectively, which can be troublesome when we get various songs that don’t “ideally” match each other for genre. whereas we notice a lot of bands are heavily reliant on confining their sound, so everything matches flawlessly, we attempted that before, but it jeopardised the fun in being creative in a moment and just letting what comes out be fun for us.
We have it very hard in a location sense, due to everywhere being so few and far between in the south-west, regardless of the longer journey times between cities down here, our biggest issue always comes in the form of trying to get shows when we are not local to anywhere, so we have to hustle much harder to play more smaller places to gain more fans, before we even get a chance in Bristol, Exeter and the like. As opposed to being given a shot, just for living in one of those towns.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, our intention is to release 3 singles in 2019! Pure being the first, and we have a few demos in our back pocket that need to be recorded properly, in which order we will release, we are still unsure. We plan to record them ASAP, and we have been jamming fantastic new ideas too. We just struggle to find the time to do it all quicker, perhaps a record label can help us go full time? Wink wink hahaha.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Not as yet, we want the next Single out in summer ideally though, that is the plan, with the 3rd in October.
Any plans to hit the road? We always love to hit the road, Bristol, Exeter and Cardiff are major concerns for us, which I am still working hard on. We have been asked to play them for years now, but have struggled to get the foot in the door. So we have been going back to all the smaller towns that request us and growing more at home in Plymouth with promoters.
We do have a few shows confirmed, Plymouth on (Friday 19th April) supporting a wonderful bands Album Release (Embers of Eden), HopFest is a huge show for us in Northampton alongside Holding Absence, Vader, Death Remains.. (Saturday 29th June), Cornwall Tattoo Convention on (Saturday 31st August) which is very interesting to us, and a couple more after that which will be updated on our events and socials shortly.
What else is happening next in Lady Jane’s Revenge’s world?
Literally trying our hardest to reach those cities to grow the band in, Recording the studio versions of our current handful of demo tracks, for release asap. We just wanna be able to play more shows and meet more people that support the music scene.