How’ve you guys been?
We’ve been great, very excited about what we’ve got coming up.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Numb”?
Probably our angriest song to date. It’s a very to the point, fast paced track, and like a lot of our new tracks it’s more honest than we’ve ever been. We’ve really opened up in our new songs.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this new song?
Numb came from a pretty dark place. It depicts when you’ve been through so much you become numb to it, but that’s in many ways worse than just feeling it.
How was the filming for this video?
We don’t have a music video for this track but we do have one for our previous single we released from this ep called “Sunbird”, which is made up from live footage of our gigs. Live shows are so important to what we do and we wanted to make something that showcases that. Keep an eye out for future videos on our YouTube channel.
The single comes off your new ep “Road To The Sacred Island”, what’s the story behind the title?
It comes from the idea of happiness as a destination, when really there is no end point. Happiness is found in the journey.
How was the recording and writing process?
We tend to write all our songs in a room together. It’s a very collaborative process, where we come in with a basic idea and jam it out until we have a song. In terms of recording this is definitely our most adventurous work. We really pushed ourselves to try new ideas and experiment and it’s resulted in our most diverse release.
How has Deep Purple and Rivals Sons inspired you?
We love the old school sound and attitude of bands like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, that idea of a band together in a room creating something, and the experimental nature of what they do, while Rival Sons showed us that we could do that style in the modern era and really bring something new to it. Rival Sons also inspired us to change our name.
Would you call this your most personal record to date?
Definitely. We put a lot of ourselves into this record. Our last ep was a very raw and live release, and this time round we wanted to really delve into what makes us who we are and create something that reflected that.
Where did you find inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
It really ties back into the themes of the title. They were largely inspired by the desire to be better people and be true to who we are.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are actually on tour as we speak, in Manchester currently, heading to Bristol tomorrow and then we’re hitting Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
What else is happening next in Salt River Shakedowns world?
We are working on getting some music videos for tracks from this ep, but mostly we just want to play to as many people as possible and get our music out into the world.
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