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INTERVIEW: Sweet Ignitions

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

Hi, thanks for having us! We’ve been good and busy. The year started with acoustic sets early on, our second single Neptune released in March and then the full on gigs including playing the Great Escape in Brighton.

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

We feel like Daggers is moving us on another step with regards press reaction but as a song lyrically it’s born from dealing with the break-up of a long term relationship and the emotions that you go through. Musically it’s a different groove for us, a bit more of a stompy tune so you’ve got these downbeat lyrics yet this big riff that makes you want to move.

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

Musically it was wanting to mix it up and find a different groove but as stated above lyrically it was the breakdown of a relationship and some of the whispers that followed hence the opening two lines. Also the feeling that you can’t be responsible for anybody else’s happiness which was how I was feeling at the time. There was a lot of crazy stuff going on at that time which has been responsible for a lot of the lyrics. It’s a kind of therapy I guess.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Haha, it was fun! Matt and Lino actually tried to do it first on i phones. The opening scene where Matt glugs a shot of whiskey was done 7 times to find the right shot and angle. Lino felt bad so matched each one with Matt and they then hit town for the pub shots. Let’s just say that after that the decision to reshoot it was taken! We’re lucky in that Ty is talented behind the camera and can edit so we pretty much remade the first attempt but Ty took control of the filming and we got somebody to film us doing the live shots. It’s been different processes for all of our videos. Scars was filmed by somebody else but edited by Ty, Neptune filmed and edited by somebody else and Daggers done by Ty but we always have fun shooting them.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process is fairly standard in that a demo version is done and then we take it to the rehearsal room and work it out. There’s always little changes and breaks that crop up and quite often tempo changes. The original version of Scars is almost comical as it’s about half the tempo! Recording was done at the Animal Farm in London during the first weekend of this year. If any new year resolutions were made they were all broken about 4 days later as you can’t go to London and not go out and have fun. Recording was quite hard work as we only had 2 days so no time to experiment with anything but we were on the ball. It was standard though, Ty does both drum tracks, Huw gets the bass down followed by the guitars and then vocals last.

What role does Wales play in your music?

We all love Wales and we certainly plan to showcase some of the beauty that we’re surrounded by in future video and photo shoots. Musically though we’re definitely inspired much more by American artists than British so I can’t say that it plays a huge roll in the music.

How has Monster Magnet and Jawbox influenced your writing?

The explosion of American bands from the early 90’s had a huge impact on us and the two bands that you mentioned are among another 20 or so that all played their part. Plus the music that you discover in your teens and early 20’s stays with you. Huw, Lino and Matt saw Monster Magnet at Reading in the mid 90’s and anybody who saw that show will know how good it was. I feel that we carry the same kind of vibe as Monster Magnet in that we play hard hitting riffs, strong melodies with songs that can be melancholy yet also make you want to party and dance. It’s kind of like the blues, music for any mood or occasion.

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

Definitely, in fact we recorded the video for the next single yesterday and we’re really happy with how the song is sounding.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yes, the PR campaign will start in two weeks so the release will be 5-6 weeks after which means mid August. Then there will be a four track EP at the end of October.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we tour with Idle Crooks and Englishmen at the end of October in support of the EP. We also have numerous shows in Wales including our first hometown show in over a year. Abergavenny has quite a famous food festival so we’re playing the show on the Friday night and judging by the Facebook reaction already (the show was literally announced 24 hours ago) it looks set to be a good, good night!

What else is happening next in Sweet Ignitions’ world?

We’re going to write throughout July and get a jump on filming the next video for the title track of the EP as in August everybody is on holiday. We’ll be back on the road at the end of August and a real busy end to year with gigs, releases and recording more tracks ready for another EP release early next year and the album for the start of Summer at the latest.

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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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