Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Witching Hours”?
Yeah sure, it’s the title track taken from our forthcoming debut album which is being released on 30th August , you can watch the video for the song via our social media pages or listen on all major streaming platforms.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
This song isn’t about a particular instance, more about a particular kind of experience. It’s about a wild night, where substances are a plenty, and meeting someone who is indulging as much as you. It’s about making a connection with someone through your intoxication. You never see that person again and it never goes on to be anything more but for that night you were each others, and in a messed up way there’s something kinda romantic about that
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The video shoot itself was fantastic, very professional and we managed to achieve what we wanted but the after care and authority given to us after the edit is something we personally wouldn’t work with again, we like to own the rights to our own music videos.
Why naming the record after this song in particular?
When trying to think of a name for the album there were many ideas and contenders that were bounced around. Ultimately, the witching hours (the hours between dusk and dawn) are the hours when we are either having a great time or spending a lot of time with our demons and repressed emotions. We felt it summed up the record as a whole pretty well.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was quite simple with this one, it was initially Ben’s musical idea which he demoed first and showed to the rest of the band who then added their own little touches and flares to it and Chris writes the main lyrical ideas.
Recording was great, we recorded the album with our friend Ian Sadler at Emeline Studios in Kent. A few of the band have known Ian going on ten years now so we feel very comfortable laying down tracks with him and he’s always very enthusiastic and great at coming up with little ideas to enhance the songs. With ‘The Witching Hours’ in particular we put some finishing touches to the track with another good friend, Tim Kramer who works out of Signal House Studios in St Albans and he also mixed and mastered the record.
How has Saosin and Underoath influenced your writing?
Call us touchy but we don’t like the word influence because it implies a direct imprint/rip off and we like to think we have a sound of our own, We prefer the term inspired by and we were all very inspired growing up by those two bands especially. They particularly have a great blend of heavy and melodic which is something we incorporate into our music and it’s really powerful emotionally which is something we also incorporate, music that makes you feel something inside!
What role does South East England play in your music?
Not really a big part these days, there is no scene in our local area anymore due to majority of the local venues closing down and a lot of bands that we used to play with regularly in the early days are no longer about, but I think that adds to our frustrations and determination of trying to get our music out there and getting it noticed.
What aspect of depression and anxiety did you get to explore on this record?
Wow, ok. So I guess this is why we write songs like this because it gives us a chance to purge these negative emotions. A few of the songs deal with depression through addiction and realising you’re in it but not really doing anything to help yourself. There are songs about being down and anxious that you’re not living up to your family’s lineage or expectations, there’s songs about not living up to your own expectations aswell as the frustrations of being in a band and putting your all into something and being constantly knocked back. There aren’t many songs that explain how to actually deal with it though… I guess this is something we are still learning but being in a band and having this outlet is definitely a positive thing for us.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I think the last answer pretty much covered that but in general just real life situations or an emphasised version of real life events etc
Any plans to hit the road?
We have a few dates scattered about over the summer and we are currently putting things in place now for a tour nearer the end of the year once the album is released.
What else is happening next in AVAGRACE’s world?
Our second single should be released some time in August and then the full length will be out August 30th, hopefully some more touring opportunities and as we always say within this industry who knows what the future may hold but remain positive!