All good thank you very much. Excited that the album is finished and ready to release.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “This Fool”?
Sure thing. “This Fool” is a good old Rock track to be honest. We thought it was a good introduction to the album. Its got plenty of hooks throughout and an opportunity to mess around with some “Dad-Rock guitar solos”.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not a particular event in my own life, but one witnessed in a friend’s relationship. This track is about forcing a relationship to work when it really isn’t going to. Obviously inspired by the wise words of Shakespeare, it’s about being taken advantage of yet being fully aware you are no fool. It’s about the fear of the unknown feeling far worse than being used as a doormat.
Any plans to release a music video for the single?
We have just released a lyric video for “This Fool” The next video and single will be released in September.
The single comes off your new album Blood From A Stone – what’s the story behind the title?
Self doubt is something I’ve been tackling for years. I realise that I’ve been going round in circles chasing perfection with everything I do and become frustrated in the process. That, on top of the fact I don’t usually feel comfortable expressing emotion with words. This album has been a therapeutic way of admitting I’m hard work at times….like getting blood from a stone.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process began a few years ago although the tracks sounded very different back then. I intended to avoid as much of my Rock influences as possible to see if I could produce something a little more mellow. Problem is I enjoy the sound of overdriven guitars way too much!!
The recording process was thoroughly enjoyable. The drums were captured at Old Library Studios in Mansfield, but the bass, guitars and vocals tracked at my home studio. This was also the first time I’ve self mixed and mastered. It’s worth mentioning 2 key individuals who helped me bring this album to life. My fellow Parallax Method band mates: Ben Edis and Dave Wright. Ben recorded all bass parts and Dave tracked all drum parts as well as mixing and mastering with me. I was honoured to have them be part of it.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?
Very much so. In previous bands, my role was heavily based around the guitars. Isolysis was seated in the metal genre, Emperor Chung in the prog rock concept arena and The Parallax Method is instrumental prog and more composition based. This album is focusing more on songwriting, vocals and lyrics. Still PLENTY of guitar parts though!
What role does the Midlands play in your music?
I grew up in the East Midlands. The majority of my shows have been in the Midlands. I think there is something really special about the music scene and fans in the Midlands. I have a lot of fond memories and it will always be special to play a home town show.
How does your newfound parenthood get to influence the writing on this record?
These songs were written before becoming a father. That being said, parenthood has given me the encouragement to pursue something I’ve been putting off for a long time. Watching and helping my child learn things for the first time is incredibly inspiring for me. We grow older and forget too easy what it’s like to be true to oneself and not be afraid of judgement.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Aside from my experiences, I’ve found influence from friends and family. Even books, TV, Film and imagination. The music always starts in my head and the guitar helps me release that. The lyrics are influenced by the mood of the music.
Any plans to hit the road?
To be honest it was never my intention to play any live shows with this album. My only plan was to release it for people to hear. Having said that I am being swayed towards potentially doing a one off show later in the year. I’ll never say never to hitting the road though.
What else is happening next in your world?
I continue to write more music, which will hopefully develop into another album. I’m busy recording with The Parallax Method at the moment as well. We are playing Bloodstock this summer.
Aside from the music, you’ll find me watching Peppa Pig!!