INTERVIEW: Small Town Saviours

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

Hey VENTS! Really good, thanks for having us!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Boy Who Cried Wolf”?

This is our first release. It’s a straight up no nonsense stomper of a tune. A biting little number that doesn’t apologise for its lyrical content …..a great introduction to Small Town Saviours!

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

Not so much an event but an unfortunate combination of various poisonous people that I have encountered in my life and I felt I had to have my say and fight back through the medium of song.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The video was made by Jay Hillyer, who we’ve worked with on other projects, and took place in a pole dancing studio!  We wanted a simple performance video as we felt it would make sense to go back to basics and introduce the band in an honest way – not relying on dancing girls or smoke and mirrors or anything. Working with Jay is always good – he understands what we are trying to achieve and always gives it his all.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording was great, it was fun bringing it to life in the studio after thrashing it out in the practice room. The writing was fairly easy with this particular song. The music came together quickly from Skinny coming up with the initial riff, to the band just jamming it at practice until we had the finished article. 

What was it like to work with Dave Draper and how did that relationship develop?

Dave is fantastic. He works so quickly and knew exactly what we were trying to achieve with these songs. Our drummer, Carl, had worked with him on a previous project – Stevie R Pearce & The Hooligans – which I’d heard and it sounded great. He’s also worked with some of my favorite artists so it just had to be done you know?!

How much did he get to influence the song?

To be honest he didn’t change much of the structure of the overall song. It was more a few small suggested adjustments/cuts which I’m glad we went along with as it streamlined it nicely! But Dave had more influence on the production and on turning it into a snarling beast of a finished song……He’s certainly got the magic ear!!

What role does the UK play in your music?

Our music is influenced by lots of things and the UK is definitely in the mix. We see UK bands all the time so we are always going to be influenced by that. We have seen a lot of UK venues being closed (and a couple that have been saved) so it’s hard to predict how it will pan out with regards to having places to play, but there are still a few good people out there willing to fight the good fight to try to keep our scene alive.

How has Kiss and Green Day influenced your writing?

Both bands have a non clutter approach to writing and structuring. We have big riffs and pounding drums like Kiss. With Green Day it’s their melodies that usually come through, although that influence maybe isn’t quite so evident with this particular song. Having said that, I find it difficult to say exactly what or who a song sounds like once it’s finished. It’s more a general vibe you get when you first start messing with a riff.

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

Yes, you certainly can! We’ve actually just finished filming the video for our next single.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The next single will be called ‘Cry’. It’s more of a melodic poppy song than Boy Who Cried Wolf with a 50’s Rock n’ Roll style to it. It should be out in a couple of months.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we’ve got a few shows lined up already including the main stage at the Hampshire Octoberfest, Shoreditch and some local shows in Newbury and Basingstoke.

What else is happening next in Small Town Saviours’ world?

We’ve just tapped into a new creative vein and been writing a ton of new songs so we’ll be back in the studio, with Dave, in September to lay those down. Gig wise, we will be looking to fill our diaries as soon as we can. So be quick to book us in!

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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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