Hey! We’ve good, excited for our new track to be out there we’ve been sat on it for a while and it’s been nice to see the response.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Chemicals”?
For us Chemicals was the obvious choice for our first single, from our upcoming EP dreamful. It’s starts with a bang, and has that contrast between soft/delicate and that out pour of life frustration in the form of dirty guitar/bass and punchy drums.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Joe and Aaron were just chatting about life whilst driving to see some bands. Whilst trying to articulate what we meant we came up with some cool ways of describing feelings etc that ended up as lyrics. Was just a conversation between mates that ended up coming back to the band.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
We when up to Liverpool to work with our friend Matty, from clearway media. We had a great time in the city when we last played a show there so made a weekend of it! Matty is so well prepared and that just makes the process of having a camera in your face a little but easier. Our friend Luke stars in the narrative, he went to drama school and again working with a professional just makes the process so smooth so you can enjoy it and not sweat over minor issues. The toughest part was probably carrying our gear up 6 flights of stairs to do the band shots! All in all was probably the easiest video we’ve shot but that was due to excellent planning and fantastic people.
The single comes off your new EP Dreamful – what’s the story behind the title?
We discussed a few titles, but the difficulty was trying to get something that wasn’t too long and captured a theme of the EP. We liked dreamful as it was a less obvious lyric from a track and had a more hopeful vibe – something we’d like people to take away from our songs.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was slightly different this time to on our previous EP. On this EP Joe wrote the bulk of a track, would send it over and Aaron/Connor would put their touches to it, suggest new ideas, revisions etc… We also spent slightly less time stressing on the electronic sounds at home, focussing on the melody and arrangement being spot on and using the studio time for refining tones/synths.
We recorded with Simon Jackman again on this EP. Not only is he a good friend of ours but he totally gets what we do. He was part of the same Reading scene as we were growing up and I think that helps the collaborative effort. We didn’t need to do as many structure changes on this EP, we clearly picked up stuff from working with him on the last EP. It’s amazing hearing your tracks go from home demos to tonally beautiful with a full range of frequencies. As a band we really get into the sonics of it, maybe we (Aaron) can be a bit of a pain wanting to try stuff but those final touches and the experimentation all help the final piece.
How has 30 Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park influenced your writing?
We’ve all been fans of Linkin Park from Hybrid Theory all the way through. They’ve always been experimental bringing different ideas to rock and metal in addition to having deep lyrics. I think you can hear in our sounds and style their influence. 30 seconds to Mars just have a fantastic sound. It’s always perfectly soft and intimate or huge an anthemic.
What role does the UK play in your music?
The UK is where we’ve played all our shows to date! Although we hope to change this in the future. On a wider point, the music scene in the UK fluctuates as years go by but it’s always been a home for us. Long before InAir was ever a thought, as 13/14 year olds we’d be hanging out our local venue seeing bands – some went on to do cool things, (Don Broco, Royal Blood, Deaf Havana) some were just having fun. But it’s awesome to still be part of it and make new friends at every show.
What aspect of depression did you get to explore on this record?
We wanted to write about different parts of being depressed and the road to recovery. For example, chemicals is a song about anti-depressants and the hesitation that one can have when accepting medical help. In general the EP explores the lows of depression but finishes with optimism and a positive note.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
It’s cliche but inspiration mostly comes from life experiences. The Final song off the EP is called Life Finds A Way which is a quote from Jeff Goldblum in jurassic park but it’s not supposed to be a reference!
Any plans to hit the road?
We’ve got a few shows in August – Cheltenham 09/08 , Oxford 11/08, London 15/08. We’ll be announcing a load more shows in September, October and November soon so keep your eyes peeled for those.
What else is happening next in INAIR’s world?
Our EP comes out in Sept, we have shows booked for autumn/winter to be announced soon. We’re always working on new songs, some of which you’ll hear some of which will stay on a hard drive forever! We’re also hoping to bring our live shows to new places and bigger audiences.