We’ve been great thanks, busy as always, but that’s how we like it!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Hold”?
‘The Hold’ is the opening track from our debut album. It’s thunderous and fast paced. We saw it as the ideal opener for the album and it really sets the tone of what we’re about. It’s beginning to be a very popular live track too.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It is a song inspired by unity and hopefulness. The track has feelings of past despair and sadness, and the want for a better future. We believe that our generation is under so much pressure, more than any other generation before us, and we really feel that our music resonates with this very modern issue.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
We worked with Chris Ogden of Long Chalk Media for this one. The ideas going into this video were very vague as we wanted the video to have a natural flow to it, so we didn’t think too hard leading up to the shoot about what we wanted to do. We had our location and that was it really. Through collaboration with Chris and the great input of the star in the video, Daniel Morton, we came up with something that looks great and matches the mood of the track.
The single comes off your new album No Modern Desire – what’s the story behind the title?
The album took it’s name from the idea of two worlds colliding, with an age of modern technology seemingly taking over, it’s easy to get side tracked and ultimately become blind to the beauty of life. It’s a look at the past and the future and how they can influence your life.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording and writing process is always very much something that we look forward to. We love the creative opportunities that come with it and we never really take ‘complete’ songs into the studio with us, as we’re always experimenting and adding things as we go. This is partly down to the producer that we work with, Will Stocks, a bit of a local Sheffield legend, is our behind the scenes third member who puts so much life into our music during the recording and mixing process.
What role does Sheffield play in your music?
Sheffield is a real hub for live music. There are shows happening every night of the week. While Sheffield isn’t necessarily mentioned in our music, having had the opportunity to play many shows in our early days helped us hone in on our live set and stage presence. This is something that helped us a lot as an up and coming band.
How has Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone Age influenced your writing?
We’ve had many different influences throughout our musical lives, and it shows in our writing. We explore different time signatures, mixing heavier riffy music with soft vocals and the structures of our songs are very much something we love to mix up. Bands like Queens of The Stone Age, Death From Above, Biffy Clyro, Turbowolf and more left field influences in terms of our genre, like Bon Iver; have all left marks in our songwriting minds.
While Royal Blood have never directly influenced our music, it is easy to draw comparisons. What they have done, is pave a way for other duos to be heard and this can only be a good thing.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
We express our views on modern times and the beauty of things in life that we all experience, but also the not so good in people and the doubts that you may have of yourself in every day life. We feel that we get a lot of inspiration in our lyrics when we look into these matters.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’re currently in the middle of a September tour, and we will be announcing new shows for the end of the year very soon. Head over to our social media platforms to find out more!
What else is happening next in Perfectparachutepicture’s world?
In the immediate future, we will be appearing on Sheffield’s BBC Introducing show this Saturday (14th September) performing some tracks from our debut album in a live session. Tune in on the iPlayer.