INTERVIEW: Irish ten-piece funk/pop band TOUCAN

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

Great! Thanks for having us.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Another Lover’? 

Yeah, for sure. It’s a bit of a change of style to what we’ve released in the past but I’ve been drawn to this style of music over the last year or so, so I wanted to create something a bit more electronic but still with the funky feel.

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

I’m gonna let the song speak for itself on that one!

Any plans to release a video for the track? 

We have some big ideas for the video, but we haven’t had a chance to get around to it just yet. It’s been a fairly crazy few months but hoping to work with some amazing people and get it out in 2020!

Why naming the album after the lyric ‘so easy to love you’? 

Well, my music is generally about the celebration of the person you love and the love you feel for them. I’ve always been drawn to honing in on that and really focusing on that feeling and that all encompassing emotion. Honey is the song with this lyric in it, it’s a song where honey is an embodiment of love, and that the two people are sinking into it indefinitely and becoming immersed, happily. ‘so easy to love you’ is the line from the EP that encapsulates what most of the songs I’ve written are about.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing it something that I’m always doing, so I had the tracks ready for a while before we went to record. As for the recording – it was stressful, but great. As a totally independently funded band, it can be quite hard to get the resources together to record something of really good quality, especially with so many instruments and so many players involved. We were gifted some time in an amazing studio space which made life much easier for us, but with everything that needed recording, it was still tight, so it was a fairly high pressure process.

What role does Ireland play in your music? 

In the music itself, not a huge one I don’t think. The music community here is great and everyone’s really supportive and encouraging so in that sense, Ireland has a massive role within the band’s life. The support we’ve gotten from everyone here over the last year or so has been absolutely sensational.

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

For two of the tracks, it was the same as ever – an unashamedly enthusiastic celebration of love. For the other, it was the first track we’ve released that explores the other side of a relationship, when everything breaks down.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Mostly it’s from my personal life! But for Another Lover specifically, I was inspired during the Summer by the tone of Heard It Through The Grapevine and I think that made its way into the way I approached writing Another Lover.

Any plans to hit the road? 

Yes! We’re doing shows across Ireland & the UK at the moment – Glasgow the 14th, Manchester the 15th and London on the 16th of November. Then Limerick on the 21st and finally doing our biggest one yet in Dublin in The Academy on the 5th of December!

What else is happening next in TOUCAN’s world?

Well we’ve been working really hard to record, mix, produce and release the EP, so that’s been our whole world over the last while. Between that and putting the Autumn tour together, there’s not been a huge amount of planning for 2020 just yet. But once we’re on the other side of this tour, we’ll be trying to book as many shows as possible for next year.

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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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