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INTERVIEW: Citrus Heights

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

We have been great thank you. After celebrating our new single, we are just getting ready to go on tour at the same time as preparing some more music to release next year.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Weekend”?

Weekend is a song that acts as a commentary over the sceneof mad weekends spent in the nightlife. Its upbeat though slightly melancholy in parts.

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

The instrumentation of the track was born before any of the lyrics existed and from the inspiration of the chords and rhythm, I found myself immediately transported back to times when I’ve woken up from a late night with loss of memory and consideration for what might have happened. I also found myself focusing on other people’s stories too and how others also have regrettable nights out where they wake up with the need to hide in bed away from any consequences or embarrassment. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

That it something that we would really enjoy, and we have plenty of ideas for one. The issue is that our ideas are ambitious, and budgets are limiting. If we can control our imagination with more focus, then perhaps a video could materialise

How was the recording and writing process?

The track was recorded and produced entirely by us, so we are entirely and proudly responsible for the way it’s turned out.

Fortunately, Ben (lead guitar) as well as being a strong songwriter he has spent the past few years becoming a very talented producer. This meant that we could let him take the wheel with the production of the song and it’s great to have him in control.

If I am totally honest, the song was very different very close to our deadline and we had a last-minute change of direction in the final week. It got a little stressful with time constraints but it’s our fault and it was worth it!

What role does the UK play in your music?

Well it’s our own constant influence in itself, but I find that our music struggles to find its place in the UK. People like to put bands in boxes, and I am not sure where we fit, especially with this new song. We love the UK music scene very much and we don’t shy away from comparison and fighting for our place but sometimes we get put in what we would consider to be the wrong place. 

How has Stevie Wonder and Maroon 5 influenced your writing?

Stevie is a constant part of our influence. We spend hours watching old videos of him performing with big bands and we always end up fascinated, even if it’s the hundredth time we are watching it. 

And I’m going to be honest, I think we just tied ourselves to Maroon 5 because they are a band that stayed almost completely in the realm of pop without being categorised with all the other bands at the time. they don’t really deeply influence our music style, but we do like playing their songs as covers sometimes and it’s great that they are still relevant today.

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

Yes, we have multiple songs that we want to share. we are taking our time with each one so that we’re totally happy with the sound when we decide to release each song.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Song titles can change too easily for us so I can’t really say much about that! One of our songs is currently titled Gordon Ramsey, which is either genius or problematic, I can’t decide. Anyway, February looks like a good month to release another track at the moment.

Any plans to hit the road?

On the 23rd of November we start our tour in Newcastle and then we will be hitting Sheffield before our Leeds and London shows.

What else is happening next in Citrus Heights’ world?

Apart from constantly making more music and eating vast amounts of pizza, we are looking to bring some new and unexpected elements to our sound. Expect different instruments and different flavours from us 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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