Danny – Hey! Thank you so much for having us. We’ve been great thank you, yourself?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bleached”?
Reece – Bleached was written around an experience Danny had with a past relationship, unfortunately things weren’t all they seemed and this song many months later became an outlet for his feelings and mindset throughout the situation and healing process. We were lucky enough to get Nick Nowak to feature on the track, we felt like he was the cherry on top for ‘Bleached’.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Danny – Yeah, hugely. This song is about an experience from a couple of years ago that really had death’s grip around my throat.
I was cheated on by someone I was with through a long period of the relationship and I knew all along. I couldn’t talk to her about it at the time as I didn’t want to lose her however her betrayal was eating me up and put me in a life threatening situation.
The soul morale of this song I guess is, every action has an opposite reaction and if you where to know what it’s like to go through it, you wouldn’t fathom ever putting someone through it.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Dylan – I found abandoned barn in a forrest in Colchester and we spent 14 hours filming, we didn’t finish until 1am. It was funny, we was all scared as we kept hearing noises in between each take. Just to top it off my car broke so we couldn’t fit some of the equipment back in my car. Overall working with Oliver Duncanson is always going to be a breeze. He’s the best in the industry.
The single comes off your new album Feel Alive – what’s the story behind the title?
Reece – It may sound a little bit cheesy but isn’t that what everyone wants? To feel alive? There’s so much of a culture going around and it has become a bit of a meme to ‘want to die’ or ‘end me’ and we just wanted to make a record that took various scenarios that we all go through in our youth and lifetime and we wanted to put them into songs with a much lighter and chirpy tone to them. To Feel Alive is what we aim for whoever listens to this record or comes to a SOM UNIT show to feel…and hopefully not ‘I want to die’ haha!
How was the recording and writing process?
Jordan – Both were amazingly fun, the recording was a bunch easier because the hard work was already done by then, working with Dan Kerr at Avenue Studios is always a breeze because you are working with such a professional.
What role does Essex play in your music?
Danny – Essex plays a pivotal role in our lives as it is our home county. There’s a thriving local music scene in the area and because of this, we have developed an amazing fan base. We are insanely grateful and proud of what this county holds, including all the independent venues.
How has the family bond in the band does get to influence the band?
Dylan – I think it does because it helps ideas Reece or myself have get tweaked and judged so we can develop new songs quicker instead of having to wait for the full band to be present. It also helps if one of us is struggling to get an idea across the other usually has a different or better way of explaining it.
How has Loathe and A Day To Remember influenced your writing?
Reece – ADTR have been a bit of an influence from the start, however we actually all properly got into them long after forming our sound. They are the kings of heavy pop punk, we take inspiration from them in the sense that they can go from super heavy in one song to straight up clean and angelic or even a mix in between! With Loathe a lot of us in the band feel as though they have without a doubt pioneered a new sound for the world of heavy music, their whole attention to detail whether it be in songs, visuals or aesthetic truly inspires us. They are just so so good.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Jordan – Most lyrics are taken from real life experiences and some are entirely fictional, usually when the music comes first it’s more likely that the lyrics are fiction because I’m feeling the song out to which I paint a picture or story in my head to then write about.
Any plans to hit the road?
Jules – At the moment we are only playing a few small festivals and regular shows around Essex but we are trying to get as many gigs outside of Essex as possible and maybe even land a tour!
What else is happening next in State of Millenia’s world?
Jules – We are keeping busy with preparation for our album launch, April 3rd 2020, and continuing to write and demo new music!