We’ve been very well thank you, we’ve had a little bit of down time around the festive period. However, we’re back in full flow with a lot coming up these next couple of months.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “What can I say?”?
What Can I Say? is our most energetic and fierce release to date. From the fuzzy driven riffs to the rhythmically clapped hook, the track doesn’t let you stop for a breath.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
The song came from quite a frustrating song-writing time for me. Sometimes songs come together quite naturally, instead I had a period of overthinking every aspect of what I was writing. After not getting anywhere and when I did, not being happy with what I had, something clicked. I stopped worrying about what the songs should sound like and the fundamentals of what it is a ‘Pioneers’ song. Instead I wrote what came natural to me, the song describes how we are not here to conform to the ‘norm’ for guitar bands and instead are doing our own thing. I think through this process we’ve probably found the most ‘Pioneers’ song yet.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
There are plans for a video, but we can’t really say much more than that.
How was the recording and writing process?
We recorded this track with the same producer we’ve always used, Joe Lewis-Brown at Aubitt Studios. He really helped us bring this track to life; I think from working with him for so long he’s really helped us develop our sound and I think that’s highlighted with this track.
What made you guys go deep into themes like nostalgia?
I think it’s almost a way of escapism. At different points in all our lives, it’s hit us how quickly time really does move. Sometimes it’s nice to look back to how thing were and how you’ve evolved;as well remembering what you once were. I think everyone can relate to nostalgia as everyone has a past.
What role does the UK play in your music?
UK music is thriving more then ever. Every genre you could imagine is currently smashing it. I say ‘genre’ very loosely as we don’t believe in being stuck to a genre. I think in more recent times the term is very outdated. I think that’s partly the reason why there are so many great UK artists breaking through at the moment, as people are recording and putting out what’s true to themselves. I’m excited about the resurgence of guitar bands, there was a period of time where they took the back seats for a while, but there’s now a lot coming through, There’s definitely something bubbling under the surface.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
The great thing we have right now, is an arsenal of songs. It’s picking what to put out that’s the hard thing! Expect more singles throughout the year, but don’t expect a certain sound, as we’ve said we don’t like to confine ourselves.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Nothing to say on this…yet.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’ve got a couple shows announced, but we’ve got a lot more to come so do keep an eye out and see if we’ll be near you!
What else is happening next in Pioneers’ world?
We’re always writing new material. We also have our biggest show of our careers on 13th March in our hometown of Southampton. Last time out we sold out 400, but this time we’re heading to The 1865 with a 500 cap. Shows like this really is the pinnacle of this band.