Hi! Thanks for having us. We’ve been great; really busy at the moment in the lead up to the release of our latest single and its release gig! All good stuff.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Different Kids”?
We wrote ‘Different Kids’ essentially as a love letter to our friends. The track is a quick reminder about being honest with the people closest to you, and as a group we can say we’re proud of how quickly we have learnt the importance of that – hence the line “we caught on quick”.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The main concept of ‘Different Kids’ was to, lyrically, just have fun with some memories of growing up in our town whilst keeping the theme of honesty present. The song features a few lines that reference actual events that we’ve experienced. For example, the line “pushing a fifty-pence through a radio” was inspired by our drummer, Jamie, mistaking a radio for a jukebox after a few too many drinks on a night out and trying to give it money.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Definitely. A music video is something that’s in the works right now and something that we’re very excited about, so stay tuned!
How was the recording and writing process?
For this track in particular, the writing process happened in our practice room. We were just jamming out and playing around with a few different chords and found ourselves with this poppy, bouncy sequence that would later become the verses of the song. We took our rough ideas into the studio which turned into something more like an operating room! By the end of recording it felt like we had literally dissected and operated on this song as we had changed the structure about so much until it sounded exactly how we envisioned it. For example, what is now the bridge of the song was originally going to be our second verse – with its more exclaimed, arena-anthem feel and the drum breakdown. We could go on forever about the process for making this song but we’ll let you carry on.
What role does Sunderland play in your music?
Sunderland plays a massive role in our music. We’re born and bred Mackems and we’re proud of it! The music scene here is growing everyday with lots of new bands pushing through at the moment, such as Picnic and Plastic Glass. Everyone is so supportive of each other and it’s a place that musically keeps us on our toes. The people of Sunderland really champion local music, as we’ve seen in the past with bands like The Futureheads and Maximo Park. It’s things like this that inspire us and make us want to be the next best artists to come out of our city.
How has Kings of Leon and The 1975 influenced your writing?
Both of those bands bring an energy and attitude to their music and to their live performances that we want to find for ourselves. We certainly think that having this in mind influences the way in which we write our own music; we try to write with our live show in mind and how the song is going to sound when played at one of our gigs.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
The goal for 2020 is to put out the new material that we spent the majority of last year working on. We’re aiming to put out around five more songs over the course of the coming months which will eventually be the basis for our first EP. We’re excited to get the new material out there for everyone to hear. We’re proud of what we’ve made so far and can’t wait to see how it’s received.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
That’s something we’re still working on. It’s difficult picking the next single because we love them all. We do, however, have a song in the pipeline called ‘Mr Memory Man’ which is a special one for us. We’ll have to see how the current single plays out first.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’d love to tour one day but don’t have any current plans as of YET – unless someone wants to take us along with them (wink wink).
What else is happening next in Post Rome’s world?
We have an upcoming show for the ‘Different Kids’ single release on 6th March at INDEPENDENT in Sunderland, which we’re really looking forward to. You can find tickets on our Facebook page. Bring your friends, your friend’s friends, your parents, your grandparents, etc.