INTERVIEW: Call To The Faithful

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

Hey. Yeah, we’re really great thanks. Trying to stay positive during this pandemic and doing what we can to keep scratching that creative itch. We can’t wait to be back out there playing shows once this is all over.

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

‘Demons’ is written from the perspective of someone that is battling the demons inside their own head. Mental health is a topic that we are so passionate about and we wanted to write a song that touched on that which we hope will resonate with people and help them process their own battle. The single is coming out during mental health awareness week and we are going to donate all proceeds from it to a mental health charity.

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

Mental health issues are something that all of us have experienced in one way or another, either directly or indirectly. The conversation around mental health is growing considerably and that’s great to see, so we wanted to contribute to that discussion and do what we can to help keep it at the forefront of people’s minds.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We always knew we wanted to release a video to accompany this song and our ambitions and the size of the project to deliver this concept we had formed was a big factor in why it has taken us so long to get here. The video to Demons is a hard-hitting visualisation of someone who is struggling with the monotony of their existence and losing the battle against their demons. It’s being released on 23/05, the day after the single comes out and we cannot wait for people to see what we have created.

How was the recording and writing process?

When writing Demons, we had the lyrics and the music, but something just wasn’t clicking. The structure of the song and the melody just wasn’t right until one day we just started playing with something different – a more stripped back and slower-building style and as soon as we played it that way the first time we just knew that we had landed on what we had been looking for. Heading into the studio, our producer David Leighton at Riverrun Studios really helped us kick the song to the next level – we introduced some string elements with Ethan playing the double-bass and a session violinist to give it more depth and the rest is history.

What role does Peterborough play in your music?

Peterborough is lucky to have an independent music venue in the Met Lounge, which is so supportive to the local grass-roots scene and it’s where we have been cutting our teeth and honing our craft for the first 18 months of this band.

How has Don Broco influenced your writing?

Don Broco are a band that we have a lot of admiration for, it is lyrics from their song ‘Come Out To L.A.’ which inspired our band name and we have been to see them live as a group a bunch of times, but we wouldn’t say they influence our writing style. They’re definitely an inspiration for the energy which they give off on stage which we try to emulate, but I would say our writing is more influenced by sounds like Rage Against The Machine or Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. Our upcoming single is much slower and more melodic than we typically produce – usually we like to combine big riffs with punchy lyrics to create something loud and in your face.

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

We’re working on our first EP which we had just gotten into the studio and started recording shortly before the coronavirus pandemic so we are super excited to get back in and finish that off once this is all over.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We hope that we can get back into the studio sooner rather than later and have the EP out by the end of the year. The EP doesn’t have a title yet but the 3 songs we have going into it so far are called ‘Animals’, ‘Thieves & Liars’ and ‘Cliché’.

What other dark themes will you tackle moving on?

We just want to speak out wherever we see injustice or wherever we think someone could benefit from being given an additional voice to their cause. Homelessness is something that we feel strongly about and we have talked a lot about wanting to explore what we can do to help in that space, be it volunteering and/or putting on some sort of benefit show.

Any plans to hit the road when the current situation lessens?

Once this pandemic is over then you can expect to find us at rescheduled shows across the UK in London, Northampton, Rotherham, Cannock, Stamford, Peterborough & Cambridge – dates TBC.

What else is happening next in Call to the Faithful’s world?

We just want to get back to doing what we love most. Being forcibly kept apart due to the current situation I think has really opened all of our eyes to how much we need this band and this creative outlet to keep our sanity so I think Call to the Faithful will be a lot stronger coming out of this. In the meantime, you can pre-save or pre-order our upcoming single Demons at https://ditto.fm/demons-call-to-the-faithful or find us on all the usual platforms at www.linktr.ee/calltothefaithful

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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