- Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you for having us! I’m good, the guys are good, just sitting tight during the lockdown here in the U.K.
- Can you talk to us more about your latest single?
The song has been a real labour of love; she had a difficult upbringing. But gradually it’s grown into becoming one of our favourites on the E.P.
- Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not directly, but there are songs on the E.P. which stem from a single moment. With ‘Money, Jeans’ I wanted to write something more up-beat, more uplifting to go against the melancholic instinct I can have as a songwriter. So the music ended up being positive in a pop way but I couldn’t shake the lyrics from being nostalgic.
- The single comes off your new EP Money, Jeans, Sex & Guns – what’s the story behind the title?
The song revolves around the way you constantly compare your life in the present to your life in the past, which I do far too much. Partly because at the beginning of the writing process I had moved back home, and finding a new direction out wasn’t easy. I’m always wanting to be in the place I’m not, grass is always greener, cup half empty etc…it’s tiring, but I also thrive on it creatively.
- How was the recording and writing process?
Some tracks were a slog! The joyful part of the E.P. for me was coming up with new ideas, playing it to the band and if they gave the green light we would work the song into a place where it could be recorded. After that though there was no choice but to lock ourselves up, throw away the key and chip away at it with the computer, until madness set in. We would often watch an episode of Curb (Your Enthusiasm) as an antidote after each long session like this. There were very few times where it just ‘happened’, we wanted everything to be considered but also found that many happy accidents occurred along the way.
- How did the fact this was recorded in different locations get to influence the writing and music on this album?
Locations mainly ranged from my bedroom to Ben’s (drummer) and Simon’s (guitarist/producer) places. There’s not a huge romance in the way that we record, just a room and you get to work with what equipment you have. However, once a year we journey to this middle of nowhere farmhouse (La Chaud) in France belonging to Dominik’s (bassist) family. It’s such a privilege to have access and be able to use it for working. The ridiculous thing is it’s so idyllic – and we usually head there in summer – that getting the work/play balance right can be challenging. We always make sure songs progress and recordings take place but we definitely get better at ping pong as well. We have this dreamy country-esque ballad from a couple of trips ago which completely encapsulates the feeling of La Chaud, crickets chirping and frog calls included; we’re currently re-working it for our next release.
- What aspect of relationships did you get to explore on this record?
So much of it is the relationship I have with myself and at the time being stuck in my hometown of Kingston upon Thames, which is a hard place to leave because it’s a nice place. But you know deep down it’s doing you no good. Every bench, every lamppost, has a memory, I started to feel claustrophobic, like I was surrounded by ghosts of my previous self. So all the songs are referring to relationships I have with people, places, work and myself in that place. I live by the sea in Margate now where I have no memories, so plenty of new ghosts to be made for the next record.
- Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
‘Dr Yen’ is a personal favourite of mine as it tells the experiences of a close friend and his battle with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He’s my biggest inspiration in life as he’s managed to turn something very brutal, frightening and unforgiving into something manageable through self-belief and a dedication to seeing the good in himself and those around him. This song to me is a celebration of his ongoing strength.
- What else is happening next in Little Sister’s world?
We’ve already started a few tracks for our next E.P. and have a long list of demos to consider. We really want to push ourselves sonically and take more risks in the recording process. Obviously for now we’re limited to sending files back and forth between ourselves, and it’s going to be interesting to see how the world reconnects when lockdown is finally over.