INTERVIEW: Of Concrete Gods

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

Nik – We felt like it was a good statement to make as our debut single. It covers the gambit of darkness, melody, and anger, so can hopefully let everyone know who we are.

We’ve been using it as a closer for our live show, and we’ve noticed that it’s made a real connection with fans, so wanted to make sure we got it down and out into the world.

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

Nik – No one single event, but lyrically it is about feeling like the “other”, the “outsider”, never really connecting with other people. 

Obsidian is a black stone, it is very brittle and can break easily, creating dangerous sharp edges. THe song is an exploration of how it can be to feel like that as a person. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Nik – Because lockdown kicked in while we were in the middle of mixing the track, we couldn’t get in a room and make a performance video, so we comissioned a lyric video instead. 

How was the recording and writing process?

Nik – We’re an old school garage rock band, so our writing process is very much jam-based. Guys will come in with riffs, and we’ll bash them out until a song starts to take shape.

Recording was a genuine delight, Tim from Signal House made us feel right at home and helped us shape and get the most out of the song. 

What role does Luton play in your music?

Boulder – Luton is very underrated, and has a really strong music scene, more so than a lot of towns of the same size. There are loads of venues offering different styles from different promoters.

Nik – It’s also very originals-focused, not driven by the cover band scene that you see in a lot of other towns.

Paul – It’s a massively creative town, fuelled by a diverse population. 

Boulder – At the end of the day, none of us would know each other if it wasn’t for the Luton music scene. The [email protected] movement that was started by Chriss Randall brought most of us together. 

Paul – Luton gets a lot of bad press for various reasons, but you very rarely hear the positive stories. Music should be talked about more. 

How has Alice in Chains and Stone Sour influenced your writing?

Nik – They’re both bands that are driven by big riffs and strong melodies. There’s also a darkness that comes across in a tangilble way. 

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

Nik – We’ve got plans to record an entire album, one side heavy and one side acoustic. We just need the studio (and the world) to open back up so we can get back to recording it.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nik – It’s all in flux at the moment, but ideally we’d like to have it ready for Christmas. No title as yet, a lot of ideas are still processing. 

Any plans to hit the road after the pandemic?

Nik – Absolutely. We live for live shows, so the lockdown in the UK has been really hard on us. 

What else is happening next in Of Concrete Gods’ world?

Nik – We’re making the most of the lockdown by writing material for the acoustic side of the album, which means that we’ll want to look at maybe some stripped back gigs as soon as we can. 

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