INTERVIEW: Liverpool duo Police Car Collective

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

Tyler: Thanks! We’ve been doing alright, we actually haven’t been in the same room since March, which has been weird. But all things considered we have been able to figure out how to still get things done in this strange time we are finding ourselves in. I also have recently gone vegan, so that’s been nice.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Guess It’s Over Now”?

Tyler: This was actually the last track we wrote before quarantine and all that, we had a gig booked in February, and since we don’t play with a drummer live, we were a bit concerned about having any down time in our set. Basically I just set out to write an up-tempo tune about a week or so before the gig and it ended up being “I Guess It’s Over Now”

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

Tyler: I think with anything I write inspiration comes from all over the place, lyrically it’s always a bit of my life mixed in with other people’s lives mixed in with stuff I made up, to the point where sometimes I can’t even remember what parts are real and what parts aren’t. Musically though it really came from a big shoegaze phase I was in. If I find a band or genre that I haven’t heard before and I connect to it, I tend to to listen to them/it quite obsessively until it impacts my writing, and “Guess It’s Over” is definitely rooted in those big time shoegaze bands like Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. I really gravitated towards how much raw emotion those groups had in their songs, and I wanted to try and capture that feeling in a modern context.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Tyler: We did actually! It’s funny making videos in quarantine, I think it really forces you to think outside the box.

How was the recording and writing process?

Simon: Pretty simple, I think. Tyler had the main idea and gave it to me so I could figure out a bassline. Originally, I don’t think this track was supposed to be on the EP, but I think we made the right choice by keeping it on.

Tyler: Looking back on it, it’s crazy to me how far this all came. When we originally sat down to track our stuff, the plan was to just make SoundCloud demos or something so we could try and get gigs. Then I ended up talking to my producer friend Joey Burcham in the states about the project, and he was really excited about it, so we ended up sending all the tracks to him to mix. He really deserves a lot of credit, we sort of joke back and forth that he is the “secret third member”, it is a collective after all.

What role does Liverpool play in your music?

Tyler: Being American and moving here, I think Liverpool plays such a huge role in our stuff. I actually used to play in punk and emo bands before moving here, and sort of went through a bit of an identity crisis when I first got here. But then meeting Simon and sort of delving into the history of the Liverpool scene and going to gigs around here, it really changed my whole perspective on everything. I’m really grateful for it.

Simon: It’s a musical city, there’s always something going on gig wise, which I think serves as a good motivator to go out and do it yourself.

What is it about the 80s that you find so fascinating?

Simon: In terms of tech and the recording process, I think a lot changed in the 80s, with samplers and synths and the like. So all the music from that time period definitely has its own sound and vibe, and especially nowadays with the popularity of Stranger Things and whatnot, people are really into it.

Tyler: I just can never get enough of the music from the 80s. I feel like it was such a time for weirdos and for experimenting. I think there’s just such a classic sound associated with the 80s when it comes to how they wrote melodies and structured songs, and I think I am just eternally fascinated with trying to capture that sound in a modern way. Making you feel nostalgic with a song that just came out sort of thing.

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

Tyler: I think we’ve sort of alluded to it a decent amount in various interviews and such, but this single along with the other two are a part of a larger EP, yeah.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Tyler: All I can say is Dog Days are coming.

Any plans to hit the road?

Tyler: No official plans unfortunately, but it is absolutely something we want to do as soon as we can. I still have yet to see most of the major cities in the UK, so I would love to do that.

Simon: Yes

What else is happening next in POLICE CAR COLLECTIVE’s world?

Tyler: Currently I’m going to go make a coffee, if that’s what you mean.


RJ Frometa
Author: 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.

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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