INTERVIEW: Broken Calling

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

Jack – as good as good can be. Missing playing live though

Martin – Tired I work in care so it’s been a pretty stressful year and with no gigs to vent… the first show we can play again I might genuinely explode.

Connor – Can’t really complain, unless it’s about the government or the blues of missing live shows. GET ME BACK ON TOUR DAMMIT

Callum – tired and bored, I want the gigs back.

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

Martin – it’s a wonderful ballad about a country coming together to solve its current crisis by cleansing it with fire.

Connor – It’s angry, it’s loud, and it’s Boris Johnson’s most played track on Spotify

Callum – It’s the perfect thing to scream at the top of your lungs

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

Martin – For myself the riff came from the first lockdown just messing around with Callum, playing something boppy when the entire country was kinda maudlin and drinking too much, just wanted to capture some joy.

Connor- I was just p**sed off at the world and needed to vent at how angry I was, also whiskey was probably involved 

Callum – lots of messing around on the guitar through boredom, it was a good enough excuse to use a wah in a solo

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

Martin – As soon as we can meet with a video crew we will.

Connor – We have a Lyric Video out we shot ourselves, but when we can get together with a video crew we are gonna jump around and annoy some Tories (James – annoying Tories being the important part)

How was the recording and writing process?

Martin – The writing process, as usual, was the easiest part. Once we all get our heads down with a tune it’s done inside an hour. Then just play play play until we get in the studio. Then it’s one bangs all day giving us time to mess around with shrek clips. Gotta say though Mikey who produced made it super easy and was gassed on the song which just egged us on. Easily the best guitar sound I’ve ever had.

Connor – It started with the String boys (Callum, Martin and James) making some racket, then it comes to me and Jack with the drums and lyrics, then it’s a HUGE RACKET. Then Mikey from Rogue Recording Studios said “This needs a Shrek sample”. And the rest is Drunk History.

James – the only reason the shrek sample idea came about was because on the journey up we had all the Shrek soundtracks in the car. Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life

What role does London and Dover play in your music?

Martin – London is kinda our local stomping ground, Dover just where I live.

Connor – Both are pretty depressing at the moment so it keeps our music angry, if things get better, we will become an 80s cover band

Callum – Dover just gives the drives to gigs more time to build up hype

How has Slipknot and Lamb of God influenced your writing?

Jack – pretty heavily for me, Jay and Joey are two of my favourite drummers, but Chris Adler is top dog for me. I love Art Cruz and what he’s brought to LOG but Chris is the OG!!

Martin – Just that hype and bravado in both bands playing. When you hear a lot of their songs the excitement is palpable and that pushes me to write in a way where all it makes you wanna do is move.

Connor – Anger, Bile, Noise, Fun 🙂

Callum – so much energy, aggression and hype, how could you not be influenced?

James – not in the slightest because they’re both overrated and generic. FITE ME

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

Martin – We’ve got an extensive backlog of ideas; it’s been a long year so that’s to be expected.  With the songs we already have down maybe a double album. Then release all of them as singles because ADD

Jack – Hell yes. We’re ready to go back in the studio and record

Connor – A magician never reveals his secrets, or whatever Dynamo said.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Jack – no date yet as we are running a campaign on Redemption

Martin – Many titles though for songs and EPs. Titanic two, iceberg boogaloo comes to mind, sure fire hit that one.

What else is happening next in Broken Calling’s world?

Jack – we’re looking into doing some sort of live stream once lockdown is lifted so watch this space!

Martin – Creating a super vaccine so we can get on the road again. Won’t just cure Covid but also stupidity. We’ve got Trump as the first candidate for trials.

Callum – maybe win the lottery to start a gear collection to rival all the biggest bands.

Connor – World Domination, but before that, McDonald’s Probably.


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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