Hi Jimmy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello! I’m pretty good on the whole. How about you?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Kinder World”?
Sure, it’s a sort of slightly sad pop song, well pop for me anyways! It’s supposed to represent a moment of euphoria after giving up. Trying to keep your head above water, trying to make sense of everything, trying to slow your head down and suddenly, no I’ve had enough, let go. Take a step back from everything, accept this sadness within you and just watch the world for a while.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
My brother died in 2019 so it’s all about that really. I have a lot of songs to come that were written quite soon afterwards and they are very explicitly about him, his death and the grief. Kinder World is a little more subtle. Like I said it’s like slowing down, not running away from the demons anymore and letting them wash over you. There’s a few lines ‘Why did you have to go, to a place where I can’t follow? My world is your Ghost, and all my thoughts are you’, that’s like, recognising what’s wrong and why I’ve been running/struggling and then ‘Take a breath and count, sentiment squashing the last of the doubt, you ring in my ears again, I am younger now than I was back then’ is the moment where I kind of let go and feel somehwhat rejuvenated. It’s constant cycle, I get better and start participating in life but then I fire on all cylinders and don’t take the time to grieve and everything builds up until it’s too much, but I always seem to manage to calm down. Running from grief, even if you don’t mean to, is dangerous.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was really fun and kind of funny, my friend Chloe filmed the whole thing and she’s such a good director I just followed her lead. It’s always nice when you can do those things with friends. We were both on board with the direction, when you don’t have a huge budget you have to be a bit more conceptual with these things. I love that it’s a cold/windy landscape and I’m out there in a suit. There’s something really uncomfortable about having to be up close with my face. Recounting the lyrics. I like the vulnerability.
How was the recording and writing process?
I had version of songs knocking around for a while but in the end it was so straightforward, I did all of the guitars and vocals in less than two hours and then sent it to my producer friend Joe (Wild Front) who played drums and added additional production. A bit of a contrast to other stuff I have coming where I’ve worked on it for a long long time.
What role does Brighton play in your music?
It’s so vital when it comes to live shows. Hope & Ruin and Green Door Store are two of my favourite venues in the world and I’ve had nights I’ll never forget there. Also we’re so lucky to have places like Brighton Electric and small pond studios in Brighton. Very high quality rehearsal studios and such a vibe and community built around them. The music scene in Brighton gives your the confidence to be daring, I’ve found it a good home to be as expressive as I wish to be.
How have bands like The National and Death Cab For Cutie influenced your writing?
The thing I love the most about The National is their delivery and articulation, they can take a simple thing and make you really feel it. They have definitely inspired me to dig deeper with my lyrics and get out of my comfort zone with my vocabulary. ‘I was carried, to Ohio in a swarm of bees’ is a really fucking cool way of saying I returned home drunk. I haven’t listened to tons of Death Cab but whenever I’ve heard a song or two it gets me feeling really creative.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
It does, lots in fact. I’m going to put out another song early next year and then there’s some reaaaaaaly interesting stuff coming, some songs I’ve been working on for a long time, I’ve been waiting for the right moment to put them into production and release them. They’re very emotional pieces of work.
What else is happening next in Jimmy Herrity’s world?
It’s a really busy and exciting time. We’re always talking to people about potentially working together, building up the team. We’re always looking at making a return to the live circuit where it’s possible, when that happens I’m going to make it fucking spectacular. I’ll give everything I’ve got, we’re only here once you know so do what you love and do it fiercely. Some people will hate it, some people will love it, but just do it. There’s not worse feeling than wishing you had done something. Always try.
WATCH: Kinder World video – https://found.ee/jhkwvideo