INTERVIEW: COLLECTED

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

Yooo, thanks for having us! We’ve been good thank you. Just been trying to get back to some form of normality since all the pandemic madness hit but we’re excited to have the ball rolling again and be releasing new music. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Love With Fury”?

Yeah of course. So, lyrically when it started out Love With Fury was about a toxic relationship and focused on the internal battles experienced in situations like that but after recording some demo versions and playing about with different concepts, Liam ended up rewriting some sections and twisting the lens a bit. The final concept is that it’s actually about the relationship humanity shares with the planet but he wanted it to portray it as if it’s still about two people and goes between both their perspectives. It reminds me a bit of the song ‘I gave you power’ by Nas where he raps like he’s talking from a guns perspective which I find really interesting. But yeah, we really do love how the song ended up and we can’t wait for the release.     

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

Not necessarily a particular event. I remember the basic idea came from a conversation Haitch and Liam were having. We were just chatting about some documentary we’d seen and about how humanity has literally none stop abused the planet for centuries, dropping bombs, testing weapons, tearing down forests, huge corporations polluting constantly etc. and how the people doing that try to justify it. That somehow progressed onto us linking the topics and thinking it’s similar to how an abusive partner in a relationship will often try to justify they’re actions and will usually act surprised when the person on the receiving end of the abuse retaliates in some way.   

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

Yeah we actually have a visualiser for Love With Fury coming out on the release day.  

How was the recording and writing process?

With the current state of the world we had some hurdles but it was a pretty standard process to be honest. Due to the lockdown all the guitars, bass and synth was recorded at home but usually we would do that anyway for a single. Then during the gap between the first and second UK lockdown we managed to safely get the vocals and live drums recorded at our friend Wayne’s studio (Unit One, Colchester). After that we sent it all to our producer Matt Williams and he worked alongside us to shape the mix into what it is today. We really love working with Matt as he brings his own ideas and perspective to the music.     

What role does Essex play in your music?

I’ve never really thought about that to be honest but probably a lot. It’s got it’s own vibe Essex. So maybe we bring that to our music? I don’t know. I will say the area of Essex we grew up in wasn’t the best place at times if I’m honest. Very discriminatory place and as well as that it had little love for it’s live music scene but we made the best of it and that’s led us here thankfully. And as well, if it wasn’t for venues and promoters like our good friend at Impious Spirit Productions and the great places in Essex like Colchester and Chelmsford, we wouldn’t be where we are today that’s for sure. So it’s a mixed feeling with that question really.         

How has letlive and Every Time I Die influenced your writing?

We definitely take a lot of inspiration from their energies. We always want to capture that lively vibe these two bands do so well so whenever we write we have the audience and energy in mind. Also if you’ve ever seen us live or heard our music you’ll know our vocalist Liam take tons of inspiration from them both them bands. He loves that rawness and the attitude they convey so well. 

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

Perhaps..…….haha nah I’m just messing. We’re heading into the studio in July to record an EP which we’re well excited for. We’ll be working once again with our favourite producer Matt Williams so yeah, it’s gonna dope. Keep an eye out.  

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No we don’t have a release date just yet but we’d be more than happy to have another chat with VENTS! when we do. As for the title we have some ideas floating about but again, nothing set in stone yet. 

What else is happening next in COLLECTED’s world?

So after the release of Love With Fury we have two shows lined up. The first is at Coda in Colchester alongside two great local bands, State Of Millenia and Beyond Extinction. That’s happening on 23rd June and after that we’re actually playing in a Metal 2 The Masses Essex all dayer on 3rd July. Which if we win, we’d get a spot playing at bloodstock festival and after finishing as runners-up last time we’re really excited to be back again.    

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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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