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INTERVIEW: Bridges

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

Heya! Thanks, it’s nice to be here. 

We’re all doing pretty well all things considered – been a weird year but excited for things to get better!

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

Up is a song about letting go, generally not to worry so much – especially over things we can’t control. It’s easy to get wrapped up in moments that really won’t impact us for more than the short term. Similarly, it’s a song about growing up whilst also enjoying all life throws at you. 

We wanted to explore pedals, samples and sounds – tonally for us the aim was more of a rock track akin to influences of ours like Manchester Orchestra. Using some really heavy fuzz and distortion elements, without it feeling like a dead heavy tune. 

First time we’ve really dived into feedback as a feature, was a lot of fun to mess around with. 

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

Not one event in particular, but certainly a few nights out where everything was pretty special. 

Really excited to be able to get back to longer summer hangs, and hopefully back to live music soon. The inspiration for the song I think was less an event, and more of chasing a sound. 

Making it all from home made that a little harder, but I am pretty proud of where we reached with this. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the forthcoming video?

Really fun! We had a few ideas, some really great ones that we couldn’t implement, but fortunately this idea came out the best.Lots of overhead drone stuff that was quite scary so close to our faces – wasn’t prepared fully for it, sounded like a swarm! 

Very lucky to all be in Somerset at the moment where there are lots of beautiful and open spots to film like we did. Grateful to our friend Sam Thompson for all his help shooting and editing, look forward to releasing it soon. 

The single comes off your new EP Empty Galleries – what’s the story behind the title?

The title came from a lyric in Rabbit, the first track we released this year. When we initially wrote the song it was about how places change when you go back, venues that were empty becoming wilder. 
Since the pandemic, it’s taken on a slightly different meaning perhaps about what is to come as live music starts again.This whole EP was almost an accident, these recordings were were due to be demos of a possible album – all recorded in our bedrooms.

It’s exciting though to release something we know we’ve really dug our teeth into, learning a lot along the way.

How was the recording and writing process?

Most of these songs on this EP we’d written in preparation for touring in 2020 – that was where we were planning to trial them live. Our process usually stems from an idea a guitar or a lyric, and then we develop the idea as a group when we get into a practice space. 

Over the past year we’ve done more over the internet, but we definitely react better off of each other in a room.
Recording was a whole venture for us. We taught ourselves a lot from videos online, and were lucky to have the help of friends to point us in the right direction. It’s amazing what you can do from home now, even on a budget! 

What role does Bridgwater play in your music?

It’s home for most of us in the band, or at very least a place we associate with growing up. Most of our good friends and family live in and around that area, so in that sense it is an inspiration for our writing. 

It’s always had a great music scene that supports local and touring talent – especially for a town of it’s size. 

How has the likes of Manchester Orchestra and Frightened Rabbit influenced your writing?

Both of these acts have had a huge impact on our writing in recent years. Their attention to detail in their lyrics is particularly the most interesting elements for me.

Certainly with these new songs we explored techniques & gear they used to record their works, as well as using references from songs to expand our ideas. It was a lot of fun messing around with guitar pedals for Up – the Cope record by Manchester Orchestra was a big push for us to experiment with this. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Experiences, friends & family tend to be number one – but we are opening up to other ideas in upcoming music. Ultimately we hope to write music that is personal, but also universally relatable. 

What else is happening next in BRIDGES’ world?

We are happy to be touring a little later this year with shows across the UK. All dates announced are on our website, with more to come – www.bridgesofficial.com

We will be releasing this EP until October, and then have a bunch of new songs that we are working hard on. Hoping to be at a point to reach the album next year, but we will see what feels right!

Spotify stream – https://open.spotify.com/track/7GEnYyeowsq1lcIsvJFHPo?si=1457c532346c4d56

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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