INTERVIEW: downcast

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

Liam: We’re good, thanks! It’s been a really strange time for music over the past year and a bit, but we’re just thankful that we’ve still been able to stay productive. The work that we’ve done throughout the lockdowns means that we have plenty of things to be excited for now that things are slowly returning to normal.

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

Liam: We haven’t released any new music in over a year, so we’re really excited to be putting out this single! The track was recorded alongside many others with Ian Sadler in Whitstable. We made two trips there in March and May this year to record our upcoming album, which ‘britannia mills’ is part of, and we’re so pleased with how it has all come together.

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

Liam: It elaborates on some of the things that I sing about in ‘catharsis’ and gives a much clearer insight into a difficult situation that I found myself in. Like most of our songs, it’s about events that took place in my own life. Britannia Mills is somewhere that I used to live before I eventually admitted to myself that I was in an unhealthy relationship that wasn’t going to change and decided to leave.

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

Liam: We have a music video for the track coming out on 30/07/21.

How was the recording and writing process?

Ben: I wrote the intro riff, and the rest came to me pretty quickly. After that, we went into lockdown, and Liam began to add lyrics while I added more layers to the music. After we finished Britannia Mills and the other tracks we were working on, we took them to the studio to record with Ian Sadler.

What role does the UK play in your music?

Ben: I think it plays a huge role seeing as it’s where we’re from. Liam references a lot of places in his lyrics.

How has Neck Deep and Blink182 influenced your writing?

Ben: The first album I ever owned myself was blink’s self-titled album, so I think they’ve always been influential to me.

Liam: blink-182 are a band that I listened to a lot throughout my childhood into early adulthood. Having followed Neck Deep from their very early days, and even getting the chance to play with them in a previous band, I’ve definitely found their journey inspiring. Whilst I don’t go looking for influence in either band’s music, I’m sure that the substantial amount of listening time I’ve put into it has shaped my songwriting in some way.

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

Ben: We have a whole album to come.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Liam: Not currently, but there will be multiple singles put out in the run-up to the album release. There’s no filler on this album, and the diverse range of songs included means there’s something for almost everyone on it. 

What else is happening next in Downcast’s world?

Liam: We’re heading out on tour with Royals in August.

03/08 – Nottingham – Billy’s Spare Room
04/08 – Manchester – Gullivers
05/08 – Bristol – Crofters Rights
06/08 – London – Hope & Anchor
07/08 – Southampton – Suburbia

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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