INTERVIEW: STAY

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

‘Get Going’ is the second single of our new LP ‘Old Sounds Of Modern Music’ and it’s probably the most powerful and optimistic tune of the album. We love that it has a flavor of those great 70s glam sounds from Slade and T-Rex.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? We wanted to play with early 70s hard rock sounds, even glam sounds and all began with the main riff, jamming along it. By then, we were fascinated by Slade guitar sound. We wrote the song as a shout for people to move forward, against the general apathy of the current crisis times.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was a lot of fun! It was all recorded in one day at the Upload venue in Barcelona. Kitiara Ferran, the director (Frenetic TV) shot everything herself and managed to create a really relaxed atmosphere, together with some friends that came to help and hang out with us. So basically, we were just singing along the song all day and messing around that beautiful venue with the make-up on and those glam coats and having fun! It was also really cool to work with the great make-up artist Alvaro Marín. The video is based on those 70’s Top of The Pops performances of Slade, T.Rex, Roxy Music and many more, and so the Upload venue (run by Victor and David from our label: Magic Mountain Records) was a perfect fit, with several really nice spaces and a cool dressing room.

The single comes off your new album Old Sounds Of Modern Music – what’s the story behind the title?

With this LP we wanted to experiment a bit further with sounds, vocals and all our instruments and stuff, without being in a hurry, so we decided to self-record everything, and we did so during almost 18 months, trying to get all the best sounds from the guitars, vintage keyboards, pedals… more like artisans. The experience has been very different from our last album, recorded in 2015 with Oasis’ producer Owen Morris in only one month. That was very cool but also a bit stressing and so this time we wanted to change the method and it has worked great. Moreover, as we did not want to fall into a ‘revival’ or more orthodox sound we contacted Pablo Roman from Elastic Band, a great psychedelic-pop band from Madrid, and asked him to mix the songs and make them sound more contemporary. Pablo has a very actual understanding of the new music but also a strong professional personality and a personal sound, and on top of this we knew each other from the past already. He cooked all the ingredients and, in our opinion, improved the album very much by adding his vision and making it sound more modern and surprising.

How was the recording and writing process?

Well, once we had all the ideas for the songs, we spent a bit more than a year arranging them with the band in our studio, polishing the lyrics and harmonies and everything… We had so many different influences in our head, from 70s American country-rock sounds to 60s psychodelia to 90s Britpop, and no time-limits that it became difficult to decide which arrangements and sounds should stay! but it was a really fun process as well.

And then unfortunately when we had everything ready to record, the pandemic came…

How did the pandemic influence the album?

Fortunately, the pandemic hit us right after recording the drums and rhythm parts of the songs, which we couldn’t have done afterwards with the lockdown. Then, it was not such a problem to record guitars, keyboards and voices from home…. although at some point we had to cross the city (illegally, as it was the first strict lockdown), to pick up microphones and guitars from the rehearsal room, we managed to keep on with the recording in the distance. In fact, the keys player, Irra, was isolated in a small village near Sitges, and he couldn’t go to the city to grab the keyboard so we managed to find a friend that lived nearby and that could let him a small midi keyboard to keep on with the recording! So, he had to improvise a bit with the sounds, but he found a mellotron that sounded great!

What role does Barcelona play in your music?

I think it is difficult to fit in the Barcelona mainstream music scene without singing in Catalan or Spanish, but now a psychedelic indie scene is growing around Upload Venue and Magic Mountain Records and it’s an honor for us to take part in it. We started 20 years ago already and we have lived several sixties, indie, alternative local music scenes in here, and although we’d love to continue to play and be part of the Barcelona music scene, right now our objective is rather to join international psychedelic music festivals and go beyond the music scene in Barcelona or Spanish. So, we always are looking outside, trying to go to UK and Europe as much as we can, to play or record, as we did in 2011 when we went to Liverpool to record our fourth LP ‘The Fourth Dimension’.

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

The idea for many of the songs came from a stage in a small village near Vic, Tavartet that we did a couple years ago. An acquaintance of Jordi Casals (the drummer) lent us and old and amazing stone house of his family in Tavartet, where we set the studio and stayed for a couple days, basically playing and partying all day. We recorded those sessions and then slowly developed the songs from that material…

What else is happening next STAY’s world?

We have to defend the album! By now, we presented the first single ‘Hold On’ at Euro-YeYe Festival in Gijón (Northern Spain) and we have just played in Barcelona a few days ago at Gambeat Weekend as the official presentation of the album in Barcelona. We will tour several cities in the country, specially Madrid in 26thNovember. The idea is playing and touring all 2022. We are not in a hurry so we want to make things properly. On the other hand, we are recording a new single that will be out in 2022 by Fruits de Mer Records (UK) and another thing we want to do is a digital release of our first demo, from 2001, which includes lots of nice tunes!!!

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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