INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Hey Gigantic are a four-piece from London. They draw inspiration from an eclectic range of genres to craft an alternative/indie rock sound full of energy, which should appeal most to fans of The Dangerous Summer, Deaf Havana, and Lonely The Brave.
Having recently brought out a new single, ‘Passenger’, which the quartet say is the first to fully capture the loudness and fun of their live shows, I chatted with them about all of this and more.
How did the band form?
Hey Gigantic was started in South London. A few of us had been at uni together, as well as school many years before that, and when we all moved to London for work years later, we decided to start jamming some ideas. The main reason initially was to just hang out with mates, talk about music, have a laugh and drink a few beers.
We’ve been messing around with ideas since 2013, but we only really started to become focused on it in the last couple of years, as people started to take an interest and we realised that people were actually hearing the songs you had written in a dank old practice room, which was always awesome!
How did the name Hey Gigantic come about?
We were originally called Journals and it just didn’t seem quite right, we wanted a name that was abstract and had no meaning to it, then, while listening to The Pixies, it hit us! Their two songs played back-to-back, ‘Hey’ and ‘Gigantic’… and that was that!
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
Each song is different, some start with a guitar idea and then it builds from there. A few have started from lyrical ideas, and we’ve then built the song around them, that was kind of the case for ‘Passenger’.
It started with lyrics loosely built around the metaphor of travel and movement, and the instrumentation of the song mirrored that with a driving tempo and energy to match.
What inspires the band lyrically?
Lyrically, all the themes are pretty much about day-to-day stuff, emotional experiences and interactions that hopefully people can relate to or find their own interpretation of.
Perhaps not all the themes are obvious, but it’s always interesting to hear people put their own spin on it.
Your new single, ‘Passenger’, was premiered recently on BBC Introducing from Essex. What can the band’s fan base expect from it?
It’s a continuation of our style for sure, still blending punk, indie and hardcore references, but I think the composition is more considered and simplified. The production is definitely better than anything we have released previously, we got to play around with tones and textures more to give it a more live sounding feel.
Thanks largely to Neil Kennedy (Milk Teeth, Creeper) at Ranch Production House in Southampton for his expert ear when it came to amps and pedals. It was an awesome experience.
And will the single lead to another EP or album at all?
We’ve got a few songs from the same recording session as ‘Passenger’ that we did back in the summer, it’s just deciding how best to release them, maybe an EP or maybe just release them as singles…You’ll just have to wait and see.
How is the experience, for the band, of playing live?
Live shows are the whole reason to be in a band, to play loud, and feel the energy of a crowd. So our shows are just that, loud, energetic and fun!
What have you got planned going into 2018?
To release more new music! And also, to get back to playing live shows, it’s been ages! We can confirm we’ll be supporting Faux and Polary at their London (Old Blue Last – 29th Jan) and Brighton (Sticky Mikes Frog Bar – 31st Jan) shows!
It’s so great to be supporting upcoming UK bands like these guys, who are both awesome! We can’t wait!
‘PASSENGER’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM HEY GIGANTIC, IS AVAILABLE NOW TO PURCHASE FROM iTunes OR STREAM ON SPOTIFY & THE BAND’S SOUNDCLOUD PAGE soundcloud.com/heygigantic
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OFFICIAL WEBSITE: heygigantic.com