CREATURE OF HABIT (from l-r): Danny Jones (drums/vocals), Joe Storer(vocals/guitars), Liam Pickering (bass)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Formed in 2015 through a mutual love of Biffy Clyro, Chester alternative rock trio Creature of Habit have become known for a distinctive combination of hefty guitar riffs and melodic hooks, enabling them to capture a wide audience.
Last year saw the band make a real name for themselves, releasing a well-received debut EP, playing a UK headline tour, and supporting a host of other outfits.
The three-piece aim to keep up the good work in 2018, starting with them bringing out a brand new single, coming out later this month.
Telling me more about all of this was the collective’s vocalist and guitarist, Joe Storer.
How did the band get together?
When I first moved to Chester a couple of years ago, I got together with a bassist friend of mine and we started playing some Biffy Clyro covers in my garage, just for fun.
We played along to these awful drum tracks I’d made and after a few weeks, we decided to look for an actual drummer. We put an advert out and along came Danny.
The rest, as they say, is history.
From where did the name Creature of Habit originate?
It took us a long time to settle on a name and it was pretty much by accident that we came up with Creature of Habit. We, somehow, happened upon the word “habit” and we all liked it, so from there, we must have gone through a thousand different variants, none of which I can remember, until we decided upon Creature of Habit.
What would you say was your songwriting approach?
I always start with my acoustic guitar at home and build from there. Sometimes, things come together pretty quickly and other times, it takes a while.
Once I’ve recorded a demo at home, I send that to Danny and Liam, and we work on it in the practice room from there. Once I start an idea for a track, I tend to know quite quickly where I want it to go, so I just spend time developing it until I’m happy.
What inspires the band lyrically?
Personal experience is always a huge influence on lyrics and that’s a natural thing, I think.
However, for me, it’s about people being able to connect with the song as a whole and the lyrics are a big part of that, so whatever theme I’m writing about, I try to make it as accessible as possible whilst keeping it quite personal.
I tend to find that lyrically, things can just flow once you start writing.
Last year, you brought out your debut EP, ‘Horizons’. How was the reaction to that?
It was really good, I think the reaction to ‘Horizons’ was what made us realise we wanted to push forward with the band. Not that we didn’t take it seriously beforehand, but it helped to focus us on what we were doing and gave us a clear direction.
It was very much a “draft” of what we’re all about and it helped us find the sound that we were looking for.
Later this month, the band will be releasing a new single, ‘Weight in Gold’. How has the recording process been?
This is the first track we’ve recorded with Chris Coulter at Decimal Studios in London, and we learnt so much during the process. Chris is such a fantastic producer and just got the best out of us every day.
I know that without him, ‘Weight in Gold’ wouldn’t sound as huge as it does, and we can’t thank him enough for producing something that matched the idea we had in our heads going into the studio.
And what can be expected of it?
It’s a track that brings together everything we did with ‘Horizons’, and improves on it. It’s got atmosphere, vocal hooks, softer sections and a huge riff to top it all off. We are more proud of this than anything we’ve done, and we’re sure people will enjoy it as much as we do.
Following the release of ‘Horizons’, you went on a UK headline tour and also supported the likes of Press To Meco and Grumble Bee. How were they as experiences for you all?
To support some of our favourite bands is always special, but more than anything, it helps you up your game. We enjoy every show we play, but to be playing alongside these bands just makes you want more and helps to push you forward.
What are the band’s plans for after the single comes out?
We’re playing a few shows to go with the release, and then, we’re looking to head back in to the studio. We’ve got new material being worked on already, so we’ll be hoping to get that out later in the year. We’ll likely be playing shows throughout the year too, so we won’t be too quiet in 2018.
What is your long-term aim?
We’re still pretty young as far as a band goes, so we have plenty more to offer going forward.
We’re working on our first full-length album shortly, but we won’t rush it, it’s definitely a quality over quantity thing with us, so we’ll take our time to get it right.
We’ll be looking to play live more throughout the year, we pride ourselves on an energetic, high-quality live show, so we’ll be working on that more and more.
It’s hard to plan too far ahead, so we’ll just keep working hard at what we do and endeavour to put out material that we can be proud of and hope that people connect with it and enjoy it.
‘WEIGHT IN GOLD’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM CREATURE OF HABIT, WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes & AMAZON MUSIC FROM FEBRUARY 23.
TO SUPPORT THIS RELEASE, THE BAND WILL BE PLAYING A FEW DATES. FURTHER DETAILS, AS WELL AS LINKS TO THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES, CAN BE FOUND BELOW: