SHALLOW POOLS (from l-r): Ali Ajemian (drums), Glynnis Brennan (vocals/bass), Jess Gromada (guitar)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Through a unique combination of rhythmic guitars, catchy melodies, and expressive lyrical content inspired by their own hardships, Boston alternative rock/pop-rock trio shallow pools are striving to promote inclusion, with one of the band’s aims being to establish an environment where anybody, regardless of who or what they are, is welcome.
Having brought out a single, ‘It’s A You Thing’, last month, and with another track and a five-song EP in the pipeline, the emerging three-piece spoke to me about all this and more.
How did the band initially get together?
We met at the end of high school and started playing covers together. A few years later, we decided to start writing our own music!
In April, you changed your name to shallow pools. What was the main reason behind that?
We felt like we had outgrown our old name. After we recorded new music, we realised that we needed a name that fitted our new sound better, and shallow pools was a name we all immediately liked.
And from where did the current band name originate?
The name actually comes from a lyric in a song that we all really like!
What are your main musical influences?
Movements, Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, and lots of others!
What would you say was your songwriting approach?
We start with guitars first, then add drums, bass, and melody. The lyrics always come last for the most part, and we usually stick to this approach for each song that we write.
This autumn, the band will be bringing out their debut EP as shallow pools. How has the recording process been for that?
It’s been a lot of fun! We’ve been working with Chris Curran at Reclaim Music Studios. He’s extremely talented, and we’ve learned a lot through recording the first three songs. We’ll be finishing up the last two later this month!
And what can be expected of the upcoming release?
These songs are much more personal than anything we’ve released in the past. We explore topics that we had not addressed in our old songs, and we’ve also experimented with some new sounds and effects. We think we’ve really reached a place that we’re happy with, genre-wise!
You have played some notable venues in your home city of Boston. How is the experience, for the band, playing live?
Playing live is one of our favourite things we get to do as a band! We love seeing the reactions to our music, especially when we play a new song for the first time. We also love meeting all of the different musicians that we get to play with!
Now that ‘It’s A You Thing.’ has come out, what are the band’s plans up until the EP release?
We plan to release another single, called ‘Sinking’, on August 24, and we also have a show on August 19, supporting Pollyanna and Walkney at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
And finally, what is your long-term aim?
We just want to keep playing music together for as long as possible! We hope that our music reaches all different people, and we would also love to release a full-length LP in the future.
‘IT’S A YOU THING’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM SHALLOW POOLS, IS OUT NOW.
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