THE COLLISION (from l-r): Chris Latter (drums), Lewis Smith (vocals), Evan Latter (guitar), Tom Copeland (bass)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Since starting life as an indie-rock session band for singer-songwriter Lewis Smith, The Collision have undergone a natural evolution, becoming a full collective specialising in a heavier, more energetic sound.
This has led to the Portsmouth four-piece getting favorable comparisons to the likes of Bring Me The Horizon and Enter Shikari, and having recently released a new single, ‘Unbelievable‘, featuring Jot Maxi of Hacktivist, the rising outfit spoke to me about that, their journey so far, future plans, and much more.
How did the band first get together?
Lewis was looking for a band, and he put up lots of posters in local shops and online. Chris and Evan replied to the adverts, and Tom was drafted in later on as a friend of Evan‘s.
How did the name The Collision first come about?
We all have a range of musical backgrounds of different styles, so the name represents “the collision” of our musical tastes.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
We all sit around Evan‘s computer every week and come up with ideas for intros, choruses etc, and if the song is flowing well, we will push to complete it, but if it takes too long, we will then visit it another time, as we can tell it’s not coming naturally.
We write alongside post-production to produce almost complete demos instantly, so that we know exactly how the song will sound before it’s been recorded.
What inspires the band lyrically?
Our current and up-and-coming songs fit within a theme of “human nature”, for example, lying, taking things for granted, changing for the better, and many other things…(TEASERS).
If we come up with a concept for new songs, then we will write songs as a collection with a theme!
In 2017, you brought out your debut EP, (Never Gone), to positive reviews. How did you all deal with the reaction that the release got?
The release of ‘Never Gone‘ was exciting, and it got a really good response, allowed people to learn our songs, and gave us some great opportunities, and although it was gradual, the foundation we built from that EP gave us some of the best experiences we have had as a band.
Unfortunately, those songs do not fit our sound any more, and so, we will not be playing them in future, however, if there was one track we could bring back, it would be ‘White Feather‘, as it means a lot to the band, especially Lewis, and we believe it did not get the recognition it deserved!
The band have just unveiled the new single – entitled ‘Unbelievable’ – which you collaborated on with Jot Maxi, co-vocalist of Hacktivist. How did that come about?
This song was the first in the heavier direction we took, and as soon as we wrote the intro, we knew it was going to be our next release, and it has also inspired our consistency in writing the songs you will all hear soon.
As it was being written, we could all almost hear Jot rapping in it, and we knew he had to be on the track, so we decided to follow through with the idea. We send him our full demo of the song, and he replied, “I fell in love with it instantly, and as soon as I heard it, lyrical ideas were bouncing around in my head.”
How was the recording process for the track?
Recording the song came in two parts, due to it first being in our old tuning, drop D. A few weeks later, we decided that for Lewis‘s voice, we would drop the key of the song to C, and it came together so much better on the second recording.
Our producer, Pash Stratton, worked his producing magic, as he usually does, and got our track sounding the best it possibly could. We are so proud of it!
And for those who have yet to listen to the new song, how does it differ stylistically to the EP?
‘Unbelievable‘ is a huge jump in genre from the EP, as ‘Never Gone‘ was more a mix of indie-rock and generic rock music, basically anything we wrote at the time.
The new track features synthesizers and post-production far beyond what the EP contains, advancing the band beyond what it was before in our eyes. It is a lot heavier, but it also maintains some of the stylistic features we used in ‘Never Gone‘!
You’ve toured across the UK, and have supported the likes of Mallory Knox, The Hoosiers, and Wild Front. How were they as experiences?
Each experience was great, we got along well with all of the bands, and we really enjoyed sharing the stages with them.
We’d say Mallory Knox was a milestone for us, as they were a band we were all fans of, and had followed for years, and we feel that that particular show was well-fitted for us and our genre, especially to show off some of our new stuff!
And how is it overall – for the band – performing live?
We encourage people to come to our live shows, and check us out. We have moulded together over the years, and have formed a performance we believe to be very enjoyable for the audience, with lots of crowd participation and grooves to move to!
We love playing live so much, and we simply can’t express the passion we put into playing our songs.
Now that ‘Unbelievable’ has come out, what are your plans for the near future?
We have spent 2019 trying to reinvent our sound, but we haven’t done nothing during this time, as we have been constantly writing, therefore, we now have plenty of material (some recorded) ready that will be coming to your ears very soon that we are so excited about!
You can expect two releases early in the new year, and the titles for those will be revealed closer to the time.
And lastly, what is the bands’ long-term aim?
We aim to be making music for the rest of our lives. We know that the chances of becoming a worldwide band are slim, but we will take every opportunity we can, and hope that people believe in our music as much as we do.
‘UNBELIEVABLE’ – THE LATEST SINGLE FROM THE COLLISION – IS AVAILABLE NOW, AND FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES: