WELSH POP-PUNKS SEVEN STORIES HIGH GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF THEIR LATEST VIDEO

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‘Deadweight’ is based on the Greek myth of King Midas, who is given the power to turn everything to gold with a touch, which then backfires when he turns his daughter into gold. Our adaption of this focuses on struggles of mental health,” declares Seven Stories High vocalist Rhys Hyett-Ferrier, speaking of their forthcoming sophomore EP.

Sonically, the band, who are influenced by State Champs, The Wonder Years and Four Year Strong, describe the release as “almost split in two – half follows a fast, upbeat pop-punk feel, which gets people dancing and jumping around. The other is heavier – fuller sounding and darker in feel, which you can chant and scream along to.

Yet, the EP flows as one piece of music, with each track written to fit the narrative, whilst being open enough to interpretation for listeners to make a personal connection. The act recently released the video for their lead single, ‘Apathy’, and now Rhys gives a behind the scenes insight…

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As we had decided to pick ‘Apathy’ for the opening to ‘Deadweight’, it seemed only right that we used this to introduce people to the EP with a video of the same track. Opening the EP with a fun, fast-paced pop-punk anthem, and making a video that matched, lay the groundwork for the EP to come.

The whole EP is based on our version of the Greek myth of ‘King Midas’, who is granted the power to turn everything he touches into gold. This backfires on him when he accidentally turns his daughter Marigold into gold.

The track ‘Apathy’ is about the guilty feeling that Marigold has over not liking the man that her father is, this guilt slowly grows over her represented by the gold that covers her at the end of the video. We wanted to weave the themes of the track into the visual of Marigold being transformed into gold, and we loved the way it came out.

We shot the video around our home town of Swansea, and the shots of the band were filmed in Rampz, a skate park in Llanelli. The skate park was a lot of fun. While setting up the stage area, and filming took a lot of time, the whole process took longer due to the fact that we couldn’t pass up the chance to play around the whole park like a bunch of big kids.

We had a lot of fun with all the skateboards, scooters and bikes we found around the place – so much fun, despite the fact that Matt nearly knocked me out trying to tail whip a scooter, and Dave face planted the floor countless times. Needless to say, we left with a few bruises.

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The video was directed by a friend of ours, and an amazingly talented photographer, Alex Jay Moore. We have been friends with Alex for a while now and are huge fans of his live photography and gig videos and we couldn’t think of anyone we would rather work with to bring the video to life.

Walking around Swansea, gradually painting more and more gold on Amy-Beth McCarthy, who was kind enough to play our Marigold, was also a lot of fun. The more and more gold we painted on her, the more and more looks we got from people passing by.

We were super happy with the outcome of the video. Alex did an amazing job on the filming and editing, Amy worked so hard all day and did everything we asked and more, also, we think we did okay on our part. It has come out better than we expected, and we are very proud and grateful to everyone who helped us out.

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SEVEN STORIES HIGH WILL BE SELF-RELEASING THEIR SOPHOMORE EP, ‘DEADWEIGHT’, ON NOVEMBER 24. YOU CAN PRE-ORDER IT NOW AT THE BAND’S BANDCAMP PAGE sevenstorieshigh.bandcamp.com

ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THEM OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/sevenstorieshigh

TWITTER: twitter.com/7storieshigh

THE BAND WILL ALSO BE PLAYING A FEW LIVE SHOWS TO PROMOTE THEIR FORTHCOMING RELEASE. THE DATES ARE BELOW:

24.11.17 – The Pit, Swansea

25.11.17 – Winchester Gate, Salisbury

26.11.17 – Suki 10C, Birmingham

03.12.17 – The Lanes, Bristol

 

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MANCUNIAN HARD-HITTERS COUNTERPOINT ANNOUNCE DEBUT EP & REVEAL NEW TRACK

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Originally formed in Liverpool, but now firmly planted in Manchester, heavy alt-rock outfit Counterpoint are turning heads and pricking ears with their colossal, and not to mention infectious, sound that calls to mind everyone from letlive., Papa Roach, Deftones, and While She Sleeps.

The four-piece drop their debut EP, ‘If Not Now, When?’, on Friday 9th February. The irrepressible riff beasts have also just unveiled a new track, ‘Honestly?’.

Spawned from the ashes of their old band, Operation: AEON, vocalist Dominic Lucock and guitarist Martin “Ted” O’Neil formed Counterpoint in 2015, wanting to create a sound that pitched 00’s alt-metal with a modern-day vibe.

The duo’s early demo track, ‘Borrow Your Past, Steal Your Future’, caught the attention of highly regarded producer Jim Pinder (Bullet For My Valentine), who expressed his interest in working on their debut release.

As the project developed, Dominic and Ted drafted in two old friends, Michael Gaffney and Ed Sutton, to step up on the bass and drums. The newly formed quartet began to spread their wings on the live circuit, amassing a steady base, with a recent support show with US rockers Crazy Town only helping their growing cause.

The alt-rockers then bunkered down into rehearsals, as they keenly prepared for the recording of their debut EP with Jim at Treehouse Studios.

The foursome emerged from the studio with an absolute killer EP. Armed with five gloriously fiery cuts of ultra-magnetic and stout alt-rock, the release gleams and orders your attention.

The towering guile and anthemic appeal of their forthcoming single, ‘Leave It All Behind’, and the dynamic and immersing ‘Honestly?’, will undoubtedly pull in the listener. The closer, ‘One Sided Conversations’, acutely demonstrates the growing maturity and depth of the band.

From beginning to end, this is such an accomplished release warranting the need for this EP and band in your life.

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‘IF NOT NOW, WHEN?’, THE DEBUT EP FROM COUNTERPOINT, WILL BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 9.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THESE SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/UKCounterpoint

TWITTER: twitter.com/UKCounterpoint

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

CLAYTORIDE

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CLAYTORIDE (from l-r): Michele Thiella (bass), Stefano Sartori (vocals/guitar), Matteo Tretti (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Taking influence from the likes of Kings of Leon, Biffy Clyro and Muse, Cardiff three-piece ClayToRide hope to one day scale the dizzy heights reached by those outfits, and it seems that they are already well on their way.

Since forming back in 2010, the band have impressed many with their hard work ethic and engaging, forceful and instantly catchy mix of alternative rock and post-grunge.

They have also gained a solid fan base, having played many acclaimed sets across Europe.

Earlier this year, the trio left their native Italy behind to settle in the Welsh capital, and now, they are set on firmly establishing a presence on the British music scene.

Speaking to me about all this, as well as the recently released EP, ‘Worth Leaving’, was the band’s drummer Matteo Tretti.

How did you all get together?

Michele and I have been friends since we were children, skateboarding together and hanging out with some other school friends. Stefano joined us a little bit later, just after we stopped skating hard, and we started to understand what beer meant.

From where did the name ClayToRide originate?

The name ClayToRide has many different meanings for us. First of all, it reminds us of the so-beloved-skateboarding world, like a huge filthy ride under the rain and on the mud.

After that, it reminds us of the theory of the shape of man that’s still to come, like something that is still changing and evolving into something better and stronger.

The third one, try to guess…

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

We just decide to let the music flow and see what happens then. We always make our music without a plan, that’s our way. Day after day, we make our own sound and we just don’t know what will be the next one, it’s something that comes fluently and free.

It’s like if the music comes to us and we just need to wait and play it again and again, like a ritual, until we can say definitely, “OK, we got it“.

What inspires the band lyrically?

We’re inspired by everything that’s close to us and everything that’s far away from us. ‘Worth Leaving’ was inspired by our decision to leave our home town for a better life and the chance to build up a better future.

It’s something that came out slowly from the darkness of being, from the labyrinth of living and from the curiosity hidden behind the action of leaving. This is a common story nowadays: there’s a lot of people that are leaving everything they love to change their life in another country, or just to ensure to their children better life conditions.

The whole world is changing, people are moving from a country to another, without caring about borders, trying to fight the fear, the fear of being pulled down, the fear of losing everything they love, the fear of not being able to do anything to help themselves.

From all of these things, ‘Worth Leaving’ was born, but the message that we want to send is, “Grab the tools to change your life.”

Having just mentioned ‘Worth Leaving’, your latest EP, how was the recording process for that?

Being honest, it was so funny. Paolo Canaglia from Russian Road Studios was very friendly with us, and he understood us immediately. He reached exactly the sound that we wanted from this album, and, at the end of the day, it’s exactly how we play.

So, this album didn’t take too much time to be born, it was quite simple to give it to the light. Just to give you an example, ‘Extincted’, our first single, was created, fixed and recorded in two days.

And how has the reaction been to the EP so far?

We were proud and happy with the result, plus, now, we can bring it along with us on our tours. Hope you enjoy it!

The band are originally from Italy, but now call Cardiff home. How did that come about?

We decided to move ourselves from Italy to Wales because we’d had enough of all the bullshit that belongs to Italy, we were looking for better conditions and to get a better chance to build something up that will last in time.

Now, in Cardiff, we’re playing and composing new stuff (‘Worth Leaving’ Vol.II???), working, studying, hanging out and meeting amazing, smart and generous people.

Having relocated to the UK, what is your opinion of the British music scene?

The British music scene is just amazing, in particular, the indie scene. We’ve met a lot of young and crazy bands that really kick ass. We would like to say hello to Alice from Charlie Says, that band fucking rock! Check them out guys!

The band have played hundreds of shows across Europe. How is the experience, for all of you, playing live and touring?

Playing live and touring is, for all of us, just the way to live our lives as they were meant to be.

It’s like taking energy from your fans and giving it back to them with the immaterial shape of the music. It’s based on a duality between bands or artists and the public and on the relationship that is born between the two, that permits them to keep on playing and touring forever, if they really want it and feel it.

It’s our fuel, it’s our chlorophyll, it’s our lifeblood. It’s exactly what we want and the reason we play.

What are your plans going into 2018?

Our plans for 2018, at the moment, are having our first UK tour (for further info, follow our Facebook page) and then going back over to Europe to kick some ass!

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We just want to play and write albums. We’re available for any kind of collaboration, just to see what will happen.

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‘WORTH LEAVING’, THE LATEST EP FROM CLAYTORIDE, IS AVAILABLE NOW.

FURTHER INFO ON THIS, AND THE BAND, CAN BE FOUND HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

HYPOPHORA

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HYPOPHORA (from l-r): Karum Cooper (guitar/yelling), Lewis Pilcher (bass), Katie McConnell (vocals), James Farmer (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

From Cornwall, alternative rock/post-hardcore four-piece Hypophora are a skilful outfit that constantly strive to push the creative boundaries of their music, taking in a diverse range of influences to come up with a sound that is hard-hitting, anthemic and melodic, with subtle elements of funk and jazz.

Having first made waves on their local rock scene, the band then took themselves across the UK, gaining a legion of followers and much critical acclaim.

2018 will see the quartet bring out a new album, but in the meantime, they have unleashed a new single, ‘Headlines’, which is already generating rave reviews.

Hypophora spoke to me in-depth about their latest release, as well as their journey up to now, and what their future plans are.

How did you all get together?

Katie and Karum were part of a group of friends at school that would always hang out, jam and play at all the school concerts. We all loved the same kinda music, we all played some instruments or sang, and we were just obsessed with watching Nirvana documentaries and being musicians/rockstars one day.

We finally decided we wanted to do this band thing properly in 2012, when we grouped up with Sam and Josh (rhythm section at the time), played a few pubs and a few weddings/birthdays.

We were very new to the band/gigging thing at the time, so it took us a few years to get into the swing of things. We began taking things to the next level when we started at Truro College and met James and Lewis in 2014/2015 (by this time, we’d recorded a couple of singles, played a few of gigs in and around the South West and were keen to make this band work more seriously than just an occasional hobby.)

Lewis took over Sam’s position and we went through a couple of drummers before finally having James in the band earlier this year.

How did the name Hypophora come about?

A long (ish) time ago in a place (not at all) far away, we were called a name which we are unwilling to disclose due to embarrassment.

We played a few songs that we had written (circa 2013) at a Music for Youth gathering were the “judges” would give each performance constructive criticism.

We were the only non-classical performance, so they were quite taken aback that we were playing loud music in a church, but the only comments we really got from them were that we needed to change our name!

A song they particularly liked was called ‘Hypophora’, and they suggested we change our band name to that, so we did. The song was about asking and answering your own questions which is the actual definition of the word Hypophora.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

Usually, either jamming will eventually turn into something really cool, or one of us will bring in an idea, we’ll just add each part on top, and then, it’ll mould itself together until it’s finished. It’s usually a collaborative effort, but sometimes it’ll be more one person’s idea than another.

It’s great being a band where it’s not just one person bringing song ideas to the table, because then, we can achieve a variety of different vibes whilst still maintaining a Hypophora feel because of everyone’s contributions.

The band’s latest single, ‘Headlines’, has been described as darker than your previous material, both musically and lyrically. Would you all agree with that at all? 

To us, it seems a little bit less colourful and cheery, but perhaps, it’s just colourful in a different way?

The song was one of the first main writing inputs Lewis had in the band after joining, so adding another person’s input and characteristics will definitely change and evolve the sound in some form or another, but we were also super lucky enough to get engineer Josiah Manning at Momentum Studios to feature on his beautiful Fender Rhodes during some of the more chilled out parts.

This definitely adds a different and interesting musical layer that we’ve never really had in our music before, but really enjoy.

We feel that the contrast between the dissonant intro chords, to the jazzier chilled Rhodes parts adds a really nice juxtapositional feeling to the song.

Some of the chord voicings in the song are a much more experimental, open and darker sounding interpretation of the chords we’d usually use, so all in all, it makes for a slightly more sullen sound.

Lyrically, it’s more bitter than some of our other stuff, which makes it more energetic and hard-hitting. The choruses are great for getting angry to, and the verses act as a nice little breather in between.

Will the single lead to an EP or album in the near future?

It’s likely to be on an album! We’re still finalising exact details on it, but we’re heading to the studio in February next year to record the rest of this album – stay tuned!

What are the band’s plans for the near future?

As we mentioned before, we have plans to begin recording the rest of the album in February, which we’re all excited about and have lots of interesting ideas for, but for now, they’re secret.

In the meantime, we have a few more gigs across the nation lined up, which will keep us nicely busy! After that, come summer time, we aim to be actively playing the festival circuit.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

I think the long term goal for us is to be able to do music full-time without the need to source our money elsewhere.

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‘HEADLINES’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM HYPOPHORA, IS AVAILABLE NOW, VIA EASY ACTION/ZEN TEN RECORDS. IT CAN BE PURCHASED FROM THE EASY ACTION WEBSITE easyaction.co.uk OR iTunes, AND STREAMED ON SPOTIFY.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THESE SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/hypophora

TWITTER: twitter.com/hypophoramusic

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/hypophoramusic

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

SOUNDCLOUD: soundcloud.com/hypophora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORE OF iO ANNOUNCE NEW EP AND UNLEASH NEW VIDEO

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Highly-rated quartet Core of iO have revealed plans for their stunning new EP, ‘Part II: Europa’, which arrives in stores on Friday 1st December. The progressive combo have also just premiered the new video for ‘Stuck’ with Metal Hammer, and it has now been unleashed everywhere.

Ever since their inception in 2014, CORE OF IO have continually strived to create interesting and well-thought out compositions influenced by multi-genres; the foursome have certainly fulfilled this brief, and then some.

Described as “Dynamic, intelligent and dripping with hooks”, favourable comparisons have fluctuated from anywhere between SikTh, Fall of Troy, The Mars Volta and Deftones.

No strangers to hard work, the riff masters have toured nationally and on the festival circuit, including recent notable appearances at this year’s UK-Tech Fest and Mammothfest, whilst constructing an energetic and memorable repertoire of songs.

The angular rockers are also currently releasing a cycle of four EPs. The next instalment, ‘Part II: Europa’, will be released this December. Without doubt, Core of iO will dominate the rest of 2017 and beyond.

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‘PART II: EUROPA’, THE NEW EP FROM CORE OF iO, WILL BE RELEASED ON DECEMBER 1. IT IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW AT THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.coreofio.com

 

BEYOND RECALL

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BEYOND RECALL (from l-r): Chris Hewitt (guitar), Zaid Elgahmi (vocals/bass), Joshua Willett (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Beyond Recall are an alternative rock three-piece from Bristol.

Formed in 2010, the band have impressed critics and fans alike in recent years with a sound the combines emotion and heavy vibes with frank lyrics.

Their reputation has only grown further since the release of their second EP, ‘Selfish Scars’, earlier this year, with the trio supporting Young Guns on their recent UK tour, and were also named as one of 2017’s freshest bands by former BBC Radio 1 and Virgin Radio DJ Edith Bowman.

The outfit’s vocalist/bassist Zaid Elgahmi spoke to me recently about all this, as well as their new single, ‘Wonder’, and anti-bullying tour of schools in England and south Wales.

How did the band get together?

Josh and I met in a shower, don’t worry, it was one of those communal showers, and the shower wasn’t on… and we were fully clothed, anyway.

We’ve been playing music together since we were 16, but we only found Chris back in 2015, thanks to a guitar cover he posted online. Our old guitarist had just left, so we messaged Chris, and he was up for touring straight away.

How did you come up with the name Beyond Recall?

My mum…no joke. I needed a name for the school band I was in at the time, and she said “Zaid, what about Beyond Recall?“, and I thought it sounded cool.

What is the band’s songwriting approach?

We’ve got a pretty solid formula. Chris starts it, writes all the guitar and bass, then he records it. He then passes that to Josh, who then writes all the drums and production, then records that, then passes it to me.

I write all the lyrics and vocal melodies, we come together, pick it apart, agree what works and boom! You’ve got a Beyond Recall track.

What provides your lyrical inspirations?

Real life, I guess. I never force it, I’ve either got something to write about or I haven’t. We’re a very opinionated group of people, and I’ve always got a something to say, but I don’t think anyone would wanna hear a song about how much I think cereal doesn’t work without peanut butter.

Maybe I’m wrong, but I guess we’ll never find out.

The band recently released a new single, ‘Wonder’. How has the reaction been to that so far?

SO GOOD! When we get messages like, “I don’t really listen to your kind of music, but your new song is amazing“, you know you’ve done something right. We had a lot of fun writing and recording ‘Wonder’, and even though I swallowed a load of paint filming the video, it was totally worth it.

Will that lead to another EP or maybe even an album at all?

Not yet, but I’m only saying that because I know there’s another single release on the horizon, and who knows what’s gonna happen after that one.

You have supported the likes of Young Guns and Our Last Night. How is it, for the three of you, playing live?

We’re at our happiest when we’re on stage. I know I speak for the boys when I say that last tour with Young Guns was the best time of our lives. Our live shows aren’t just songs on stage, it’s an experience – but I guess you should ask our fans if they agree to that statement.

The band have this year been touring schools across England and south Wales, dealing with anti-bullying. How did that come about?

Our anti-bullying campaign started back in March when we teamed up with global charity Ditch The Label. We were sick of seeing these online bullying videos, sick of reading racist and homophobic comments on posts, and we just knew if we put in the hard work, we could make a difference.

Six months later, and we’d spoken and listened to over 10,000 kids across the UK. We opened their eyes to the problem, helped them understand what’s right from what’s wrong, and gave them the abilities to tell their stories.

I’m very proud of what all three of us achieved, because it wasn’t easy. Also, I’m going to give a shout out to every teacher, you guys are incredible.

How has the reception been to that?

You would not believe the amount of messages we received like, “I wish there was a band like you guys when I was in school.” The kids in the schools loved it, and the older generation who saw all our posts online, they started messaging us for help too.

Let’s be honest here, bullying doesn’t end at 16. It can continue for the rest of your life, and sometimes, you just need a little more strength to block, report, and even delete bullies from your life.

What are your plans going into 2018?

More shows, more songs, and a few surprises.

‘WONDER’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM BEYOND RECALL, IS AVAILABLE NOW. FURTHER DETAILS ARE BELOW:

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KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE BAND THROUGH THESE SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/beyondrecall

TWITTER: twitter.com/BeyondRecall

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/beyondrecall

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

BANDCAMP: beyondrecall.bandcamp.com

 

sittingthesummerout – ‘Brick & Mortar’ TRACK-BY-TRACK

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We built it from scratch; every drop of sweat went into making something we’d be happy with, and we did some work on ourselves in the meantime too,” reveals sittingthesummerout vocalist Samir Batista.

Hailing from Milan, Batista named the act in 2015, following a difficult summer, which he reveals “cemented the concept that summer, as a season, wasn’t meant for me.”

Completed by Dimitri Sironi and Luca Della Foglia on guitar, Andrea Daniele on drums and Cristina Lietti on bass, sittingthesummerout play a well-crafted, atmospheric take on post-hardcore, blended with vocals that flit between spoken word, frustrated screams and evocative singing, and will surely resonate with fans of Hotel Books, Movements, La Dispute and Brand New.

Now, with the release of sophomore EP, ‘Brick and Mortar’, released at the start of next month, the band give us a track-by-track insight to what we can expect…

‘NOTHING CHANGES IN BALTIMORE’   (STREAM HERE)

‘Baltimore’ is the first track on the EP for a variety of reasons. It’s got that “opening track vibe” in the beginning, brings you in with some guitar harmonics and the bass then slides you into the first verse.

However, first is the song’s rightful place on the tracklist because it was the very first track we wrote for the EP. After being stuck in gear for most of the previous year, because I was doing a couple of semesters abroad in the United States, we were back together in January and eager to start writing new music.

It took us a second to find the right pace and get to know each other again (we also had a fifth member which we did not have before), but when we had the groove for the first verse figured out, most of the rest came out naturally.

We went into the studio with our good friend Fabrizio at Pan Music Production in Turin, Italy, to record this one three months before we did the others. We wanted to test ourselves and thought this would help us find a direction for the next songs. It did.

It was also the first single to come out, because we had it in our earphones for so long we thought it was about time it went into the world.

‘IT WON’T RAIN FOREVER’

This song is a follow-up to our 2016 single, ‘Could It Rain Forever?’, involving another “dialogue” with fictional character Margaret, where I try to understand the reasons said character is so afraid of the life that surrounds them at home, and why leaving seems to be the only option.

It’s a way for me to explore a different narrative, so I hope Margaret will still feature in some of our future songs.

I had imagined this song to be just one verse, the pre-chorus and one chorus, but our guitarist and second vocalist Luca put up a really good fight to extend it. He fought and won and rightly so.

The instrumental second verse is, in my opinion, a great chance to better understand the guitar parts and then come back again with that punching chorus.

‘PERMANENCE’

Actions are worth a thousand words, sure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean some words can’t carry the weight of the world and drop it on top of you. This song is about some stuff I was told that almost drove me insane, as they discredited most of the undivided effort I had put into a relationship that was important to me.

As these words, which had the most permanent feeling to them, were dropped, and I felt this huge weight fall on me, I realized it also meant there was some sort of closure, somewhere in there.

I had written this one almost a year before we even started making the music for it, but it was, I believe, the last one we finished before going into the studio for the last four songs on the album. I remember that because we almost didn’t complete it before hopping into the car and driving to Turin (laughs).

We’re really excited to bring this one into the live setting, we’re thinking it could be a great closer due to the impact the ending has, and Luca, who’s doing the chorus, goes really hard at the end, so it would make sense for him to use all the energy he has left on those last couple of choruses.

‘DRY, DRY JUNE’

It works as a sort of interlude for the EP, and ties into the difficult memories of a day I had already written about on our first EP’s ‘Wearing Black In June’. This one, specifically, is about the long car drive that day, hence all the background sounds.

‘TO THOSE CONCERNED’     (WATCH THE VIDEO HERE)

‘TTC’, as we call it, is probably our overall favorite, with maybe ‘Permanence’ being the close runner-up.

Our drummer hates the time signature change between the first chorus and the second verse, and I guess he makes a point because it’s a very dynamic song, with the first verse being calm, having Luca’s vocals come in and keeping it slow, and then jumping right into a heavier chorus and this weird tempo in the second verse, then back into the yelling and the distorted guitars.

I love how it can be a catchy song while still going real hard, which is why we chose it as the main single for our music video.

Our friend Edoardo Giacomelli from Absence Films came and did most of the work on the video, which I was directing.

It was a long day of hard work with some of our best friends present and helping out, and I couldn’t stand the cigar smoke with the heat, the tight black shirt buttoned up to the neck and my bow tie, but we got through it and the result isn’t half bad, we think.

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‘BRICK & MORTAR’, THE SOPHOMORE EP FROM sittingthesummerout, WILL BE RELEASED, VIA GHOST FACTORY RECORDS & ARTS, ON DECEMBER 1. PRE-ORDER IT NOW AT THE BAND’S BANDCAMP PAGE sittingthesummerout.bandcamp.com

FURTHER INFO ON sittingthesummerout CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THESE SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/sittingthesummerout

TWITTER: twitter.com/ssummerout

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/sittingthesummerout

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com