RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SWANSEA’S THE FIENDS
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Class aye, cheers. Been working on few new songs after just setting up our new practice studio, which we can’t wait to share with you guys.
We haven’t talked since you won the RGM online cup, congratulations on that.Well done on getting all the votes, how did you do it?
Honestly, a lot of it was our fans, friends, and family who wanted us to do well. We found out we won the cup when we were on tour right before we went on to play in Suburbia, Southampton, so that was class. We do appreciate everyone who voted for us so that means a lot.
How was the gig supporting Peter Hook?
It was such a good experience like we’ll never forget it. Plus getting to watch Peter Hook afterwards was nuts.
What’s the best piece of advice you have received?
Gig less, work more. This was at a point where we were taking every gig that was offered to us in hopes to grow bigger. After playing a gig with Pastel who’ve recently opened for Liam Gallagher, we were speaking to the boys after the show and they basically told us to calm down with the gigging every weekend in your hometown. If you play less, you’ll make yourself more exclusive and people won’t be able to pick and choose between shows. You also give yourself more time to work on your music and stage presence. As long as your persistent and always working on your music, people will come and enjoy and also possibly gain new fans.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic? If so what?
Too much booze.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
We’d probably have to say level 3 in Swindon. It was a venue we played in on our recent tour. The place was massive and there was a good crowd for us so we just had a lot of energy to move around and piss about as much as we wanted to.
What was the worst experience on stage?
We’ll never forget this one show we did where we drove 8 hours and played to about 4 people and the roof above the stage ended up leaking. It wasn’t until we got off stage where we found out that the room above us was the girls’ toilets and what was leaking all over us was piss. So that was fun. What makes that gig even better is that one of the boys crashed his car on the way up so that set us back about 4 hours on top of the 8 hours
What’s your biggest achievement as a band?
I think it’s the music we’ve made so far like we’ve got loads of material in the pipeline. Some have been demoed and are some recorded already, but we genuinely cannot wait to share it with our fans.
What makes you stand out as a band?
I think it’s the honesty from how we are as individuals, not only in our music but in real life. We’re not trying to put on a fake act or anything like we’re just five lads writing tunes that we enjoy listening to and playing on stage. We’ll write whatever we feel like.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
Our latest single ‘Why’s It So Liberating?’ is our most diverse tune yet. It starts off heavy and driven and then mellows out halfway through the song o with melodic lead lines from the guitarist as well as Ethans lyric style that is honest and reflective of his past experiences. As he describes “It’s about fighting for pleasure, like are you that person or is that someone your close too? I’m sure you will understand when you’ve listened to this tune. Whether you’re a fighter, a hooligan or you just love the pints, you’ll relate to what’s being said”
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Like a lot of our songs, it starts out mainly with Ethan writing the structure and lyrics of the song. He wrote the main riff and chorus then we jammed it out in our practice studio until we got what felt right. We kept working on it together, adding our own bits in and then began on recording it.
What was the recording process like?
This is one of the earlier songs we recorded a year ago with a local producer James Weaver. This time we made our own guide tracks which saved time in the studio and focused on quinty smashing out the drums as usual. Though we spent too long recording the guitar parts, pretty sure James was sick of hearing Bal and Ceth by the end of it haha. I mean we were all very picky with our own bits, especially josh with his bass parts and Ethan smashing it out on the vocal takes. At the end of all that, you have Why’s It So Liberating?
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I think it’s creative discipline, like when we go into the studio, we all want to try different tones and production techniques. Like we said with Liberating, Bal wants to try another lead idea or we want to add backing vocals and it can either make or break the song. It’s just making sure to not overdo it to keep our material clear and concise so that we know what it is, not what it’s trying to be.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Not at all. Otherwise, Bal and Ceth would be adding 100 takes of solos and backing vocals.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Well, we got some stuff in the pipeline right now but some of the confirmed things we’ve got this side of summer are our headline on June 25th and we’ve just been announced to play the big indie fest on 6th August this year.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
More of our music.
Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.