RGM Introducing – We Interview Walking Through Walls and the queen is a lizard?
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band?
Cameron – So we started the band back when we were in secondary school and went under a few names before deciding on ‘Pretty Visitors’. Then after some line up changes we became ‘Walking Through Walls’ this year.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
C – I’m Cameron and I play a majority of the instruments and create the instrumentals.
Louis – I’m Louis and I write the lyrics and do the vocals.
How much are you looking forward to playing live?
L – Excited. Our first gig back is on the 5th August in our hometown and we haven’t done anything live since the start of 2020.
C – It was really fun putting together the live set for me because I had a lot of freedom to make transitions between songs in the set and update some of the songs people knew from when we were ‘Pretty Visitors’.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
C – Hmm not really.
L – I don’t really believe many conspiracy theories other than the Queen is a lizard. But other than that they all seem stupid.
What support is out there for new artists in Chelmsford ?
L – We’ve had great support from BBC Introducing in Essex: All of our songs we’ve submitted have been played on there and we’re doing an interview / live session with them in a few weeks and it’s a great platform for new artists.
C – Hotbox Live as well, which is the venue we’re playing at, is a relatively new music venue. It’s really the only place that’s primarily a music venue in Chelmsford that lets local artists play so we’re grateful for that.
What useless party tricks /talent do you have/?
C – I can make my thumb touch my lower arm.
L – My useless party trick is that I can’t handle my drink at all.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
L – A few years ago we organised our own show at a recording studio and we had a good turnout for that.
C – I think we both prefer when we’re playing to crowds that we don’t really know. We did two gigs back at the start of 2020 where it was that kind of situation and it’s always fun to surprise people.
What was the worst experience on stage?
C – We did a gig at the end of 2019 where I think 2 people showed up. It’s quite awkward trying to engage with an audience when that audience comprises solely of the other band playing.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
L – Not too sure about that one I think we’re both quite normal people.
Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?
C – Defo Louis he can do some random stuff… I won’t elaborate on that.
Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun)
L – Cam defo gets quite stressed with things when we’re coming close to a release or gig so easily him.
C – I have to agree with that.
You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call first?
C – I guess we’d just have to call each other hahaha.
Whats your biggest achievement as a band/Artist?
L – I’m not too sure really. It hasn’t happened yet.
C – So far maybe how well our ‘Pretty Visitors’ EP did with 20K Spotify streams, or the stuff happening with BBC Introducing at the moment.
What makes you stand out as a band/Artist?
C – We’re completely unique in our sound and line up. We’re a two-piece which you rarely see and we really like to blend genre and I think that’s shown well throughout the EP.
Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus )
L – We’re very chilled out to be fair I don’t think anything at the moment.
C – The fact that Rob’s not coming to our Hotbox gig 🙁
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?
L- We went to Germany one time. No comment on what happened though.
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
C – I mean… We don’t really know yet haha. I’m really excited to do ‘Being a Boy’ though and I think some of the songs from the PV EP will go off.
I hear you have a new EP brewing, what can you tell us about it?
C – Well it’s out now and it’s really good. Seriously though it’s taken us a while to make and we’re both really proud of it. It’s called ’Nights EP’ and that title encapsulates the feeling of it. It’s really a night-time driving record.
What was the recording process like?
L – I really enjoyed working with Tom Donovan (Monster Florence) who produced most of it. A lot of the instruments were done at home, including a lot of the vocals but we went into the studio to finish it off and a lot was brought out of all of those songs.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the EP?
C – Since we’d already done one I think we knew a bit more of what to do and what not to do. My issues with our first EP are really with the extremely uneven production of it all and some of the songwriting just wasn’t there yet but with this one we got the most out of each song.
L – We just kept making more songs for this one as well. We would have 5/6 tracks and would feel like it isn’t finished yet and we’d have more ideas for songs so it’s turned out closer to an album but it’s definitely an EP. It has that kind of homegrown feeling to it but is really epic in scale.
Would you change anything now its finished?
C – Not really. There’s the most minor transition between two songs which I only discovered could be done like the day after I sent off the EP but I think you just have to let those things go. If we didn’t force ourselves to finish stuff and get them out nothing would ever get done and we’d be tweaking every song forever.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
L – Just to stream our EP and follow us on the socials. We’re most active on Instagram @walkingthroughwalls. If you’re in Chelmsford come down to Hotbox Live on 5th August if this comes out before then as well.