New Emo Alt-Pop duo Misery Kids are a band on the rise, taking key elements from synth-pop, arena rock, and alternative bands from the mid-2000s. As they prepare for an opening tour slot in 2022 with Paradise Now, I chat with Misery Kids about that Read more
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I caught up with soulful Folk-Pop Singer Juliana Riccardi last month ahead of her “Full Cup” EP. Out now, the EP is a project of reflection, featuring seven tracks, including the Bluesy title track “Full Cup”, and the vulnerable “Hold Your Woman”. Juliana recorded the Read more
Incendiary English punk rock duo Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are back with a new record titled ‘Sticky’. The band comprised of Frontman Frank Carter and co-founder and guitarist Dean Richardson have captivated audiences with their brand of spitfire hardcore rock since 2015. I interviewed the other half of the band Dean Richardson as he was prepping for his albums release. You can read my interview with him below…
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Hi, Dean! How are you doing? Can How is life been treating you these days?
DEAN RICHARDSON: Life is treating me much better lately than it did for the past year or two. Same for us all. I feel incredibly grateful to have gotten through the pandemic relatively unscathed, and to be in a position where touring and releasing music is happening again.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can you talk about your childhood and upbringing? How pivotal was music to you then? What were the artists/bands that shaped those early years?
DEAN RICHARDSON: My childhood was soundtracked by music. My Dad is an amazing guitarist and the biggest music fan I know. Everything we did had music on in the background, and we would spend most of our weekends asleep in the corner of pubs and bars whilst my Dad played shows in his band. As we got older, we’d go to those shows and watch them and I think that started shaping me as a musician.
(cont.): The stuff I connected too early was quite proggy, I loved Tubular Bells, War of The Worlds – things like that. Eventually that gave way to punk rock in my teens and I immersed myself in Green Day, Sum 41, The Offspring, NOFX. I’m lucky enough to have played shows with most of those punk heroes at this point!
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: In terms of the music that shaped your life. What was the first band or that you first became obsessed with? The one made you want to be a musician yourself.
DEAN RICHARDSON: Obsessed is hard to say, I was just into so much music. I’d go to multiple gigs a week and just wanted to be a part of it in any way. I drummed in bands, played guitars in others and made as much music at home as I could.
(cont.): I remember falling hard for My Chemical Romance though. I joined The Black Parade proper and seeing the world they had built both musically and creatively just drew me in. I love it when a record and a period of time in a band feels like a whole world, not just a set of songs.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Let’s talk about ‘Sticky’. What was the recording and writing process like for this new record? Did you have a certain sound or concept going into the album sessions?
DEAN RICHARDSON: Before we make a record we just get together and write, without an agenda as such, then in time, usually a few songs in a sound or song will appear that will really get us excited. After that, we just relentlessly chase songs that feel right. So it kinda goes from 0 – 100.
(cont.): I produced this record which was a big shift in the process. It was partly because we had the time but also we knew exactly how we wanted it to sound. Capturing our live energy and putting it down on record can be tough, but doing it ourselves allowed us to keep adjusting our process to get that feel as close as we could.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: You guys have a lot of tattoos. Taking inspiration from ‘Sticky’ What lyric from the record do you think is most tattoo worthy?
DEAN RICHARDSON: Just get “STICKY”. Me and Frank are going to get it in Brighton in a couple of days.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What are most excited about for fans to hear on this record?
DEAN RICHARDSON: Bobby Gillespie’s vocals on “Original Sin”. That moment will stay with me as one of my favourite recording experiences, I feel so lucky to have had that and can’t wait for the world to hear it.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What does music and the craft of songwriting mean to you?
DEAN RICHARDSON: Music is the most incredible form of art to me. I think especially when made by a group of people, as is often the way, it leaves technicality and becomes a pure form of expression.
(cont.): I remember the first time I wrote a song, and the disbelief in me that I could, that having never been taught a thing about it, and I have never looked back since.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: This record features a lot of collaborations including some that are unexpected. Is there an artist you would love to still collaborate with that fans would be shocked to learn about?
DEAN RICHARDSON: I would love to get in the studio with Warren Ellis. When he is at his loudest and noisiest, he manages to retain a beauty that I am desperate to find in my own music.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What fictional character do you think would most identify with ‘Sticky’?
DEAN RICHARDSON: Deadpool.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: I would to end with a few lasts… Last thing I discovered about myself?
DEAN RICHARDSON: That I love playing shows more than I realized.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Last artist that blew my mind?
DEAN RICHARDSON: Lynks. Listen to the lyrics.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Last time I felt like a kid?
DEAN RICHARDSON: On stage at Leeds, and on stage most nights.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: And, the thing I do before I go on stage?
DEAN RICHARDSON: Pour water on my head. Gotta go out feeling mid-show.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Thanks for taking the time out! You can stream “Sticky” out now on all DSPs by clicking here or listening below!
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Silver Relics is an NYC-based band formed by Alex Sepassi in 2017. The band has a new single out now titled, ‘Tails”. It further explores their experimental sound that debuted in 2019’s ‘Generic’. I caught up with the band’s founder, Alex, to chat about new Read more
Since her 2020 debut EP ‘counting crosses’ London based Alterna-Pop artist Salt Ashes has been channeling her unique sense of style and raw emotion creating her signature sound. Born Veiga Sanchez the singer-songwriter often explores darker themes amongst the brighter eclectic tones of dance beats. I chatted with Veiga a few weeks back about her music and what lies ahead for her. You can read my interview with her below.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: You released a new EP last year called, “counting crosses” and released a few standalone singles which include your current single “Too Many Times”. Can you talk about your typical writing and recording process when making music? How has it evolved on these new releases?
SALT ASHES: I usually start with some chords on the guitar or the piano which I’ll mumble a tune over and see what feels good. Once I have a melody that’s when I’ll add some lyrics. Sometimes we would’ve already started building the track around this melody and at this point we might only have one section of the song which then helps us build the rest of the track. More recently my producer and I would be in the studio and just start with a synth sound, build a beat and then I’ll jam some melodies over that.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: So, can you delve into the backstory or inspiration on the track “Too Many Times”?
SALT ASHES: Too Many Times was born in the middle of lockdown when both my producer and I were suffering with intense anxiety and probably a bit of depression because of grief, family feuds.. friend feuds… the pandemic!…all of it! And we were both pretty low so we wrote this track. It was very cathartic to get all that shit down on paper and into a song. We actually started the song a year or so before but it had different lyrics.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: How did the music video for “Too Many Times” come together? What was that collaboration process like?
SALT ASHES: There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears making this video. I wanted to work with a director for this but it all fell through so I was almost forced to direct it myself which then led to me doing so much more – styling, producing, hair styling, choreographer!! It was a lot of work and there were so many times that I thought I wouldn’t be able to achieve what I saw in my head with the budget that I had but I’m so proud of the final product. It all started with an idea of being trapped. The synths at the start of the track always reminded me of a doll and so those two ideas married and eventually led to me wanting to be trapped inside the doll.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Being a London based artist and songwriter how does London or the broader range of the U.K. influence or show up in your sound?
SALT ASHES: London is full of life and diversity and powerful, driven people so this really influences me as an artist and me as a person – because they are to separate things a lot of the time. I get a lot of inspiration from people’s stories and my own experiences which are always in abundance in London.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What is the one thing about being a songwriter that you are most proud of?
SALT ASHES: When you write a song and you have no idea where it came from or even how you wrote it… I think that’s a pretty special moment. But to be honest, I’m always proud once I’ve actually finished a song. There’s no other feeling quite like it.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What is your pick for the song of the summer for this year?
SALT ASHES: Sene Kela – Mr Raoul K, Sona Diabate, Laolu
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What was the last thing that made you feel nostalgic?
SALT ASHES: Eating fish and chips on Brighton Pier.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: And lastly, what’s up next for you, Veiga?
SALT ASHES: I have an album launch gig on Nov 1st at The Grace in London which I’m so excited about. It’ll be my one and only show this year so people really shouldn’t miss it. The album is coming out later that week too.
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