Check out their new single 'Lost Without It' and our chat with frontman Isaac Cooter right here.
Slam Dunk Records are back and have revealed their first new signing, Leeds-based pop rockers For You The Moon.
Channelling all of the best part of the late ‘00’s British rock scene but adding a thoroughly modern sheen to things, the quartet have just dropped their brand new single ‘Lost Without It’.
You can check that out below:
We jumped on the phone with frontman Isaac Cooter to chat about the band’s origins, singing to Slam Dunk Records and what his hopes for the future are…
Where did the band really begin for you?
“Basically it was one of those things where we were all coming away from different projects for various reasons and we were all just floating about and not really know what we were doing. We all went to university together so that’s where we all knew each other from and Tim [Bassist] would also record the stuff that me and Mike [Drums] did with our old band. Tim was in a band with Jordan [Guitarist] as well, so it almost came together like two and two slapped together. We had been part of the same scene already so we all just started jamming together.”
What was it that really brought you together then?
“We all just loved the same music. Even though all of our influences are very different, the core ones are all the same. You have bands like The Dangerous Summer and Bring Me The Horizon and Stand Atlantic and You Me At Six. We all just loved all stuff and it became really important to us to make our music sound like that. That’s how we all learned to play our instruments. Even though it was hard graft to actually get it to where we are now, it was also quite natural. Though these days I also listen to a lot of pop music as well and I feel as though that side of things is like the extra bit of sauce on top of the band.”
How about your emotional input? On the surface this feels like quite the romantic band. Where did that need for love-based expression come from? Is it something you felt like you couldn’t explore with your other bands?
“The thing I find about songwriting is that it’s always a challenge. You don’t just figure out how to write a song and say, ‘Oh now I know how to write good songs’. I think everything happens by accident. So if there’s something that I’m feeling or if there’s something that I’m going through in a relationship, it will just come out. Especially when it comes to things like love and heartbreak, they are both so close to the surface. I feel like whenever I try and write a song about anything else, it just makes its way in there. I don’t think it was even that deliberate for us to be honest with this band. I guess it’s just the way that I’ve grown up and been more romantic than others. It’s just that stage in your life though isn’t it? Your first few relationships, everything feels like it’s on another level.”
Those strong emotions and feelings are such a huge part of your day-to-day life, but being able to bottle that in song form is another thing altogether…
“I feel as though it really just captures a moment, as cliché as that sounds. I find it weird to listen back to a song where I may have thought about life differently at the time and go, ‘Bloody hell, I was sad then’. But that’s the thing that I love about writing music. You can look at your life in this series of memories and that’s such a cool thing.”
So what made you feel that ‘Lost Without It’ was the perfect song to launch the band with?
“I can answer that in two ways. First, it just flows. Because of the music that I listen to, we have quite a lot of chill songs that don’t always work. This is the song that we open our sets with. It’s just the right tempo and there’s so much energy within it, that it’s the perfect song to just hit it out of the park with. I also think that the song sounds really casual and almost bored in the way that I sing it on the record, but I guess that’s the whole point it really. [It's about when] you feel a bit lost and a bit, ‘meh’. I think that’s a nice place to start rather than a, ‘I miss you’ song, which is what most of our songs end up being. It just has everything that it needs to work.”
It almost serves as the band’s manifesto then…
“Absolutely. We’re quite a young band, so to speak. We started maybe two years ago knocking about in rehearsal rooms and not getting anywhere for. We had this first song called ‘Slip Away’ that we just rinsed on repeat for so long and we ended up releasing last year, which is how we originally got in contact with Slam Dunk. After that we went into Treehouse Studios in Chesterfield with Jim Pinder. We had three songs that we wanted to get done in four days, which was a bit of a task, and ‘Lost Without It’ was the most single worthy. It almost felt like a necessity that this song was going to come first.”
You mention Slam Dunk Records. What was it like having that contact with them?
“It was unreal. We recorded ‘Slip Away’ at home with the help of a friend of ours and to get something like this off the back of the very first thing we did was really cool. We didn’t know what we were doing. You make music in a band because you want to make music. You don’t start out knowing how to market it. So Sally from the label sent us an email that went into our junk folder. We didn’t see it for a month and then she messaged us on Facebook asking if we had seen it. It might have even passed us by in another life. It was all crazy though. It all adds a bit more pressure as well though because now you have to deliver.”
You’re almost made to grow up as a band really quickly when eyes are on you. As scary as daunting as that can be, the pay off is huge…
“Yeah, it’s really nuts when you’re on the inside of something. It’s difficult to notice the boxes that you’re ticking because you’re so focused on the next thing, but if you look back too early you can stop moving. I’m hoping that it’s going to be a long relationship.”
So what do you feel like your main intentions with For You The Moon at this early stage? Do you feel as though those intentions have shifted from where they were at the very beginning?
“They definitely have shifted, because back when we started the intention was to sound like You Me At Six in a way. That pop element of things hadn’t really come into it yet. I never really thought that the two could merge. The future intention is just to work out all the pieces of that even more so but also get unreal live. We haven’t had all that much live experience, but the main goal is all about touring really. I’ve always dreamt about that side of it since I was a kid and that’s kind of what you do it all for, isn’t it? That’s what so hard for bands at the moment though. You don’t have that pay off.”
What do you feel as though you want the band to represent within the British scene as you move forwards then?
“I think that with the way these songs are written are so insular, I just want them to connect with as many people as possible. That’s what I love the most about songs. Somebody can write something about themselves and it can mean something completely different to you and to somebody else. That’s every songwriter’s dream really. To have your songs means so many different things to so many different people. To be honest, I think that it’s too early to say exactly what we stand for though. We’re still working that one out for ourselves.”