YOU’VE JUST FINISHED RECORDING, HOW DID IT GO?
Says vocalist Sam Carter: “It all sounds really good and we’re really chuffed with it. We’re just in the final stages of mixing.”
HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO ‘RUIN’?
“It’s a lot heavier in places; it’s still quite technical, but there are a lot more melodies and there’s more direction. We really thought about how the songs were going to sound live and we’ve written some really catchy bits so that kids can sing-along. Obviously, we’re going to be touring this album for ages, so we wanted to make it really good both on record and live. There are electronic drums this time too. Dan [Searle, drums] triggers sounds that fit nicely with the natural drums and there are little bits of keyboard, so it’s a bit of a change.”
THE ALBUM TITLE IS ‘HOLLOW CROWN’…
“Yes. There are a lot of people around who have their heads held high for no reason; they’re very arrogant and they think that they’re the best thing in the world. People like that just need to get rid of their false opinions. It’s not aimed at anyone specific, just the individuals who walk around thinking that they own the world when they don’t. We’re not like that; we keep our heads down! Brighton is full of pricks! That’s the main reason for the title – I can’t deal with people who are rude, narrow-minded and think they’re the bee’s knees.”
YOU CAN’T DEAL WITH PRICKS?
“No, I can’t deal with pricks – I might be one, but I can’t deal with them! There are a few songs on this record about people who have really fucked me off over the past year. There’s a call and response-type thing between two songs; ‘Dead March’ is written from the point of view of someone following someone around – almost like a stalker, and the song after that, ‘Left With The Last Minute’, is the response of the stalked person. I thought it would be cool to try and write something that I’ve never tried before.”
ARE THERE ANY OTHER THEMES?
“I went through a stage where I smoked a lot of weed, so I wrote a few songs about how I got dependant on it. I was doing it every night and I’d wake up feeling like my lungs were bleeding. ‘Early Grave’ is saying that if I had kept doing it, I’d have just that. I’m so much happier with the lyrics on this album than on the last album as I’ve had a lot more time. With ‘Ruin’ I had six weeks between joining the band and going into the studio. This time I’ve had a year-and-a-half and I’ve had time to get used to my voice.”
ON THE VIDEO BLOG DAN ADDRESSES THE NATION WITH, “IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE NEW ALBUM THEN DON’T FUCKING LISTEN TO IT!” “Whenever we put up new versions of songs, people are like, ‘It’s got singing in it now, it sounds shit!’ No it doesn’t sound shit, it sounds 20 times better, you’re just trying to be annoying and you’re pissing us off. At the end of the day, none of us give a fuck whether the kids don’t like the singing. You’ve got to grow and develop as a band. It would have been so easy just to write another ‘Ruin’, but we wanted to change. Those kids can fuck off; if you don’t like it, don’t tell us – we don’t care!”