Chatterbox: The Magazines chat playing the fiddle, remote writing, new merch and keeping grounded.

Hey, thanks for talking to us. Could you tell us something about yourself that nobody knows?
I used to play the violin. Well, the fiddle. I’m pretty sure I went to lessons for, like, 5 years or something. But I’ve completely forgotten it all now. In fairness, I was like 10 at the time.

What influences have gone into your sound recently?
Well, we started out as live band, and wrote songs that way too. But with lockdown, we have had to learn to write remotely, and put songs together by sending them back and forth to each other online. It’s a blessing and a curse. The blessing being, we can explore new sounds and use synths and stuff. Lately I’ve been spinning a lot of The Japanese House, Blood Orange, and LCD Soundsystem, just listening to the different sounds in their tracks. I’ve been listening to “I Can Change” by LCD Soundsystem consistently on repeat for like 3 days now. It’s such a banger.

What are you currently working on?
We are heading in to record with our friend, Adam Redmond, soon. Adam is who produced our latest single, “Happy Alone”. He’s such a lovely guy, and is insanely talented. So we are back with him again to do a couple new songs in October, and are hoping to release some new music before the year is through.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?
The main focus at the minute is getting those new songs ready and out into the world. Other than that, we are going to just be writing new tunes and re-working old songs. We also have these grandiose plans to make t-shirts. We want to do it as ethically as possible though. So it’s still a major work in progress.

Any top tips for getting through this difficult time?
Be kind. Check in on your mates. And don’t be too hard on yourself either. Now that the weather is getting that bit more grim, and the nights are getting shorter, lockdown is going to be tougher on people’s mental health. It’s important to try keep grounded as best you can and realise nothing lasts forever. Eventually it’ll all be grand.


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