Chatterbox: Earl Gray Collective chat bear fights, Bon Ivor and bottling it up.

Hey, thanks for talking to us. Could you tell us something about yourself that nobody knows?

Haha, that’s a difficult one. The other day I walked head first into my bathroom door at night and I hit it so hard it left marks on my face! Since I haven’t seen many people I haven’t told anyone…it was hilarious in hindsight, not so much at the time though. Also, a lesser known fact about me is that I lost half of my left little finger in my teenage years in a fight with a bear.*

What influences have gone into your sound recently?

Ooooh, that’s such a great question. The EP that we’ve just released has such a broad range of styles and influences that it’s hard to pinpoint just a few. The latest song that we released- ‘Raindrops’ is quite different to the rest of our EP, and we were channeling some old school John Mayer and Radiohead vibes along with a touch of Bon Iver. 

What are you currently working on?

Recently a lot of our focus has been on promoting our EP ‘Teach Me How to Love’, however we have just started to float new song ideas about as well as thinking about how to enhance our live set (for the day we can finally play a gig again!). It’s definitely been hard co-ordinating creatively during Covid-19, so we’re trying not to stress about it too much, but on the flip side it has made us adapt and try new ways of working together, some of which we may continue to do going forward.

What are your plans for the rest of the year? 

The plans for the year would be to review what we’ve learnt this year from all the releases and then hunker down and get some creative juices flowing, pushing forward with working on new songs and refining our live set. With the latest lockdown, we unfortunately can’t see any plans to get a gig in before the new year, so we’ll be looking to write and demo as much as possible so that we can come back with some new music for the new year!

Any top tips for getting through this difficult time?

The advice I keep telling myself (and coincidentally was why I wrote this latest song ‘raindrops’) is that it’s important to keep being honest with ourselves and others about how we’re feeling and not trying to bottle it up. Life can be hard and it’s ok for us to be finding it difficult. Personally I spend a lot of time praying and pouring my heart out to God but we’re also created for community so find people you can be honest with and don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re struggling. 

*The bear was added for dramatic effect.

Listen to latest release ‘Raindrops’ below:

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