By Kieran Webber
The 5 piece from Macclesfield has had one hell of a year, from playing some of the largest festivals Europe has to offer to releasing their much awaited debut album ‘Caught In The Strange’. Their hard work has been paying off with their soundcloud having well over 2 million plays and winning support from affluent DJ’s and radio hosts such as Ferne Cotton, Greg James and Steve Lamaq.
We were lucky enough to get an exclusive listen to the album prior to the release and was blown away by its cinematic soundscape, emotive song writing and beautiful delivery. We caught up with the Tim Monaghan regarding the bands influences and how surreal it was to have one of their songs played on Transformers 4.
CLUNK: I just want to extend a massive thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, how are you all and how has the summer been treating you thus far?
Tim: No problem, we’re good – getting our lives back after a super busy year.
CLUNK: What was the influence for the latest album ‘Caught In The Strange’?
CLUNK: What is the process as a band you go through when making music ?
Tim: Someone will come in with an idea which gets knocked around within the band, sometimes the final recording is very similar to the original vibe, sometimes it can turn out totally different. We haven’t pinned it down to one way of doing things to be honest.
“It felt like we were shut off from the rest of the world whilst we made the album so it’s the product of all of us living and hanging out together”
CLUNK: How has the response for ‘Caught In The Strange’ been?
Tim: Caught In The Strange is our most personal and honest record, it’s a good feeling that people are connecting to it so much. A lot of people seemed to tap into what we were feeling when we made it.
CLUNK: Do you have a particular favorite track? If so which one and why?
Tim: Depends what mood I’m in, the title track was a fun one to record.
“I’m stoked to have the album out, and having our fans react to it is really cool – it feels like we’re reconnecting again”
CLUNK: How was it your track ‘First Light’ made its way onto Transformers 4?
Tim: Our little team helped us out with that one, not sure how exactly it happened!
CLUNK: I can imagine it is pretty surreal seeing and hearing your music on the big screen?
Tim: I did think it was strange, like Transformers 4 and Racing Glaciers, the movie wasn’t as good as the first one though.
CLUNK: Do you as a band share the same influences or does it vary?
Tim: Tonnes of different stuff, I think the album brings together everything we’re into but still sounds like Racing Glaciers, whatever that sound is. We do tend to listen to the same things when we’re together though.
CLUNK: What has been your highlight for 2016?
Tim: I’m stoked to have the album out, and having our fans react to it is really cool – it feels like we’re reconnecting again. I got out to France for a few days to stay with my cousins earlier in the Summer that was a lot of fun – Simon’s on a trip in America right now that’s like one big highlight isn’t it.
CLUNK: And biggest disappointment?
CLUNK: Lastly what can we expect from you from the rest of the year and the future?
Tim: We’re letting the album do it’s thing right now, focusing on writing and living real life for a while. After that we will see.
A massive thank you to Tim for taking the time to answer our questions, you can check out what the band are up to at the following places:
And you can buy the album here: