We love a new band, Dear Reader. If you’ve been paying attention to our hallowed pages over recent times, you’ll know we’ve long had a rather healthy crush on Thyla. After a short spell ‘away’, they’re back with new material. Kicking off with certified mega-banger ‘Two Sense’, it’s a massive jump up the table for a band already looking like they had title-winning potential. We grabbed hold of vocalist Millie Duthie to find out more.Hey Millie, how's it going? What's new?
Were any of the songs particularly challenging?
There's a track called 'December' on the EP; it breaks away from our usual songwriting formula. It's delicate and really bare in parts, the lyrics mean everything to me personally and they are really exposed. It was challenging in the sense that we had to arrange it with a different mindset to usual, and we used lots of new recording techniques in the studio. We are a guitar band through and through, but we spent a lot of time trying to make our guitars sound nothing like themselves on the record.
Why did you pick 'Two Sense' to drop first?
It's been a while since we've released anything and we wanted to make an impact upon return. 'Two Sense' is our best shot at that. We're really proud of the direction we have taken both in terms of the writing and production, it feels like our boldest cut yet, the vocals are purposefully front and centre, and the message is clear.
Do you feel as though this EP is going to be a step up from your first?
Categorically yes! This year has given us self belief and confidence in our own vision. We have found working with Josh [Hoagie] Harrison in the studio hugely inspiring, and he has really helped the production side of things come to fruition. Our songwriting feels more focused and meaningful to us, and we are proud of what we have created.
What else are you guys working on at the mo?
We are ready and looking to record our debut album…
Taken from the November issue of Dork. Thyla's new EP is due early 2020.
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