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November 2018

Violet: “‘B-Town’ was the big thing; unfortunately there isn’t a scene like there was before"

This Midlands five-piece make damn infectious Britpop-influenced fuzz-pop.
Published: 10:48 am, October 30, 2017
Violet: “‘B-Town’ was the big thing; unfortunately there isn’t a scene like there was before"
Hey guys, what’re you up to?
Hey, we’re all here in our cosy little lockup in Lichfield, where we’re rehearsing and chilling out between shows.

How’re you feeling now that your debut single’s out, has it been a long time in the works?
'Feel' was one of our first tracks that we wrote last year and we’ve been sitting on it for a little while; it “feels” good to finally have a song out there for everyone to listen to.

What inspired you to write ‘Feel’?
It’s not really like we got inspired to write 'Feel' specifically or had any intention to go out and write the song as we all know it now. It came about before Luke [Brickett, guitar/vocals] got a flight and was worried he wouldn’t make it home, so he recorded some demos in an existential daze. Thankfully our Luke made it home and showed it to Patch [Murphy, drums] and then subsequently to the rest of us, making it into what it is now.

How do you guys go about writing your tracks, and do you have many in your arsenal?
Someone usually creates an initial idea away from any of us and will show everyone, then each of us adds a lil bit of ourselves until we like where it’s at. We’ve been accumulating songs for the past year, recording the ones we’re happy with (which hasn’t been all of them), but we have quite a few to our name now some of which we’re hoping the world will get to hear at some point soon…

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When did you first realise you wanted to make music?
We’ve all been surrounded and influenced by music since we were wee bois, whether it be S Club 7 or Smashing Pumpkins, but we all started making music together around this time last year.

What was the music scene like in the area where you grew up?
When we all started properly going out to gigs, ‘B-Town’ was the big thing in Birmingham at the time with bands like Peace and Swim Deep dominating the scene, so it was quite an inspiring time for us all. Unfortunately, now there isn’t a scene like there was before.

Are you creative in non-musical ways too?
Luke and Patch do some graphic design stuff on their Instagrams under pseudonyms (it’s very good to be fair). Ted [Spivey, synth/percussion/guitar] thinks he’s a photographer because he owns a film camera and has eight rolls of undeveloped film.

What’s your favourite thing about being a musician?
The satisfaction you get when writing something that you all love, and when it’s reciprocated it’s a lovely “feeling”.

What’ve you got planned for the rest of the year?
We’re on tour at the moment, and we have a couple more gigs towards the end of the year. We’ll be writing some new songs, we’ll record said new songs, we’ll celebrate Christmas, and we’ll wait for this all to blow over.

Anything else we should know?
Have you ever thought about what you were gonna think about next, but as you think about what you were gonna think about next - you’re already thinking about what you are thinking about thinking next?

Taken from the November issue of Dork, out now. Violet’s debut single ‘Feel’ is out now.

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