From discovering their music at a gig last year to watching their fan base grow with the release of their most recent single Ghosts, it’s no wonder why Sons & Lovers have broken into the music scene with their distinctive sound.
With all that in mind, we got in contact the band and managed to ask Tom a couple of questions about their music.
VINYL NOISE: Hello, thank you for doing this interview! Before forming the band, how did you all meet?
SONS AND LOVERS: Josh and I (Tom) met in Exeter, we played in different bands together for a few years before we started Sons & Lovers. Dan was my next door neighbour when I was 2 so we’ve always been friends and Tim was a friend of a friend. We got into a practice room together and it just seemed to work!
VINYL NOISE: So you’ve been together for a few years then, what influenced you to be involved with the music scene?
SONS AND LOVERS: We were all involved in music one way or another before S&L. I can’t really speak for the others but I grew up around people working in music so it was always something I was interested in and passionate about.
VINYL NOISE: For any new listeners of your music, how would you describe your sound?
SONS AND LOVERS: Anthemic, emotive, pop I reckon…
VINYL NOISE: So I saw you guys support Ellie Goulding on her Halcyon tour last year (you were incredible by the way), how was it touring with her?
SONS AND LOVERS: Thank you! It was a great tour – it’s always special to tour with someone you’re a fan of. She’s a lot of fun and a very talented musician!
VINYL NOISE: And you’re just about to hit the road supporting The Naked and Famous, what are you most excited about?
SONS AND LOVERS: We just finished the tour with The Naked And Famous. It was great to be out on the road again, we’ve been lucky enough to play with some really exciting bands and they are no different. Real pleasure to get to watch them perform every night!
VINYL NOISE: Around one month ago you released a brand new video for your song Ghosts, how was it filming the video?
SONS AND LOVERS: Filming the video was kind of crazy. We spent the weekend on this tiny island called Inisturk in Ireland, really amazing place! We got very cold, very wet and still managed to get burnt…pretty impressive I think you’ll agree!
VINYL NOISE: How was it working with Eioghan Kidney for the first time? Was it his idea for the video?
SONS AND LOVERS: Yeah it was Eioghans idea. He’s a great guy, we actually met up with him at our Dublin show with The Naked and Famous. Really good to catch up with him, very talented!
VINYL NOISE: Out of all the songs you’ve written, which would you say was your favourite?
SONS AND LOVERS: My favourite is probably Set My Heart, it was the first song we put online and was written when Josh and I were completely broke and were working so hard to try and make music work. We did a £10 video with one of our friends and I guess it just felt a bit like a turning point.
VINYL NOISE: Where do you get your inspiration from when you’re writing music?
SONS AND LOVERS: I’m a little obsessed with American novels like The Grapes of Wrath, On The Road, Catcher In The Rye… I guess that comes across a bit in the songs. I like the idea of these big epic stories that are at the same time very intimate and personal.
VINYL NOISE: So you guys recently started a blog, do you find this to be more helpful in terms of sharing information with and talking to your fans?
SONS AND LOVERS: Yeah, we’re really into the idea of talking to fans in as many ways possible. We try and meet people after our shows and get back to everyone on twitter. The blog is just another way of us communicating to people in slightly more than 140 characters.
VINYL NOISE: For the last question, where do you hope to be this time next year?
SONS AND LOVERS: We just love touring really – hopefully we’ll have a record out by then and playing shows all over the place!!
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