In crowded skies are about to set sail on a voyage. They’ve stopped by to get some tips from a real Jellyfish on dealing with the sea. She’s a cruel mistress. Let’s have a chat about their upcoming release.
Fellas, this is your second release and firstly I must say congrats on a great record. Where did you go to record it? What was the process like?
Thanks! We’re really proud of it, and we can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of the new music. We feel it’s a progression from our first EP …What Happens Now – it’s definitely a bit darker but all the catchy melodies and sing-along choruses are still there. We’ve had some great feedback on the studio teaser video we put out there so hopefully people will enjoy the EP too!
We recorded it at Delta Wave Studios in Northfleet with Rhys May, which is where we recorded our last single “New Skin.” The best thing about recording with Rhys is how open he is to experimenting with different things to really get the small details right and bring out the best in each song. It was great to try different things with all the parts, and then add some extra layers and finishing touches. There’s a few things in there that we didn’t expect… like Shaun’s best impression of crazy clown laughter in the background of one outro.
You can definitely hear the improvements from the first record, you sound like you have matured as a band. Describe yourself in three words
Catchy, interesting, huge.
When and why did you start playing?
Shaun and Matt were previously in a band called Left Of The Right Side, and that ended at around the same time that Pete’s old band After The Ordeal called it a day. Our mates in 48 Hours knew that we were looking to start something new and put us in touch back in 2013, and a couple of months after that we found Luke and haven’t looked back since! We’ve all been playing in bands for so long that we can’t really imagine not playing music, and luckily we were all looking to start something new at the same time.
And so In Crowded Skies was born, would you like to tell us how you thought of the name?
We had quite a few different ideas and the sky became quite a common theme as we were thinking of things that could represent the creativity and vast range of genres that make up all our influences. In the end we merged two of our favourites into “In Crowded Skies” and went with that!
Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
Shaun – “Truly Random Code” by A Lot Like Birds. The whole song – it’s all about the build up.
Pete – “Need To” by Korn. You can really feel the aggression and despair throughout!
Matt – “Knowing” by Tides Of Man. An incredible vocal performance in the chorus that conveys so much emotion.
Luke – “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room” by John Mayer. Because John Mayer.
How does your writing process work? Is it just one of you that come in with a riff and then start playing on that? Or do you already have an idea before going into it?
Most of the instrumental parts of our songs are the result of jamming at practice! We usually just all get together in a room at Riverside Rehearsal Studios in Dartford and play music until we find something that clicks…
We always do a quick recording as we work on the music and a few parts are written separately but we like writing the core of the song all together in a room as it’s easier to experiment, try different things and have some input on each other’s parts. Once we’ve got most of the music together Pete then works on the lyrics and vocal parts separately, sending us demos so we can give feedback and make suggestions.
Any big news you want to tell us?
This summer is going to be an exciting one for us! Obviously we can’t wait to release our new EP Everything Comes To Light on the 8th August, but before then we’ll also be shooting our first music video for our next single “You Were Right” which is the first song on the EP. Later in August we’ll also be hitting the road and touring the UK! Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep an eye on what we’re up to.
Sounds like an exciting time ahead. We’ll make sure to keep our eyes out for that. Got a question for the Jellyfish?
We’re really pleased to see that you guys have started this new website and are adding something new to support the local music scene. What made you guys want to do it in the first place?
As a Jellyfish, you’re always looking for new soundwaves. We just thought that there needed to be a place for people to go to find out about the local music scene and what it’s got to offer.