Homebound - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the chance to interview Homebound. We talked about their upcoming EP, new video, EP artwork, and more. Read the full interview below!

First off, thanks for the interview.
No problem, my pleasure!

You just announced your new EP 'The Mould You Build Yourself Around'. Can you tell me a little about the writing and recording process for the EP? How long did you work on it?
We’d been writing in dribs and drabs off the back end of our last EP but we didn’t really knuckle down until around November last year before we headed to the studio in January. We had a bunch of demos which we narrowed down to around six or seven to take into pre-production. There's only so much you can try out musically in a five track EP but we didn't write with any preconceived idea of how we wanted it to sound, whereas I think we had done in the past and consequently restricted ourselves doing so. I think it proved to make the whole process a lot more natural.

You worked with Seb Barlow again on this new EP and he's worked with quite a few UK acts like WSTR and Neck Deep. What was it like working with him on this EP and what do you think he brought to the process for these songs?
Seb is quickly becoming the go-to- guy and it’s not hard to see why. Every producer has their own approach to how they work with bands within a studio and creative environment and having worked with him previously, we’ve found that we work very much in the same way. When we take a song to him that we’ve been working on, quickly he’ll know what it needs; he connects the dots, so to speak.  He gets us to play to our strengths and pushes to get the best out of us. He knows what we’re all about and will know exactly what we want before we’ve even said it. It’s awesome working with someone as invested in something as you are so this record is as much his as it is ours. He’s consistently putting out great work and really a pleasure to work with.

You just released the new video for "Headspace". Can you tell me why you chose that song as the single?
Any band will tell you, picking the first single is very difficult. It’s going to be peoples’ first impression of the new record and for many, a first impression of your band. Musically, we felt Headspace best represented the EP as a whole and encompassed all the different themes within it. Every song on the EP is quite different but still keeps a collective sound. If you liked Headspace, there will definitely be a song on the EP for you.

I really like the energy on "Headspace" and vocally it's a pretty intense song. How long did you work on the vocals for the song?
Surprisingly, of all the songs on the EP, they were probably the most straightforward to write and didn’t vary much from the very first demo we did of the track. I remember coming up with the chorus melody whilst stuck serving customers at work. Once we begun working on the song, I knew it worked well with it and the rest of the melodies on this song, much like the EP writing process, came very naturally.

What was the video shoot like for the song and who came up with the concept?
It was cool! We knew we wanted a performance video and all had a similar idea for a set, it was just lucky that we knew somewhere we could use that was so accessible. Headspace is very much how it sounds. After any sort of relationship break up, depending on what side of it you are on, there's always a period of turmoil in which you are battling with yourself and your tendency to overthink and replay scenarios in your head. The setting of the solo shots was a subtle hint towards how it can leave you feeling very isolated and somewhat trapped from the outside world.

The pre-order is up for the EP. I really like the artwork. Who came up with the concept and who designed it? Why did you feel like it fit the EP?
A dude called Jake Carruthers who has done some really cool work. The EP name is based on the idea that from choosing to be in a band and to pursue music, it has shaped my morals, what I value in life, my personality, the decisions I make whether serious or trivial, literally anything and everything and ultimately made me who I am today. This at times has alienated me from other people who I have struggled to connect and relate with. The songs specifically depict scenarios whereby these things have come into act and have affected my life and relationships with others. The artwork itself is really simple yet poignant in its message. Even something as well-crafted and sculpted as a statue can over time, become weathered and fragile. And much like the statue, we as people are no different, regardless of the life we choose for ourselves and how we 'sculpt' our lives so to speak.
‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’Artwork
I guess that wraps it up. Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else you would like to add?
No, thank YOU. Our new EP ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ is out February 10th via Rude Records. If you are digging what our band is doing right now, you can pre-order it from this link: http://smarturl.it/TMYBYAPhysical.

Want a flashback to a June 2014 interview with Homebound? Read it here!

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