Trashed - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Trashed. We discussed how their band has evolved over time, the concept of and the changes they’ve made to their writing and recording process for their upcoming album, lyrical inspiration, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

Thanks for asking us to sling some words for you!

Can you tell me how you got together and formed the band for those who may be unfamiliar? How did you initially become interested in music?

We were all in school together. I'm a year younger than Ben (drums) and Sam (bass). Ben and Sam were already in another band together, and I joined another guy's band from our school and we needed a drummer and a bassist and Ben was the MAN when it came to drums, so I asked him and he brought Sam along too. After a few years of doing different musical projects and bonding over punk rock, we finally decided to start a band as just the three of us and started writing songs that just came naturally rather than forcing a certain style.

You are currently writing a new album. What can you tell me about it so far? How far along in the process are you?

We are writing our first full-length album! Scary shit. As I'm writing this we're a few days away from heading to the studio to finish writing what we have so far and to start pre-production. We still have a few more tracks in the works to make make it complete.

Have you been trying anything new with your writing style on these upcoming songs?

When we decided to go down the album route we wanted to try and make it a sort of concept album, which it turns out is really really hard to write! So much of mine and Sam's natural writing starts out spontaneously, so when you have an agenda in mind it kind of starts to block some of those more organic ideas. As we all have our struggles with different aspects of mental health, we wanted the concept of the album to be about those struggles. So yeah this album has required a completely different writing style. 

This is also the first time we're doing pre-production. Usually we just write the songs and get someone to hit record, but for this we'll all be playing through the songs, listening back with our producer and fucking around with them. We're really looking forward to that new side of the process!

When do you think fans might be able to expect the album or a first single from it?

Hopefully there'll be a few singles released later this year depending on if we can get out of the house to do the shit we need to do! 

Do you have a song that you’re most excited for people to hear? Why? 

There are a few in this new batch we're really excited about because of how heavy parts of them are. After a LOT of trial and error, I've finally found a way to get some big screams without totalling my throat, so we've made full use of my new skill.

You released “Here We Are” last year. I really like that song. Can you tell me about writing it?

Ah thanks very much! I wrote that song about a breakup. It was the classic case of breaking up, getting back together, and breaking up again. I essentially broke this girl's heart twice and I felt awful about it, so in a way I guess it's kind of an apology to her as well as acknowleding that I've learnt my lesson when it comes to that side of 'love'. We wrote the song while writing for our second EP 'Faceplant' but it originally didn't make the cut for us, but we loved the song so we wanted to share it.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks very much for having us. We just hope everyone's hanging in there right now and we can't wait to get back out on the road and see everyone again. x

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