INTERVIEW – Witterquick

Following on from our review of Witterquick’s New EP Fire and Ice  we got chance to ask the bands bassist Ollie Chanter some questions about this release among other things, here is what he had to say about what we asked him.

What was the overall process for writing this release?
There wasn’t a formal start for most of them, they all came about in different ways. ‘I Need a Friend Tonight’ was written about 6 months before our first EP came out… ‘Shattered Suns’ was a demo that was floating around for a year or so which we never quite got right. One time in rehearsals the “Make me feel alive…” chorus part came out of nowhere and glues it all together. …Hiding Place’ came from our experiences leading up to the first release in 2016, it was a song we needed to get out, mostly to carry out that cathartic energy so we could move on as a new band…

When it does come to writing new songs how do you start?
Most songs start with Will, he’ll have recorded a phone memo of a melody or chorus line, then he’ll demo that up for safe keeping, and often forgotten until much later. He and I will go through ideas and develop demos into full songs if they aren’t already…

What are your personal favourite songs off of Fire and Ice?
Everyone has a different favourite, and that extends to our first EP too. ‘Friend’ has a special place for everyone though, particularly live, it’s probably my personal favourite of anything we’ve done, it’s such an intense song. ‘Shattered Suns’ is one that we’re particularly excited for people to hear too.

Lyrically and Instrumentally this EP was great. One of my personal favourites was Lie To Me. Which came first for that track?
As with most of our songs the music comes first. The music sets the scene and creates the vibe which we then use when it comes to the lyric process.

Although the EP isn’t out yet, what are your plans for future releases?
 We’ve got a few surprises up our sleeves for the near future, we can’t go into that just yet. We have no intention of pumping the breaks.

When it comes to playing shows which song is the most fun?
One of the tracks from the new record ‘Shattered Suns’ is a real fun one to play, as is ‘Fade Out’ from our first EP. One that never fails to amaze though is ‘Wayward Signs’, it’s become that track that everyone sings along to. Nothing quite beats a room full of people singing back and connecting with you in that way…

What do you like about playing live?
Aside from the fun we have on stage (we’re quite an active live band), it’s the interaction with the fans. Touring, for us, is all about getting to see our fans. Talking to people who truly connect with your music is an incredible feeling, and very humbling, particularly meeting fans that have come as far as Germany, France, Poland, and recently we even had a guy travel from Kazakhstan! Hearing from fans that one of our songs helped them get through a tough time, or literally saved their life, is beyond words. Knowing that we’ve been there to help people, even if not physically, that’s more than we could have ever hoped for…that’s job done as far as we’re concerned.

When can people catch you playing live for the remainder of this year?  
We’ve got a few announcements coming up which will cover 2017, and 2018 is going to be a busy one for us too.

If you could have your dream gig lineup who would be on it?
Dream lineup? Biffy Clyro, MUSE, and Guns and Roses.

If you could’ve written any song in history what song would it be?
 The list is long and varied. Halo by Ryan Tedder / Beyonce, Kickstart my Heart by Motley Crue.
This release is a great listen so be sure to check out our review of the record but also make sure you grab yourself a copy when it releases.

WITTERQUICK – Interview

This week Fiona grabbed a spare few minutes to chat with WITTERQUICK. Ollie, the bassist and lyricist, was kind enough to give her the answers to the questions she, and the rest of Musicology, were curious about.

 

What inspired your band name, and why is it all in caps?

The name comes from an 80s cartoon that a few of us watched called Visionaries. Witterquick is a character in that. The caps was to make it more than a name, it’s not a name, it’s us.

 

How did you find trying to get started as a serious band in Exeter compared to “music hub” cities like London?

We aren’t finding it that hard at all actually, if you work hard enough and you’re making music people like, you can start anywhere. London is a regular for shows and other things behind the scenes, but you work around it. MUSE are from near us, they did ok.

 

What’s your song-writing process?

The majority of the songs start as demos from Will, either whole songs or melody ideas. He and I develop those into full songs and work on the lyrics together, some are more me, some are more him. We’ve got a good Buckingham Nicks writing thing going on. Once we’re done we bash them out as a full band and everyone picks it apart to give their feel.

 

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever been inspired to write a song by? And the most serious?

The most serious will be one from our upcoming EP, either Hiding Place or I Need a Friend Tonight. They were both written at particularly dark times for us. The lyrics and vibe tell the story in those songs. We wrote a song in our very early days called Leeroy Jenkins, it wasn’t directly about the famous WoW hero, but the demo needed a name.

 

You’ve just come off tour, do you have any interesting/funny stories from it?

All too many. We stayed in a place in Norwich that can only be described as a crack den. The rooms had no power or lights, the bathrooms had no taps and the floor seeped water. The place smelled so bad and the dodgiest characters were hanging around. We took the beds out of a few rooms and barricaded ourselves in a room together and left about 6am. That and staying in an abandoned school are up there on the list from this tour.

 

When did Witterquick really begin for you guys?

We toured with Nothing But Thieves right at the end of 2015, a sold out UK run, sharing a tour bus. We’d played about 4 shows before that so that was a serious jump in the deep end for us. It was mayhem from that point on, but with the internal and external changes we made through 2016 I’d say we’ve really found our feet now and are ready to really begin.

 

What’s next for WITTERQUICK over the next six months?

We’ve just announced a UK Summer tour through July, that will take us into festival season too. We’ve got a few releases coming up as well but my lips are sealed about that.

Witterquick release ‘Hiding Place’ music video!

Witterquick are a striking British rock band following in the footsteps of Young GunsLower Than Atlantis and others.

Following their debut EP Beneath The Spinning Lights in 2016, Witterquick‘s recent single is the latest in the lead up to an exciting new EP.

Having supported Nothing But Thieves on a lengthy sold-out tour last year, the band are becoming veterans of the UK tour scene, and are currently out playing shows with Altered Sky and Autumn Ruin.

The band’s current tour dates are:

March 28th – Coventry, Arches
March 29th – Manchester, Rebellion
March 30th – Glasgow, Broadcast

We’ll continue to have the latest from Witterquick, so don’t miss out!

WITTERQUICK announce new single, tour and plans for EP

Brit-Rockers WITTERQUICK have announced the date their new single.

Hiding Place” will be premiered on BBC Introducing in Devon on March 11th with the music Video following a week later. The track will then be released on all major platforms on March 27th.

 

“Epic new British rock.full of big Mallory Knox and Young Guns style music”
– Rock Sound

“Their rousing brand of pop-rock rivals any of their more experienced UK
counterparts.crammed with the sort of dreamy, melodic anthems you’d expect
from a band much further into their career” – Kerrang! Magazine

“Hiding Place” is the first track to be released from the bands eagerly awaited second EP which will be released in the summer.

WITTERQUICK will also be heading out on tour with Altered SKY and Autumn Ruin in March, check out the poster below.


Keep track of the release of both “Hiding Place” and the upcoming EP at WITTERQUICK‘s social media below

 

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