Adore/Repel – Interview

We recently had the opportunity to chat to a bunch of bands playing the upcoming Rifffest in Leeds later on this month. Our next chat was with guitarist Jimmy Brown from Adore/Repel, which made us even more excited for the date!

By Jane Howkins

How was your 2018? Any particular highlights you can tell us about?

2018 was a really busy year for us. We toured the UK, Iceland and the USA; we released a single Fractures in Time; we also welcomed in our new drummer Harry. He also plays in Celestial Green and formally in Keeper. He’s a Gem.

Is there anything in particular that you’re looking forward to in the coming year, either in your private life or as a musician?

We have an EU tour in the works, and have a new single called Young Hunter coming out in March. And, hopefully, our second album will be ready for release towards the end of the year.

You’re playing at Rifffest soon; are you excited for that?

Yeah, we can’t wait. The line-up is great and we love playing at the Lending Room in Leeds

How will Rifffest be different to a normal show, and what can people expect from one of your shows in general? Were you already friends with or fans of the other bands on the line-up?

It’s really fun when you get to play on a full day festival like this. It’s half hour slots for each band showcasing their stuff. We have a new song to play, and this will be the first time we play it live. We have played some shows before with Hands Off Gretel and False Advertising, but we’re really looking forward to Brooders and Faux Pas.

Do you have any other tour dates coming up, or any other festival shows? And which are your favorite festivals to go to, either as punters or as performers?

We have an EU tour in April and May that’s currently being booked and some London dates followed, hopefully, by a UK tour in the summer. We loved playing the Leeds and Reading Festivals in 2016, and there was a good alt-festival in Kent called Heavy Fest that we went to a few times but I think that’s stopped now.

Have you released any new music recently? Do you have any plans to release an EP or album this year?

Hopefully an album in late 2019. We have a lot of stuff ready, we just need to finish some tracks and start recording.

And do you have any singles planned for release in 2019? If so, what can you tell us about them?

We have a single coming out called Young Hunter in March. We played the track for the first time in Portland USA during our Bridge City Sessions.

What sort of things influence you most as musicians; and which bands and artists have you been listening to recently that you can recommend our readers to check out?

A lot of film soundtracks and scores influence our song writing and we also pull influence from all kinds of genres. Turnstile are a great band; they’re a really fresh take on early New York hardcore.

What is the writing and recording process like for you? How do you start out on a track? And how have things changed in this regard since you started out?

It’s a longer process with the writing side of things. We record most of our rehearsals and jam for around three hours, working on sections then arrange them afterwards. It’s been that way since we formed. It really works for us.

Any last words for your fans?

Keep checking out our dates and come see us live. Also check out the Bridge City Sessions we did in the USA on YouTube.

Thank you, Jimmy.