Interview – Calm.

Earlier this year we reviewed the track Eat Shit Everyone by Calm., a British band from our own home county of Yorkshire. I loved their sound and feel that more people should know about them so decided an interview would be a good way to promote their music. Check out how we got on below!

By Jane Howkins

You released a track earlier this year titled Eat Shit Everyone, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

Firstly, cheers for the review, we appreciate it! The tune is a big of old fuck you anthem to the selfishness of people. I wrote it around the beginning of the first lockdown in incredulity at the nauseous way people were clearing entire shelves of necessities and generally behaving like fools. You can get the song in all the usual places, all the streaming sites (Spotify and Apple Music etc.) and Bandcamp!

Have you got any plans to release a full length album or an EP anytime soon?

Next year we have our debut EP coming out. It’s already written, it slams and it’s gonna be the soundtrack of your summer (hopefully!).

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

The writing process for Eat Shit Everyone was oddly simple and easy, usually songwriting for me is a puzzle with infinite parts that I obsess over for a couple of weeks but this was easy! Recording on the other hand was a far more arduous task. Trying to get a bunch of guys together to record who aren’t even able to rehearse together thanks to covid was sort of a nightmare. It turned out killer but there was a lot of stress around actually getting it done!

Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?

We have one more single coming out before the EP and it’ll be called Reptile Brain. It’s the best thing we’ve put out to date, we can’t wait to share it with anyone who’ll listen!

You’re based in Harrogate, which isn’t far from us! What is the music scene like there at the moment and has it influenced you much?

The music scene around Harrogate sadly took a bit of a hit thanks to the pandemic! We’ve got some killer bands as there always has been but there’s been so few shows over the past while that new bands haven’t really come about as much as you may like!

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

My favourite band is Samiam and their ethos of beautiful simplicity and catchiness is a lense that I run all my writing through. We also have a healthy dose of Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance in the vocals and choruses. I checked my Apple Music replay thing recently and everything from The Dirty Nil to Doc Watson to Cookin’ Soul to BTS has made its way in there so yeah, think it’s fair to say that the net is wide as far as listening material is concerned!

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The pandemic has hindered everything we do except the actual creation of the music which it has all but accelerated! I can’t complain about that, I get bored, I wrote songs. Cheers global pandemic.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

If only! We were due to have a show at The Key Club but that was cancelled thanks to covid, times are hard right now sadly. That being said, a new equilibrium is being established and after a few local shows we’re getting to the point that we can hop on some good shows in the UK.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

You can expect energy, passion and choruses that you feel you know without knowing em that’ll have you screaming nonsense words by the end of the song. Oh and Fred, you find our other guitarist Fred being his usual.. unique self.

Any last words for the fans?

Calm. is the greatest rock band in history… duh.