Interview – The Lonely Together

Early in 2021, I reviewed the track Keep A Secret by Scottish indie rock band The Lonely Together. I decide to revisit them and have a chat to see how things have gone since then – you can find out more below!

By Jane Howkins

Early last year you released a new track titled Keep A Secret, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

Keep A Secret is the sixth single to be taken from the debut The Lonely Together album, Everything Viewed Backwards Through The Rearviewmirror and it is available across all major digital outlets, for download and streaming. There are also a very limited number (only 60) clear vinyl 7″ records of Keep A Secret out there too… somewhere!

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

Everything Viewed Backwards Through The Rearviewmirror was released in July, 2021. Work is currently being undertaken on it’s follow-up, Endless Sunset Oblivion and there may be another surprise on the way also…

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

My process is a very straightforward one – my songs come pretty much straight from the heart and I put a lot of myself into them. I think this can make things easier and harder at the same time. I can be very tough on myself – lots of brutal self-editing, I’m a bit of a perfectionist in a way… but ultimately I am serving the song. Coming out of the Covid cave, I am very excited to focus more on collaborations with talented friends and make my process a little more sociable.

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

There will be new singles coming this year!

You’re originally from Scotland. What is the music scene like in your part of the world at the moment?

There are some fantastic bands coming up in Scotland. The wonderful Hamish Hawk is on his way now – a fine talent and lovely pal. Swim School are going to be massive. So many more too… Scotland continues to generate.

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

The world around us. Everything. Endless Sunset Oblivion has a real ‘world focus’ to it – everything from climate change to human interaction – life/death. It’s a record that seeks out beauty in a tough world, coming to accept the dark and unfortunate to finding the golden moments that make it all bearable.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

I’d say the pandemic actually helped, in many ways… It gave me more time than I ever thought I’d have. To write. To record. To think. And I think I’ve come out of it a more positive person, with a renewed focus on where I want to go as a human being, a friend and a musician. The ideas are endless, I’m just trying to channel them and deliver them as best I can, excited for the future.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

I’ve been reluctant to book anything, as everything keeps getting pushed. I’m looking at future prospects though and hope to start making some show announcements before long.

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

An old friend of mine once described a live show of mine as ‘a masterclass in emotional man-pop’ and I still use that as a show barometer to this day. I’d love to offer that to everyone that walks through the door. You can always expect a few laughs as well though. I just want to make people feel good. That’s what I’m looking to do. Why wouldn’t you come and seek that out?

Any last words for the fans?

A heartfelt thanks to the loyal, supportive network that has kept me going through some difficult times. Your patience, kindness and generosity seem to know no bounds and I am eternally grateful for all of it. I am working on rewarding it as soon as I can. Thank you.