Interview – The Kindly Ravens

I recently featured the song, Bittersweet Lie, by The Kindly Ravens in a round-up review and playlist based around underground country music. They have a great sound to their music, so if you like what you read below, make sure you check the track out!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Bittersweet Lie, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased? What does the title refer to?

Bittersweet Lie is our follow up to our debut single Silver and Gold. The song is about how we tell ourselves little lies to protect ourselves from truths we might not want to hear, or situations that we may be in denial about. The song is available on all streaming services.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Only in terms of live shows. We have still been able to write and record relatively freely.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Usually either Cassi or I have some lyrics that we start with and then send to the other person. From there, we do a back and forth until we have something we both love. When we can we try to get into the same room and sit across from each other with guitars to work through ideas. From a recording process, we record both guitars with a guide vocal first and then layer the song up from there.

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

Yes we go into the studio again on Feb 26th to record the next single.

Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

The plan is to record an album and so far we have about 7 songs already recorded and about 4 more ready to go. As well as these, we are holding about 6 songs back for our follow up.

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

Cassi is very influenced by Taylor Swift. I’m more influenced by Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, Tom Petty, Blackberry Smoke, etc.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

We are based in Brisbane, Australia and have a very vibrant scene here for most musical genres.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Depending on the pandemic, we are looking at a mini tour around March.

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

Live will just be Cassi and I, so the shows will be very stripped back and raw – I think that lets you ‘feel’ the song a lot more.

Any last words for the fans?

We really appreciate the support. As an independent artist, it’s pretty hard going, so we don’t take anything for granted. Stay tuned, there are some great songs coming.