I recently reviewed the album, Extras, by The Search. They’ve got a really unique sound to their music, drawing from a lot of different influences, and they’re well worth checking out for anyone into their rock or folk music. I decided to conduct an interview with the band – read on below to find out more!
By Jane Howkins
You recently released an album titled Extras, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the album?
We had an odd approach this time around. The album was initially recorded using sampled drums, guitars and bass guitars. Demos, basically. We then replaced most of them with real instruments. So, bit by bit replacing “fake” stuff with real, so to speak.
Has the pandemic hindered your work much?
In a way. The way the album was recorded for example. Other than that, we’ve been pretty consistent given the circumstances, at least from a creative standpoint.
What is the writing and recording process like for you?
The songs are written on an acoustic guitar. 99% of our songs are playable on an acoustic, I’m old fashioned that way. It’s the old pen and paper toolkit. We then try to make them stand out from each other when it’s time to arrange them. Compare the track Halt to Writing On The Wall. The first one sounds like we went to school. The other one is more “Hey, I just discovered how to turn the distortion pedal on and off”.
Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?
If you want to, we could.
Have you started writing for another EP or an album?
I’m always one step ahead when it comes to that part. So yes, I’m almost done with the writing process for the next album. It will be a little more straight forward and heavy, I think. At the moment we’re rehearsing new songs, the songs from Extras, as well as a new live setlist, so it’s pretty busy with a lot of tracks to learn. Poor bandmates.
What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?
Lately I’ve been listening to Azure Ray, The Ramones, The Railway Children, Tommy Keene and Memoryhouse.
Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?
We’re based in Uppsala, Sweden. I’m wilfully ignorant of what’s going on in the Swedish music scene. I’m most definitely not influenced by my surroundings, musically.
Do you have any tour dates lined up?
We’ve played some live shows and it has felt better than ever. Since we’ve decided to revise our setlist – digging up tunes from yesteryear as well as incorporating tracks to the list that no one’s heard before – we won’t be ready to tour just yet. But there will probably be some live dates in the fall.
What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?
I guess if you’re into music with jangly guitars, chorus effects and songs that focus on the vocals and melody, then welcome! Otherwise, welcome!
Any last words for the fans?
Thank you for being patient, we love you all!