What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-Writing music is always exciting for us – finding new ways to take the Booze & Glory sound further.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-The new album is definitely a progression for us, whilst still retaining the core Booze & Glory sound. We spent a lot more time on the writing, recording and production and we think that shows in the way that Chapter IV sounds. We used some different instrumentation which expands on what we’ve done on previous recordings -piano, mandolin, banjo and even a string section!
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-We write about our own life experiences and hope that people can relate them to their own lives. We’re expressing our own thoughts and feelings about things we’ve gone through and many of these things are experiences that a lot of people also deal with It’s important to us to have that level of direct honesty in what we do.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-We have lots of different influences: Cock Sparrer, Social Distortion, Clash…. We all listen to all sorts of things: as well as the sort of bands you’d expect, Mark is really into Northern Soul and Reggae, Liam listens to a lot of Irish folk -all of these things come together to make the Booze & Glory sound.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-The artwork for Chapter IV is a representation of the journey we’ve been on so far, as well as the road yet to travel. It’s called Chapter IV not just because it’s our fourth album but also because we see this as a new chapter in the life of the band. over the last couple of years a lot has changed for us both personally and professionally. We’ve had a couple of line-up changes as well as working hard to expand on our sound. We’ve all given up our day jobs to dedicate all of our time to Booze & Glory, so we feel that the album’s name and artwork is representative of the subject matter of the songs, which do relate our recent life experiences.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-We think that Good artwork is absolutely essential for any release. Why spend so much time putting everything into a recording to then give it a terrible cover? Lots of people do like to have physical copies of our albums -particularly vinyl, so the artwork really should reflect the quality of, and the effort put into the record itself.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Vinyl definitely is having a bit of a resurgence, but as for things like Spotify, it’s just the way things are now. Our music is still getting out there and that’s what’s important. It just means that there is more emphasis now on bands in a live setting -which is the social aspect of music anyway.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-We are very much a live band -we’re on an extensive European tour at the moment.
We love playing live -our shows are always pretty crazy! It is incredibly important to us to do live shows, travelling around and meeting people in different places. Having that interaction with people at our shows is what it’s all about. There’s very much a sense of community with the people who come to see us and its great to be a part of that.
What lies in the future?
-The future? As i mentioned, we’re on tour in Europe at the moment. After that we’re heading over to the US to do a West Coast tour -starting in Seattle and ending in Mexico! After that we have lots of festivals over the summer, we’re doing a uk tour in June, East Coast US tour in September, Japan in October… so we’ve got a very busy year ahead!