Interview with Insolace
SPR (VIMH): Hi guys, congrats on your new single 'Not Alright'! What is the significance of the single title?
Insolace: We went for a more bold approach when naming this single as our last releases 'Calm' and 'Jaded' have more room for interpretation. The lyrical content of 'Not Alright' is slightly more straight to the point, so we felt the name is fitting for what the song represents.
SPR (VIMH): What do the lyrics talk about? Which are your major lyric influences?
Insolace: The line of the chorus "sinking deep and it's hard to breath" pretty much sums it up, and it was particularly that line in the song that inspired the artwork for this single. The song is about life's troubles that persistently weigh on you, the song also highlights societal expectations which can also wear you down.
SPR (VIMH): Which are those elements that separate your new material from your previous?
Insolace: This release is more Alternative and almost more Indie sounding than our previous singles. I think this song has raw elements that our other releases don't have, it's less polished which is what we were going for!
SPR (VIMH): What are your expectations from the new single 'Not Alright'?
Insolace: 'Not Alright' is slightly different from our other material, so we'd hope to tap into other scenes with this track! This is one of our more Alternative sounding songs, so hopefully it will be embraced by Alternative rock fans.
SPR (VIMH): How’s the fans’ reactions been to the new songs on your live shows so far?
Insolace: Really good actually! The support and love we've received at our shows has been really touching, and it's not something we'd ever forget! 'Not Alright' always seems to go down quite well when we perform it so hopefully it will be received the same way when it's released for your listening pleasure on March 20th!
SPR (VIMH): Do you prefer to be on the road or on the studio writing and recording?
Insolace: Literally every aspect of being in a band is thrilling. I'd say the writing/recording process is equally as amazing as the live side of things. It's an exciting process we hope to carry on doing for as long as possible.
SPR (VIMH): How did you come up with the name Insolace initially?
Insolace: We can't remember which one of us spawned the band name, but I remember we were in a Weatherspoons and we were throwing dozens of name ideas at each other hoping a name would stick, until one of us said "how about Insolace?". We felt the name represents exactly what this band stands for, so the name has stuck with us ever since!
SPR (VIMH): How would you describe your music style to someone that hasn’t heard of you before?
Insolace: For people that listen to more underground UK bands we'd usually reference bands such as Boston Manor, Vukovi, Dream State and Yonaka to describe our sound. If you're not too aware of that scene then we'd compare our selves to more established bands like Paramore, Linkin Park and Bring Me The Horizon.
SPR (VIMH): Which do you consider to be the best male & female vocalist in rock history?
Insolace: We feel some amazing voices came out of the early millennium such as Aaron Lewis of Staind, Wes Scantlin of Puddle Of Mudd and Chad Kroeger of Nickelback (don't hate, he has a great voice). Those three singers had so much power and personality to their voices! It's hard to say who are the best singers in rock history, but those are just some of our favourites!
SPR (VIMH): Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
Insolace: Musically speaking, we'd probably say Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, but that album was written and inspired by a lot of turmoil, so we don't envy that element of the album haha. If you don't know what inspired the lyrical content of that album then we'd suggest you look it up!
SPR (VIMH): Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
Insolace: Subjectively, I'd say Nevermind by Nirvana, but I think a more sensible choice would be the Thriller album by Michael Jackson. That album shook the world like no other album has, and it portrays human excellency perfectly.
SPR (VIMH): If you had the chance to travel in time... where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
Insolace: I'll have to give you a generic answer by saying the 60's! That decade was probably the most interesting decade to live in for music and culture. The music of that decade is still so prevalent to this day and will probably last the test of time.