“Biffy Clyro were a pretty major influence”
Purplequince (follow her on twitter here) concludes her interview with Tom Haynes about Grasslands and the recently released EP: My Folks Prefer The Clone and how he wrote the songs.
PQ: Within your music there are some very strong images, for example, ‘The Ball Starts To Move’, ‘Me And My Steam Robot’ and ‘My Folks Prefer The Clone’. Are any aspects within these images that are taken from real life or is it all fictional?
TH: I honestly have no clue where these ideas came from. I know that The Ball Starts To Move was heavily influenced by Pen Dinas hillfort towering over Aberystwyth. Me And My Steam Robot says everything that it needs to about me as a kid. As for the clones… who knows, there’s some dark stuff there. I suppose I could blame comics.
PQ: Which song have you most enjoyed producing?
TH: I remember My Folks Prefer The Clone came together quite smoothly. All of the work on the EP was easier once I shifted platforms from Sonar Home studio 7 on Windows to Logic X on iMac.
PQ: What would you say has been your greatest influences in your music as a whole?
TH: Biffy Clyro were a pretty major influence on the Grasslands EPs. The Flaming Lips and Super Furry Animals too.
PQ: Do you have a favourite song?
TH: Off the EPs I am probably most impressed with The Ball Starts To Move and I am very pleased with how Ambient Groceries turned out on EP1: Time To Think. Ambient Groceries really drew a line through some bad memories.
Other peoples songs… hmmmm… right now I would say I am very envious of Homosapian by PVT.
PQ: In your blogs you mention having to learn the drums in order to play some of the difficult parts of the songs, are there any songs that were particularly difficult to finish?
TH: Me And My Steam Robot was a very tricky song to record. So many tempo changes. I am really pleased with how it came out though. There is a similarly structured song that needs recording on EP3, which I am daunting.
PQ: Do you think you will use this lyrical format to tell other stories?
TH: I’m not too sure, I think I’m looking forward to doing something different, so it probably won’t be quite the same way next time. I think I might keep the idea of musical themes and communicating things in interesting ways, but who knows.
PQ: Having just finished your second EP and with another two to follow, we’re all wondering, what can we expect from your next EPs?
Most of the songs are already written for the next two EPs. EP3 has a bit of a Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein vibe, with the rock songs from EP2 still prominent, but this will fade as the next EP progresses. As for EP4… well…I think it will be quite different to the others.
PQ: Do you have any other music planned?
Me and my Mate, Ade from Two Short Planks have been working on an album together for the past few months. It is pretty different to Grasslands. It’s an electronica album. I’m really looking forward to releasing that. Check it out at http://www.nosideeffectsmusic.wordpress.com. I want to do another DJ Mix and I was thinking about doing something else, but I’ll keep that quiet for the moment.
Grasslands EP2: My Folks Prefer The Clone is now available to purchase in all major digital stores including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, plus free streaming on Spotify. Get it cheaper in the Grasslands Music Store.