A&H: This record is generally about changes. A huge part of it is about not having Arms & Hearts as a band anymore. There was no huge spat, it just happened that I started doing more and more solo shows till it made more sense, but there is always that sense of loneliness I feel, especially when travelling alone now, which found its way into the lyrical themes of the record. There is a line in Take No Prisoners, “If I keep giving all this grace what’s left for me” which kind of shows my sometimes frustration at how hard I can work for such a little return in something that keeps calling me back no matter what. It varies from my other EPs because personally, I don’t hate it for a start. It’s the first effort I am proud of and I don’t think I’m trying to sound like something else. I think I have begun to find a basis for my sound that I can now develop; this to me feels like my first real EP, the first record that I have done properly.
I: Are you planning on another tour for this EP? How did you manage the self-booked tours and traveling on public transport with your gear on the previous tours?
A&H: As mentioned previously, I just did a small tour with Harker and my friends in Larkhill (if you are reading this, check them both out now, go do it, this can wait), which was awesome. My main priority with managing a tour is keeping costs down, so I only ever get a hotel or whatever as a very last resort; I tend to try and call on a lot of my wonderful friends who live in different places in the UK. This also means lots of time spent on a megabus too. I shall leave that there. Just being organized helps with managing tours; knowing where you need to be for a certain time and having everything set out in advance. I usually have some kind of document with all I need on it somewhere on my person.
I: Have you ever had any weird fan encounters?
A&H: Not really. I guess it’s weird having fans. I by no means have many at all. I have lots of friends who don’t hate my music (I joke). I guess I try and make friends with people who show an interest in music and pre-existing friends have gotten into my music. I guess the weirdest thing, and it isn’t that weird, was a guy walked into this free/donation entry show I was playing in Leeds, watched my set, bought a t shirt from me straight after the set and then left before any of the other bands came on. He didn’t leave a donation though, much to the dismay of the promoter. I still have no idea who that guy is to this day.
Thanks so much for Arms & Hearts and Rookie PR for letting us ask a few questions!