Aptly describing how vast their
musical power spreads simply with their own name, post hardcore, melodic
rockers Acres show a raw honesty with their latest track ‘Lonely World’. Their
striking way of conveying emotion through metallic riffs and pop punk vibes is
mesmerising, and pays a tribute to the very world that exists around them. We
caught up with vocalist Ben Lumber to find out about the Acres story so far and
what the rest of the year looks like for the quartet.
Just to kick us off, can you introduce yourselves,
and tell me the story behind the name ‘Acres’.
Hi, my name is Ben and I’m the vocalist
for Acres. The name came from when we used to drive past a road called ‘Longacres’ on
the way to practice and we decided that Acres sounded cool.
Can you give us a brief history
of Acres, how did this magical journey come to be?
Mostly through other bands, Alex knew
Theo from a band he used to play in. I got asked to join after the guys found
my old band and Konnor was recommended through another friend in a band!
How would you describe your sound to a
Recently we’ve been described as
Cinematic Post Hardcore and I think that’s a pretty good summary. But I can
imagine explaining that to someone drunk would be quite a handful!
Let’s dive in to the song itself:
‘Lonely World’. It’s a remarkable piece that subtly builds into an
astonishingly mighty rock anthem and its raw lyrics hit you deep in the chest,
we absolutely love it! Can you give us a little insight into this track and how
it came to life?
I actually wrote this song about a
close friend of mine, he was going through a pretty shitty time and ended up
losing pretty much everything. I let him live with me for a few months to get
his head straight and one night we were drinking beers, talking and he said
“it’s a lonely world” or something on those lines. The next day the
song was born!
The video for this fabulous track has a
hauntingly dark aesthetic that complements the tone of the song perfectly.
How did the idea of filming in Latvia come about?
We had a really good vision of what
we wanted the video to look like and the concept behind it. Also, we all knew
that we really wanted to work with Pavel at TRE FILMS. When we approached
him, he was super into the ideas and the song. He showed us possible locations
in Latvia and we were blown away by it and just knew that we had to make it
How important is it to have a sense of
identity in the music world? Or is making music that is true to you of greater
I guess identity can be cool, but for
me, as long as you’re making music that makes you happy that is all that
matters. When a band is touring, you have to play these songs every night for
weeks on end and I couldn’t think of anything worse than playing music you
Is there anyone you’re excited by in
the music world at the moment?
There are some really killer bands out
there right now doing great things for British music: Holding Absence, Dream
State, Parting Gift just to name a few. There are far too many to list but UK
bands are killing it right now!
What are your plans for the rest of the
We just announced we’re releasing our
debut album and that will be released on August 9th. We’re also
touring the UK and Europe with our friends in Casey and Gatherers next month,
and we also plan on hitting the road a bunch more before the year is out!