Manchester band Gathering Of Strangers have returned with rousingly anthemic new single ‘No Remorse’. It follows the release of previous singles ‘Lady’ and ’Nice Hair’.
Talking about the inspiration behind the track, lead singer Conor Rabone explains “The song tries to align the beauty and tragedy that lies behind family relationships, that some people may experience. Lyrically it speaks from an outsiders perspective, hopefully giving the listener a certain type of comfort and appreciation when listening to the lyrics. Knowing the emotive implications that the song may have, we were never going to make a video that highlighted the subject so directly. In turn we focused all our energy on the love and positivity that you can draw from the song”.
We asked conor to answer out Boom! questions –
How did you first start making music?
We all started writing and playing music from a very young age. Me, personally, I used to sing and impersonate singer song writers and write songs to take the mic out of the cheesy lyrics. I ended up really liking what I wrote and it got me my first girlfriend so I never stopped and here I am, continuing to be an undercover Ronan Keeting impersonator.
What artists have influenced your sound?
As a band we always pride ourselves on how we each brought our own musical personality and influence into the music we make. The Red hot chilli Peppers are a band we continuously look to, that connected us emotionally and musically but sound wise, more recently we’ve taken a lot of inspiration from The War on Drugs and their emotive messages through melody and lyrics.
What was the inspiration behind you new single?
No Remorse tells a story of how one individual can come out stronger and better from a situation that may seem impossible to do so. The inspiration behind it, was that I wanted to lyrically connect with our listeners, which I felt I hadn’t yet properly done and this was subject I felt very strongly about so felt only right to do so.
What are your plans and hopes for the rest of the year?
Our hopes are that this big old crazy world can go back to normal sometime soon. But in the meantime as people are keeping safe, we plan to keep a strong online presence from our individual bedrooms and potentially release some more tracks we are getting ready.
What have been your favourite records of 2020 so far?
Tame impala never fail to bring out a great record and their latest one ‘The Slow Rush’ was a definite album that was on repeat for a while when it was released.
If you could give one tip to any aspiring bands what would it be?
Don’t give up. That is all. If this is what you wake up for, like a lot of us then don’t let anyone or anything stop you from getting where you want to be.