Today’s track of the day comes from Edinburgh outfit SHVLLOWS with their amazing new single ‘Zurich’.
Channelling eighties synth-pop influences, the four-piece have built on the success of their debut single ‘Shake’ with another huge track that is bound to generate even more interest. With its soaring atmospherics, uplifting pop melodies, powerful vocals and sparkling synths, SHVLLOWS are ready to take the music industry by storm with this vibrant track.
Exploring “anxiety and self-doubt, and the extreme lengths people will go to overcome them” through their lyrics, the song bursts with cathartic energy on the euphoric, fist-pumping chorus, ultimately offering hope through the darkness with the message that no is alone.
GIGsoup caught up with the band to hear about the track and more…
Hey guys, can you tell us a bit about latest single ‘Zurich’ and what it’s about?
Hey, straight in with the depressing stuff, Zurich deals with the themes of anxiety and self doubt, and the extreme lengths to which people will go to overcome them. The verses of the song follow the main protagonist who is suffering from these very emotions, whilst the chorus promotes positivity, and the overwhelming message that nobody is ever truly alone.
You’ve had a great reaction to what you’ve put out already which is great. Any added pressure?
The reaction has been incredible, beyond anything we could have dreamed. There is a lot of pressure right now to impress everyone in the industry but we are not nervous at all, we have a few things up our sleeves for them.
Can you tell us a bit about your creative process when working on a track like this?
Usually it starts off with one of us in our pants at 2am in front of a laptop with a keyboard and a guitar. We bounce these ideas around the band via dropbox and eventually finalise the demo track before we even enter a rehearsal room. We then use these demos as the foundation of the actual single, both Shake and Zurich have little odds and ends from the demo tracks still included on them.
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Who are your big musical inspirations?
We love EverythingEverything, St Lucia, Chromeo, Brandon Flowers ………. Boyzone.
There’s been an emergence of synth-pop groups in Scotland in recent years, with the likes of Chvrches and Prides. Have they influenced you in any way?
Believe it or not, we are not actually huge chvrches fans, I loved the debut album but they get played in all of our work places far too much, every single day. Prides are definitely an influence, we love Tongues. as well. Things are definitely easier for bands like us now they have opened the gates.
If you could collaborate with one artist who would it be?
EverythingEverything. Dare I say they are the most unique and creative band in over a decade?
What else is in store for the band?
We can’t say too much! There is a lot happening right now that even we can’t believe. We can guarantee a new single, early 2017. You heard it here first!