Midnight Mouth

From left to right: Pierce, Poppy, Arthur, Scott.

West-London band Midnight Mouth will be releasing ‘Feel Better’ on June 18, the first single taken from the band’s forthcoming EP which is set for release later this year. ‘Feel Better’ follows the release of ‘Afterlife’ & ‘Coward’ back in 2019. ‘Feel Better’ showcases the band’s signature upbeat rock sound mixed with a sonorous melody, and is a much-welcome reminder that, even when things feel difficult, there’s always hope.

In your press release, you describe ‘Feel Better’ as a song about “doing anything – big or small – to make yourself feel good again.” What other messages do you hope to convey?
SCOTT: When I wrote the lyrics, I was on the 333 to Streatham Hill after having a really bad day and I realised that I was the only one who could make myself feel better. In my situation, I felt like it wasn’t someone else’s job. It was my own.

Could you tell us a bit about the artwork behind ‘Feel Better’?
ARTHUR: Well, during lockdown, I’ve been spending a lot of time on my roof… Where else is there to go?! The artwork is a photo I took one evening and thought it would be a good image for the track. It symbolises that even when you’re stuck in the house, there are simple things to appreciate. Plus, we recorded the track in isolation, so it felt right for the artwork to be taken from isolation too!

You’ve also been working on an EP during lockdown, which has been self-recorded, produced, and mixed. What was the creative process behind it like? Were you faced with any challenges?
POPPY: We’ve been playing these songs for well over a year now so we knew exactly what we wanted to achieve. We really wanted to capture the ‘live noise’ in the recordings as well and we feel like we’ve done that.
PIERCE: But obviously it wasn’t all straightforward. We all had to set up in house studios and we recorded our individual parts before sending them to Poppy to mix. Doing everything during this time was the biggest challenge.
ARTHUR: My neighbours complained.

Does the EP fit into a particular musical genre, or does it borrow from multiple forms? What can we expect from the EP?
POPPY: Well, last year, we released two tracks ‘Afterlife’ and ‘Coward’ and they were a bit more low fi. This EP shows a more ‘energetic’ side to us. We draw influences from artists like Frightened Rabbit, The National, Modest Mouse and Bloc Party.

Have you discovered a new hobby, passion, or talent whilst in lockdown?
SCOTT: We know that everyone has been making a load of sourdough but Arthur has genuinely become “The Sourdough King” making one every day and dropping them off on pretty little boxes.
ARTHUR: It’s all about the quality of the flour.
POPPY: I’ve been really getting into analogue synths.

What is the first thing you’ll do post lockdown?
SCOTT: Get back into the rehearsal room and play some damn shows

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