In the summer of 2014, London based dirt-pop trio CRITICS were born, with a ferocious, quirky attitude determined to take the music industry by storm. Spending the bulk of their first year in the studio has paid off immensely as they have produced catchy rock tunes for their incredible debut EP Spilt Milk.
GIGsoup managed to squeeze in a little chat with CRITICS about their epic single ‘All I Wanna Know’, their music plans and their latest release.
Can you tell us who CRITICS are?
Three musicians who are here to reinvent the face of mainstream music and give it a good kick in the teeth.
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Is it an exciting time to be a band in London right now, what’s the scene like?
London is a strange and wonderful place, there’s so many different sub-cultures within one city. There used to be a huge unsigned scene in London a few years ago but seems to have gone now, so we would say it’s harder than ever for a band to make their mark but there’s definitely on the rise again.
As for All I Wanna Know itself, the sass of synth, the stripped back quality and the interesting layering of harmonies give it that little something extra that makes a song shine. Can you give us a little insight to this track, what is it about and how did it all come together?
We spent about a year in the studio honing our sound and with help our producer we were able to get the sound we were looking for. It’s something we developed over time but we’re really happy with our approach to writing and production now. The song itself is about the aftermath of a paranoid and schizophrenic-like breakdown, and how so many people cannot deal with this kind of explosion, and thus leave you in your greatest time of need. All I Wanna Know details the want for revenge in the best way – success. It challenges those who doubted you face on.
And the song itself was taken from your wonderfully innovative and eclectic debut EP: Split Milk, how did that release go for you guys personally?
We released the EP whilst we were on tour with Drowners so we got some immediate feedback from fans straight away, which was great because after working so long on our music we were happy to hear our fans enjoyed the EP as much as we enjoyed making it.
Can we dig a little into the CRITICS songwriting process, does someone take responsibility for the lyrics?
Lynn is the one who writes all the lyrics and melodies that you hear, but we all put own spin on the arrangement. We normally write in the studio rather than in the rehearsal room which is new thing all us but one we feel is crucial when creating the sound we want.
You’re going on tour with Vukovi next month, are you excited about being on the road and what can we expect from your live set?
Yes we’re excited, it will be our first tour of the year and will be great to meet everyone after a few months away. We’re playing pretty much the whole EP whilst chucking in some new tracks, so people can get a taste of what we have coming later in the year.
What’s next for CRITICS, any more plans in the upcoming months?
We plan to tour a lot this year and also play a few of the festivals. We’ll be recording more material come Spring and can’t wait to release our next couple of singles throughout the year.