After a swirling, jangly indie breakthrough with their debut album Be Slowly in 2014, Birmingham three-piece JAWS have returned with their second, heavier and more determined offering – Simplicity.
I threw some questions at frontman Connor Schofield to get the lowdown ahead of their next big London gig, at The Dome on November 24th.
How do you feel you’ve developed as a band – in sound and writing, and as individuals – since the first album?
“I think our progression is very natural, the longer you do something the better you get at it. I mean we’re not a great band but we are a bit better at playing our songs and writing then we were 4 years ago, or from when we first started out. We’ve all grown up a lot in the last couple of years too, especially during the writing of Simplicity.”
How was the process of making Simplicity different than making Be Slowly? (or was it not?)
“Writing-wise, it wasn’t really much different, we just kept on writing until we were happy with a load of songs, and then we cut it down to the best 13. I think we ended up with about 28 songs in the end.”
What were you listening to whilst making the album, or what specific artists would you say influenced it the most?
“I can’t remember if I’m being honest. We recorded this album last August and wrote it before that. I think live music in general was a big influence on this album though. We wanted to make sure we could play every song properly before we recorded them. I know that sounds silly but a lot of bands write and demo on their laptops these days, so do we, but we made sure the songs sounded great live first before we recorded them.”
Which song are you most proud of on the new album?
“Probably either ‘17’ or ‘The Invisible Sleep’. They are both quite a different direction for us and I think that’s why we enjoyed writing and recording them so much.”
If you could tour with any band – either supporting you, or you supporting them – who would it be and why?
“I’m gonna say Blink 182 in their self-titled era. I would love to hear that record every night for a few weeks. That would be nice.”
What are you watching/reading/listening to/doing on the road to keep you occupied on this tour?
“I have a really sick playlist on Spotify that I was meant to make public but I still haven’t, so probably listening to that. Basically every time I hear a song I love I add it.
(Connor’s playlist is now online to listen to)
What are your favourite songs to play live and why?
“‘Gold’ I think, just because it always goes off. I’m looking forward to playing it on this tour a lot.”
And finally, if you could be any animal for a day what would it be, why, and what would you do?
“I’d be a cat and just chill all day I think.”
Simplicity is available now on CD and vinyl from: https://www.musicglue.com/jawsjawsjaws
JAWS play The Dome, Tufnell Park on 24th November 2016.
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