Hey One-Way, how have you been since we last chatted?
Very well, thank you. We were based in Manchester I think when we last spoke – but have had a busy time since travelling all over the show. I’m in Budapest at the minute, but will be back in England from December, ready to start promoting this EP.
Give those who are new to your music a little bio about you and your music.
We were writing songs for a future theatre show and it snowballed into a separate music project, hence ‘One-Way Song’. We were lucky to perform at the Imperial War Museum at the first exhibit of Wyndham Lewis’ work in over 60 years, the poet/artist/writer who we are named after, and our debut EP ‘Passionate Leave’ is out now on Hilltown Records.
How has your music developed since we last chatted?
It’s heavier now, more ambitious, sonically for a debut EP it now punches above its weight – and that’s thanks to the people who have worked on it. It’s not just BBC 6 Music ‘good’ now either, it’s got more of its own character.
You have since been signed as well, how did that come about?
We took our demos into Hilltown Studios, where we worked with Keiron Melling and Mat Arnold on the tracks that became Passionate Leave. They were just setting up a record label, Hilltown Records, and chose to release our EP on it, which we’re really happy about.
You have dropped your new DEBUT EP ‘Passionate Leave’ under your new label, tell us more about the EP.
It’s out on the 27th on Hilltown Records, pre-orders are live now. We’ve done a full video to go with it, that various members of the group filmed over the past year, plus some snippets from our theatre shows. There’s been very different reactions and interpretations of it so far. My favourite thing though was someone saying they thought the title ‘Passionate Leave’ was about Brexit! I can’t unthink that now.
What was the writing and recording process like for the Ep?
Very intuitive, and very efficient. I had some random lyrics jotted down but they weren’t fixed to any particular song, Angus and some other musicians gave me some instrumentals, we pieced it all together across a few live shows and then took what we had to the studio. The closing section of ‘Billy Fisher Fitzgerald’, that we call ‘The Summer Houses Of The Dead’ was written on the spot in the studio.
Describe each track in two words.
New Last Sun: Magaluf Archeofuturism
Dr. Spraza Lies: Teutonic Styx
Riviera Nightmare: Two Catholic
Billy Fisher Fitzgerald: Cheshire Judex
Post-Sex In The Mafia: Photo Genic
What is the message you want your fans to get from the EP.
That no bee in our bonnet outbuzzes the ones that land on it.
Do you have any shows or a tour in planning?
Yes, and we’re very, very near to announcing. Hopefully within the next two weeks.
If So where will you be heading?
We’d want Manchester to be our first show – it’s been too long!
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