What are your names?
Dion Hamer, Cynyr Hamer, Carwyn Ginsberg, Dion Jones
What is the bands name?
How did you come up with the bands name?
It came from Paul McCartney’s ‘Mother Nature’s Son’
What is your genre of music?
Alternative psychedelic rock
Give us a little bio about you.
The band was started by Dion and Cynyr Hamer, Carwyn Ginsberg and Dion Jones have recently joined. We all live more or less at the foot of Snowdon in North Wales. Our site-specific themed debut album was self-released at the tail end of 2016 and gained coverage on major platforms such as The Guardian and UNCUT Magazine.We also earned a debut performance slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds Festival in 2016 and found success playing shows as part of the ‘Horizons 12’ scheme; which included a recording session at the historic ‘Maida Vale Studios’ in London.
What made you go into music?
Growing up, getting more and more obsessed with other people’s music so wanted to try it out, and once you start, you’re hooked.
Are you a signed?
You released your new single ‘Here Comes the Moonshadow’, tell us more about the single.
‘Here Comes The Moonshadow’ is a track that started off as a lyric and melody a fair few years ago, it has obvious leanings towards escapism, similar to a few songs written at that that time, most of which featured on our debut album, ‘Fforesteering’. But over the past few months it has developed into what it is now, it’s been taken in another direction to our usual stuff, maybe influenced by Bowie’s space related material (Starman, Space Oddity) and George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Here Comes The Moon’. Also with regards to lyrics, we can’t recollect exactly where the word Moonshadow came from, but we’re now quite sure that Cat Stevens is the only musician to have ever used the word ‘Moonshadow’ in a song, so maybe we’ve come across it at some point, and subconsciously has been an influence on the lyrics.
What is the meaning behind the Single?
Wanting and waiting for change
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing process like?
The main melody and lyrics came together pretty quickly, recorded the idea into a mobile phone, added a few bits of keys melody a few days later. The song was written a few years ago, but has always been a favourite among the band members, so was just waiting for the proper time to record it properly.
What was the recording process like?
We recorded a rough demo at the time of the song being written, a few years ago. Then we started the main recording of the song just before christmas 2018. We wanted the sound to be a little different from the demo and wanted to accentuate the atmosphere in the song. The drums and the bass guitar are pretty basic, keeping to the rhythmic pattern of the song. As for the guitars we used some fuzz, sustain, delay and reverb..to try and create the desired sound. For the added atmosphere, we have a rainshaker and some rhythmic castanet..which were recorded through some reverby mics. We used a novation bass station synth for the key’s melody, and a korg ms2000 for the rhythmic keys parts. All in all it was a very enjoyable song to record.
You also released a music video for the single, what was the creative process like for you.
The video was made by Dion the drummer, who had dabbled a bit in video at art school, it’s great to have full control of the whole creative process from audio to moving image. But it does have its challenges, we were dependant on the weather as we had no lighting and it’s always a challenge to get us all to places at certain days as we all more or less work full time.
It’s a part of a double release, tell us all about the secondary release.
The b-side ‘Hel y Hadau’ was written and recorded over the summer. It was quite a fun recording session, since the track is quite loose and experimental at times. You can hear the sound of a lawnmower at the beginning of the track, since our dad was cutting the grass right outside our studio, we left it in just because it seemed to work well. ‘Hel y Hadau’ translates to ‘Collect the Seeds’.
Describe it in two words.
Will we see an EP or Album?
We are currently recording our second album at our home studio in Ceunant, Snowdonia. And we hope it will be ready for release in the first quarter of 2020
Do you have any shows coming up?
If so where will you be heading?
We’re heading to Chester and Wrexham in the next couple weeks.
What else can we expect in 2019?
We’ve played a few shows over the summer and have just come back from a trip to Canada where we were playing the BreakOut West festival, which kept us busy the last few months working on our live set. We’re expecting to be in the studio the rest of the year, busy spending a lot of time recording and finishing our album.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
We wouldn’t rule it out
Do you play any instruments?
Guitars, bass, drums, synthesizers, piano, percussions
Who are your influences?
Hippies v Ghosts, Fennel Seeds, Alffa, Fauna Twin, The Beatles
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Listening to other people’s music is always an inspiration. But mostly for my own personal creativity, the place where i live in Snowdonia, the environment and natural landscapes, the nature all around, the feeling that it gives is the main inspiration
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Making music and still evolving.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Full time dad, laboratory technician, dabble in the arts, window cleaning.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Nirvana – Aneurysm
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Never wear white trousers on tour.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Try to realise it’s all within yourself
No one else can make you change
And to see you’re really only very small
And life flows on within you and without you
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Que sera, sera
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Bed
2/ Who do you see first? The dog
3/What do you eat first? Tea + biscuit
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Baseball cap for my altocelarophobia