Releasing a new album is an exciting time for any band but especially if it’s your debut. With the release of Through all Times now under their belt, Louder Than War’s Sheryl Willis spoke with the band about everything from the importance of having their own record label to whether London or Norwich has the best music scene.
Hello guys! Could you all introduce yourselves and say what your role in the band is?
We have Daniel Hopkinson; vocals/guitar/piano. Jakub Tucholski; guitar/piano. Stephen Hopkinson; bass/vocals. Ollie Pearce; drums/vocals – together we’re The Light Parades.
So you formed in 2011 and you currently float between two bases; London and Norwich. How do you find that? Is it an annoyance or do you enjoy not being tied down to one place too much?
It’s actually great, it works well having two bases, the travel doesn’t affect us, and in fact we like it. Although we will all be living close together in London by the end of the year.
If you had to pick where would you say the better music scene lays London or Norwich?
Norwich has a really great local/unsigned scene; it always has done since we’ve been in bands for the past 10 years. You have to say London though, because of the amount of opportunity and the fact that EVERYONE plays there. It is much harder to get a following in London though, but I think we’re becoming proof that if you stick with it and keep plugging away then the crowds will start to come in.
Last month saw you release your debut album Through All Times are you pleased with its release and how it was received?
Yeah it’s great to finally get it out there, it’s had some really good reviews and people seem to really like it, we just need to make sure now that everything we do keeps on getting better.
In hindsight is there anything you think you should’ve done differently with the album?
Yes, loads… but this whole thing is one big learning process, we’re learning more every day about how to release a record, and what the best strategies are etc.
You have your own record label Rainbow Box Music, why did you deem it important to have your own record label to release your album on?
I think bands get too concerned about getting ‘signed’, it doesn’t really mean anything unless the label’s a really good one, as there is nothing you can’t do yourself if you work hard enough. We decided from the off that we’d release this record ourselves, and then for the second record we’ll probably look for an indie label to work with unless Rainbow Box does well, which I really hope it does.
Do you have any directions you’d like to go with Rainbow Box Music?
There are going to be a couple of other releases this year on RBM, and they will really give us an idea of where we can take the label, and we’ll know if this whole machine can function.
Where would you say you draw your main influences from for writing music?
Relationships (or lack of) have been a big part of the writing on this record, but in general I find influence from loads of things, like growing up, films I’ve watched, friends, bands I’ve seen… I guess anything can inspire music.
Your tracks are quite serene and have a very heavy piano involvement, what was it that made you decide upon this for your music?
We never really decided to sound like this, it really did just happen. I remember the first song we wrote was Fleets, and then Let It Breathe, and they both have big piano movements in there, especially in the chorus’, and we just liked the sound and the thickness of the melodies when played this way, so we used it in a few more songs too. Piano is just a beautiful instrument too.
You’ve released your album so what are your next plans with Light Parades?
The plans are to tour, and book a bigger tour of UK and Europe for the end of summer. We’ll also be releasing 2 EP’s around that time, one as a normal EP, the other as a live acoustic EP, you’re the only people who know about this though, so shhhhhhh! After that, we plan on beginning album 2 in the winter.
All words by Sheryl Willis. More work by Sheryl on Louder Than War can be found here.