As they prepare to destroy and conquer at Deco Records upcoming all-dayer gig this saturday, grunge-rock trio Shallow Waters spoke to us about their 2020 plans, their origins as a band and their love of food.
MIMR: Great to have you on MIMR, how did the band start up and what influences inspire the sound you create?
SW: Without sounding to cliché I think Shallow Waters formed out of necessity. Growing up in a town that has a strong history of industrialism, the status quo was that you go to school, you get a trade and break your back grafting till the end of your days. This was a concept that we all rejected and it unified us. I think that is something that still inspires our music to date, the desire to escape the chains of conformity.
We all picked up instruments and after countless freezing winter nights in Martyn’s garage it became clear that the pursuit of music was something we would always follow. Through our taste in music and our sound and style might change, the desire to create will remain an itch that can’t be scratched.
MIMR: Thrilled to see you on another Deco Records all-dayer this coming Saturday, what do you do in the lead up to a gig like this and what’s your favorite thing about playing live.
SW: I don’t think we do anything particularly different leading up to any gig. If we aren’t in the practice room, we’re thinking about being in the practice room. We spend endless hours together jamming, writing and rehearsing. I like to think we stay ready so we don’t have to get ready.
Our favorite thing about playing live is getting the opportunity to share the music. The feedback that we get from performing being positive or constructive gives us a huge source of inspiration. We love traveling to new cities and venues, getting explore and see what art and food they have to offer, especially food, we love a good scran
MIMR: Here at MIMR we’ve been enjoying your ‘Lounge Session Demo’ record, how was this produced and can we expect any new releases this year?
SW: We recorded the Lounge Session Demo live in one day at The Lounge Studio in Wigan with Gareth Nuttall engineering. We spent a countless amount of hours and money in various studios prior, unable to capture what we desired, so we figured we would give it a shot with us all in one room at the same time and record the whole thing live. We are really happy with how it turned out.
We have a new single coming out at the back end of February that we also recorded with Gaz at The Lounge. So stay vigilant, we’re just putting the finishing touches together on the music video and artwork.
MIMR: What’s been your most memorable gig as a band so far and why?
SW: We played a gig last year and Chris fell off the top of a Marshal stack amp, mid-song, straight onto his back. That was pretty memorable.
MIMR: What bands that you’ve had the pleasure to play with would you recommend listening to?
SW: Shouts to our boys Manalishi, proper good northern grunge, go check them out.
MIMR: Thank you for dropping by and talking to us, look forward to seeing you on Saturday. How can people follow your socials?
Spotify:https://sptfy.com/shallowwatersBandcamp: https://shallowwaters.bandcamp.com/musicInstagram: https://instagram.com/shallow_waters_ukFacebook: https://facebook.com/shallowwaters.ukTwitter: https://twitter.com/UKShallowWaters