Scarlet Sails are releasing their album, Future From The Past, on Apr.10, so we had a little chat with them about the release as well as their upcoming tour.
So, how excited are you to be releasing your debut album!?!
Brian: It’s the best feeling! These songs having been brewing for a while and they just seem to explode out of the speakers now. Super excited to have worked with such a great team on this.
You could definitely hear the David Bowie vibes – what and/or who else influenced your sound?
Brian: The concept going into recording it was, “What if Queen and Alice Cooper remade OK Computer?” With that in mind, we just explored all the textures that brought the song to life as we heard it in our heads. From the raw guitar attack, to the grand spaciousness and ambience on certain songs.
We all know recording an album isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world, so, how long have you been working on the album and were there any moments where you just felt you couldn’t carry on, or did the passion always override that feeling?
Brian: The first day is always a little nerve-wracking, but we slipped into it and got on track pretty quickly. We managed to capture drums, bass, guitar, piano, horns, cellos, keyboards, percussion, acoustic overdubs, backing vocals and lead vocals for 12 songs in 12 days. Working to stay on schedule was a bit stressful, but kept our focus sharp.
What was the decision behind releasing “Boy You’re Wrong” as the first single from the album?
Olya: Boy You’re Wrong claimed itself. As soon as I wrote it I knew it would be the first single, it just gave me that feeling. And then, while we were on the road last summer, it was one of the songs people liked the best.
What’s your favourite track off the album?
Brian: It changes, but currently Spell My Name is up there for me. Everyone has such different feeling about their favourites, it’s interesting to see the lack of consensus!
Olya: I agree that it changes all the time. My favourite right now is probably As I Am. It is a hymn to self. It’s very personal to me. It’s for everyone who doubts themselves because someone made them feel less than they are. It’s about a self-dedication and determination to move past those voices and claim yourself back.
How excited are you to be taking the album on tour? Which song are you most looking forward to perform live?
Brian: I love to be on tour, it’s the payoff for all the hours behind the computer. Especially with Mark Kohut our guitarist, and our new bassist, Ed Goldson, we’re like a family.
Olya: SO EXCITED!! I seriously can’t wait to get back on the road and play every night. Every song is different and every night you find new things about each song while performing them on stage, and that’s the best part to me.
Serious question…in the light of Ed Sheeran’s chart takeover – thanks to streaming – what are your views on streaming and its effect on the chart?
Brian: I feel totally indifferent to it. I’ve been used to this whole industry paradigm flip since things went upside down in 2007. So as long as people are listening to music they enjoy and artists of all kinds have a means to distribute their music and devise a way to be compensated for their work, I expect it the technology surrounding it to change all the time.
Not so serious question…which artist or band, dead or alive, would you like to work with, and why?
Brian: I’m going to switch it up and say, Harpo Marx. Not only was he a comic genius but a musical phenom as well. I love the man.
Olya: Freddie Mercury or David Bowie, for obvious reasons.
Thank you for your time, and good luck with the album and tour!
Brian: Thank you for having us!
Olya: Thank you so much!
You can pre-order Future From The Past right now – our review will be up for this on Apr.10.
Check out the music video for their single, “Boy You’re Wrong,” below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!