A Q&A with As We Leave
Vocalist Caine Entwistle from Isle of Wight’s Americana-infused psych-pop quartet…
How did you get the title of your upcoming release, ‘Everything To a Point’ and what does it mean to you?
The title from the upcoming release came about because when we came to compiling the track listing for the record we had to decide which tracks to omit and which to keep so at the time someone said… ‘Ah well, that’s everything up to a point…’ and so it kind of stuck as a title for the group of songs we chose.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
I think the hardest part of putting this release together was actually the choosing of songs and all the social media stuff that goes with promoting the record. It’s always hard to pick from one song or another, as they all have merit, but you have to narrow it down somehow otherwise every record would be about two hours long! As for the social media… none of us are that fond of it so it’s with great reluctance that we partake in it, but you have to get it out there somehow. Especially this year with Covid and not being able to do gigs.
What do enjoy most about producing your own material?
The advantages of doing so are obviously complete creative control from start to finish. By doing it ourselves we see each song from its humble beginnings right through to the finished product and it’s a very fulfilling achievement… when you get it right. In the future we may work with another producer but for the time being we are happy to take the responsibility, we keep learning all the time.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
Most importantly we hope that people will like it, maybe even relate to it. The record is full of melancholia, reflection and nostalgia and I think you can hear the sound of four good friends enjoying being creative together. I would hope that people came away wanting to a) listen to it again and b) pass it on to a friend but ultimately, people will take what they want or need from the record and that’s the way it should be.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
There isn’t a set formula for how a track comes together, it’s always a spontaneous creative burst. Maybe one of us has an idea, we put it down and then slowly everyone put the flesh on the bones. Sometimes a track can take just a few sessions on other occasions we’ve had to revisit it and start again two or even three times… it just depends on what the arrangements require, no egos or arguments just what’s best for the song itself.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
Oh, there are so many… certain artists or bands are always in the back of our minds. I mean Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon is always a cornerstone, The Beatles are the Beatles… we love the vocal arrangements of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, I’m a massive Tom Waits fan… we love all types of different stuff… I think there is a Spotify playlist compiled by us to coincide with this release and there’s all sorts on there, maybe check that out… As We Leave’s Spotify playlist.
When the world is back to normal where would like to tour, and why?
Anywhere quite frankly! Just to be able to play gigs again will be great. I think the last couple of singles have done well in France, so we’d love to head across the water. We love travelling anyway so to combine it with playing our music would be special. I particularly love Eastern Europe so for me personally, that’s where I want to go but the lads would love to take it to the States, it would be great to play at some classic venues over there, Whiskey a Go-Go or the Fillmore.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
I think it has to be ‘Hope That Kills’ for its bittersweet nostalgia. It’s very us. Maybe ‘Stories We Tell’, it’s a bit brighter and definitely more positive.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
Naturally, to keep doing what we’re doing. Keep making records… it’s a genuine passion for all of us and we’d be doing it even if no one ever heard it. One day I’d also like to have a go at writing a film score, with the right project I think we’d do a cracking job.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Stay healthy and have fun, we are ‘As We Leave’, Nostravia!
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