The London-based melodic-punks have based their album on hometown tales and have spent the last few years touring and releasing a series of EPs building up to their album release.
The debut full-length was produced by Peter Miles in Devon and contains a mix of infectious songs about love, life, death and lessons learnt.
We caught up with the band to find out more about their album release, festival plans and touring.
How did you decide on the name of your debut album ‘London’?
We’d written most of the album before we thought about naming it and I think it was the only name that we even considered for the record – it just seemed to fit so well with the way the songs sounded and the places and themes that ran consistently through each of the songs.
How would you describe the album?
It’s a personal record. My favourite songs are always the ones that are personal and honest in a way that I can relate to and that’s how we try to write too. Since we became a four-piece, things have got louder and heavier and so this is the best representation of our band as we are now, so along with the personal lyrics, it’s pretty rocking too.
What is your favourite track from the album?
Josh and I both write really slowly, so there is a lot of filtering that happens before we start working on a song as a group. This means that pretty much any song that gets to that stage is one that we are all happy with and so I like every song on the record a lot. If they have survived to the point of being recorded, then we must really like it. That said, I really enjoy playing Clapton Pond at the moment because it’s really enjoyable to sing and it’s kind of long, so I can really get into it. I like playing the 26 too, almost for the opposite reasons – I don’t really sing on that at all, so I just get to hammer my guitar for the whole thing.
What has been your favourite tour to-date?
Without a doubt, touring with I Am The Avalanche has been my favourite tour so far. It was the first lengthy tour we had done with a band we didn’t know on a personal level, and we were playing to crowds of people that have never heard us before, so it felt really exciting to be out of our comfort zone. Watching Avalanche each night was eye opening, they play with such precision and passion that it definitely made us step our game up each night.
How much of a say did you have in your 60 Miles video?
That video was done by a good friend of mine, Joe Spray, who has just finished up at film school. We go back a long time and so when we decided on doing a video for the first single, it made sense to call him up and see if he had any ideas. He basically came over to our house for dinner, pitched this idea to us and we all really liked it and he went out and filmed it with a kid that he knew from around where he lived in Hackney Central a few weekends later. He was really excited about the song and the whole record and because he’s a good friend, we trusted him to make it awesome.
Why did you decide to allow fans to download that track for free?
It’s been quite a while since we put up new music, and so in a way giving the first song away for free was kind of like a ‘thank you’ for people being patient with us while we got the album together and honestly, I just wanted people to hear something new from us with as few barriers as possible. The reception to the song was really positive and so we were happy with that.
You have a host of dates coming up in March, are there any in particular you are looking forward to?
It’s going to be fun going out for the shows once the album is out on March 19th because it’s been a while since we did a run of headline gigs rather than support slots. The tour starts in Manchester at an event hilariously titled “Manchfester 2” which is an all-dayer with all our friends bands playing so thats going to be an awesome way to start the run. We’re playing a few shows with Touche Amore and Pianos Become The Teeth at the end of March and their musical style is so different to ours that I’m excited to see how we’ll go down at those.
Do you have any festival plans for this year?
We’re playing Crash Doubt fest in Lincoln in June and the line up for that looks absolutely awesome. Also, main stage at Reading, around 10pm on the Saturday….Hopefully!
What can we expect from the band in 2012?
Right now we’re focused entirely on the record release and the tours we have booked around that, but we’ll be touring loads more this year and just generally trying to get in front of as many faces as possible. We haven’t really talked about any more releases this year just yet, but it would be nice to get something else completed in the latter half of the year if possible.
The band are on tour this month with headline dates in Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, Portsmouth and London.
To find out more visit http://apologiesihavenone.co.uk/.