If you like _ and _ then you will like The Recovery! Fill in the blanks.
(Jawn McClenaghan, guitars): If you like heavy riffs and silly live chat then you will like The Recovery! Or, if you like (musically) Every Time I Die and Cancer Bats then you will like The Recovery! (So we’ve been told).
You mix heavy music with a bit of melody too. What’s more important to you?
I think the most important thing is having a good balance of both. We want our heavy sections to be as heavy as they can be within the song we’re working on, but we also want to create lots of hooks and melodic choruses. We all like a whole range of bands and we know how important it is to have parts of songs that people will remember even after one listen. But yeah, a heavy riff is just as important to us as a catchy chorus.
What is the best time of the day to listen to The Recovery!?
The morning time for sure! A lot of people have told us they listen to our songs on the way to work or uni/college to get the morning rage out of their systems or to wake them up a bit. I reckon anytime you feel angry or pissed off, get the tunes on and vent!
How has the Scottish music scene treated you since you started?
It’s been pretty good so far. It’s a lot different to the days of our old bands (dbsixtyeight/Mistake Us For Friends). We’ve only played a handful of shows so far as The Recovery! but they’ve all been pretty busy and we’ve had nothing but positive feedback. We got 200+ people through the doors for our first gig, supported Title Fight at King Tut’s for our second gig and also just got played on Radio 1 last weekend, so things are definitely off to a good start for us here in Scotland.
What’s the secret to a good song?
I think, as we mentioned before, hooks and choruses are a big part of any song writing. I think sometimes people can try and over do certain parts of a song, which takes away from it. As long as it’s memorable and has good dynamics, you can’t go wrong. Heavy music is always at its best when there’s a lot of passion encapsulated in it. A lot of that time that’ll come through live, but you can usually hear it in someone’s music or vocals.
Panic At The Disco used to have an exclamation mark at the end of their name, but then dropped it. Is yours here to stay?
To be honest we have no idea. We have talked about it before and for now it will stay. We’ve spoken before about dropping it and dropping ‘The’ from the band name altogether, but at the moment we’re just going to stick with it. We originally chose it to enhance the name, as if it was an order rather than a band name.
And finally – are you dressing up for Halloween? If so, what as?
Sadly we don’t have any plans for Halloween. We had a gig booked but it recently fell through. If we were going to, we would dress up as members of Still Game!