Solely two EPs into their discography, Featherweight are already proving themselves as an act to be reckoned with. Mixing upbeat components of pop punk with traditional alt-rock, the quintet take listeners on a nostalgic journey to the ’90s. Impressed by bands akin to the Story So Far and Turnover, the group implement heavier riffs for mosh-worthy anthems and head-banging moments.
Composed of vocalist Miguel Cervera, guitarist/producer Jorge Blanco, lead guitarist Juan Ruiz, bassist Carlos Sánchez and drummer Adrián Sáenz, the group launched their first single in 2019 with “Promazine.” The only ended up on their debut EP, A Place The place My Thoughts Crumbles, which dropped later that yr. Regardless of the trials that got here with 2020, the five-piece proceeded to launch just a few singles over the course of the yr till placing out their sophomore EP, By no means Bloom.
With the coronavirus pandemic got here a time of compromise for bands around the globe. Studios have been off-limits resulting from social distancing pointers, however for acts akin to Featherweight, adapting to the occasions was simply one other hurdle to leap of their journey. Hailing from Madrid, Spain, the pop-punk quintet managed to file the By no means Bloom EP from the consolation of their houses.
Featherweight launched A Place The place My Thoughts Crumbles in 2019 and put out the By no means Bloom EP in December 2020. How have the band grown for the reason that first launch?
Now we have grown a lot, each personally and musically, in between each releases. We had the possibility to get to know one another higher, to hear and uncover new music… We additionally discovered rather a lot and are nonetheless studying, working very arduous and pouring all the things now we have into what we do. That’s how By no means Bloom was born. There was a tremendous particular person and group evolution, which is clearly proven on our new file.
Was the EP recorded in the course of the pandemic? How did the band deal with the trials that got here with that, and was it harder to make than your earlier EP because of the circumstances?
We composed the entire EP in the course of the pandemic. Sadly, we weren’t allowed to go away our houses, and we’d FaceTime virtually day by day. We perceive one another rather well in the case of music, so we adjusted rapidly to the circumstances. We might carry just a few concepts each time we referred to as one another and ended up arising with the songs. We needed to file ourselves with what we had after which share it with the others. The method was not troublesome. We prefer to view it as a unique means of maintaining with what we love: making music. As a band, we actually like taking part in with new sounds, making and composing new stuff. We consider subsequent time we can discover one other means [to] give you one thing totally different that we actually like.
Your music is a mix of traditional pop punk and rock but in addition has heavier facets like in “Faux.” The place does your sound come from? How did the band determine that this was the kind of music you needed to create? Have been there any particular artists who you have been impressed by?
“Faux” hides loads of rage itself, and that’s why we determined to attempt with a extra punk and sturdy or heavy sound. We expect we managed to transmit that feeling very nicely, each musically and lyrically. We completely love listening to many alternative songs from many alternative genres. That finally ends up with us making music we even have the pleasure to take pleasure in listening to as nicely, which is filled with feelings. Bands akin to Turnover, Citizen, the Story So Far [and] Title Combat have helped us discover our type. They signify a sequence of values we predict are superb as a band.
For By no means Bloom, the band have been capable of collaborate with Bloom’s Jono Hawkey and Trash Boat’s Tobi Duncan. What was the expertise of collaborating with different artists like? Who would you prefer to ultimately work with sooner or later?
Working with each of them has been an expertise we nonetheless can’t recover from. We thought they have been the proper artists who might present a brand new sound and elegance to each songs. As soon as we reached out to them and instructed them our thought, they linked with us instantly and understood what we needed to do. They each have been very concerned, and that made issues even simpler, even being miles aside. Jono and Tobi are nice musicians, and we’re very happy with the result. As to future collaborations, we’d like to work with Boston Manor or lady in purple.
Final yr, you recorded a canopy of Billie Eilish’s “all the things i needed.” What impressed you to make that specific cowl? Do you suppose you’ll be releasing any extra covers sooner or later?
Stepping out of our consolation zone is fairly vital for us. That’s why we needed to do one thing that had nothing to do with our type and mix it with sounds we favored. “all the things i needed” by Billie appeared like the proper music, and we had a number of enjoyable recording it and filming its video. As a band, we predict essentially the most pleasurable and nourishing factor we will do is create our personal music to precise ourselves by it. We love writing and composing, and that’s what we’re additionally into proper now. Plus, we’re not closing any gates in the case of new music. We by no means know what’s going to occur.
You latterly performed a sold-out present in Madrid. After a yr with out stay music, what did that really feel like? How did that set differ out of your earlier live shows?
Enjoying a present after greater than a yr and promoting all of the tickets in only 10 days remains to be loopy to us. It was a very particular efficiency, and we really feel very fortunate to have the ability to do what we love. We even have a really open and dedicated fanbase and associates. They have been that means too even when everybody, them included, needed to sit down, put on a masks and hold a secure distance. Gigs are our secure place. It’s the place we will create that particular connection between us, our music and all of the folks there. Each [set] we play feels totally different than the earlier one. It’s arduous to not see folks leaping, crowdsurfing or stage diving, however it undoubtedly was a unique expertise, which helped Featherweight carry the very best of us. It ended up nice. We have been very completely satisfied, and we hope we will play one other gig very quickly.
The band are just a few years outdated. The place do you hope to be within the subsequent few years?
Up till now, we’ve had the possibility to stay superb experiences, which we’ve loved rather a lot. Hopefully, we will carry on rising and revel in that a part of the method. We’re positive it’ll additionally assist us develop as musicians and as people.
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SONG RECOMMENDATION: “Overthrown”