Where are you currently based?
Locked down in Liverpool, baby.
How did Generation form?
We just fell into it, really. Music presented itself to us and we took to it like fishes to water. We’re constantly changing.
What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been?
We’ve just released a retrospective album with Tri-Tone – Full of teenage angst and fast guitars. The whole covid thing has kind of put us on pause. Gigs are looking *fingers crossed* like they may be happening again this Summer, so we have that to look forward to, at least. Other than that we’ve been writing. The sound has completely changed – we’re more electronic now. Distorted saw synths, massive drum machines – that sort of thing.
Your new mini album ‘Suicidal Champagne’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
It’s literally an album about us being dead young. We didn’t really think about what it was about whilst we were making it, we probably didn’t even know what music was back then. I guess it’s just about things we were feeling at that time and the things every 17/18 year old goes through (coping with becoming an adult by excessively drinking and partying). It’s one big, self-indulgent party – and everyones invited.
How did the concept for the mini album come about?
How did you go about writing the album?
We write most days, so we just had loads of songs knocking about with nothing to do but play them live (circa 2016), then Simon – who we recently released the album with – approached us and threw us in the studio. From there the songs just developed and became what they are now.
Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?
It was in this lovely converted barn house in the countryside of Leeds or something. There were two new foundland dogs (massive) that would walk around the studio while you were tracking. Was a stay over experience in the barn. I don’t think it’s there anymore. It was with James Kenosha, who is a great producer and musician (he played drums on the album also).
What programs/equipment did you use?
For all our demos we use Logic Pro X, but James probably used Pro Tools, I can’t remember to be honest. In terms of gear, we used all kinds. I remember putting my guitar through a vintage Selmer bass cab, but that’s about it. The rest is clouded by red wine and beer.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation of Suicidal Champagne?
It’s always the vocals at the end. Trying to find the right tone for deans voice. The most rewarding thing will probably happen when we’re 40 and we listen back and go “ah remember that time, we had a good time making that”.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Loads of stuff. Our music taste has no range like. A lot of 90s rave stuff, hip-hop, bit of industrial, bit of reggae/dancehall. A musical cocktail of debauchery, really.
What do you like to do away from music?
Tough question that one. All we really do is music. Feels like the hobbies section on your CV this question. Should I put ‘Reading, exercising…’
Urm, we do all kinds really. Mostly mad Sh** no one would believe or even understand the reasons why. I guess we don’t either. Recently got back into skating, which is a blast from the past.
What’s planned for 2021?
HOPEFULLY, lots of gigs (toward the second half of the year). We’ve been hard at work recording new songs as well, so there should be some new music soon(ish).
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Tough one this ‘cos we’ve been in lockdown for like a year. I’d say Elif on Lark lane provides the best scran. It’s a Turkish grill joint and it’s so good. Favourite place to hang out right now is our mums conservatory aka the beat laboratory.