Behind The Scenes – The Hallows

Tell us a little bit about where you’re from?

We are from Newport Pagnell and Warwick and we met in London several years ago whilst studying music. We lived together in various parts of London and recorded our first demo in a wonderful floating studio called the “Lightship” which really cemented our lineup and our initial direction as a band. We are a bit more rural now but still have a lot of love for London and all the experiences that it gave us.

How has your location affected your music?

Location has been really important, not so much in terms of the songwriting, but certainly in terms of the people that have been part of the process of making the album, artwork and the accompanying videos. We have received a lot of support from family and friends in both Newport Pagnell and Warwick and this has made a huge difference to the quality of the presentation of our music… which is fortunate as otherwise if left to our own devices the artwork would be a collection of child like scrawling and the video would have been shot on our phones.

What genre would you describe your music as?

We are primarily an alternative pop band as we value melody and hooks above all else, however we are also heavily infused with rock sensibilities that really come to the fore in our live performances.

The Hallows - High Res Promo Shot

What are you listening too? What are your influences?

The band members are currently listening to the following:

Dave – Royal Blood, Alter Bridge, Queens of the Stone Age and a wide variety of classical music (but particularly Beethoven and Shostakovich)

Sarah – Sia, Lykke Li, The Weeknd and Ludovico Einaudi

Joe  – Twenty One Pilots, Snarky Puppy and The Black Keys

Our influences when writing our music draws from the following artists:

Muse (we love the depth of sound and live presentation)

The Beatles (from a bass playing/songwriting perspective Dave will always ask himself first “what would Paul do?!”)

Pink Floyd (we are inspired by their epic soundscapes and sense of grandeur)

Royal Blood (we respect what they can achieve with only two people onstage)

Tori Amos (for quirky and piano led songwriting)

Hanz Zimmer (groundbreaking and magnificent soundtrack arrangements)

Queens Of The Stone Age (We are keeping this one a secret…)

Where can we see you play?

Our next gig is on July 2nd is sold out, however you can see us at both of the following venues:

Hoxton Underbelly, London – 27th August

MK11, Milton Keynes – 14th October

More dates to be announced soon!

Are there any evocative personal experiences that come through in your music?

There are songs on the album inspired by people who are very precious in our lives, some who are no longer with us. We have used life experiences and situations to inform our songwriting and this has certainly been a huge factor when setting the mood of arrangements. Sarah’s lyrics are often not literal and invite listeners to interpret the songs in their own way, however every song does have an underpinning idea and message that is carefully considered.

Tell us about your live setup?

We are a three piece setup composed of drums (Joe), bass (Dave) and keys and vocals (Sarah) – we also incorporate electronic elements to recreate some of the soundscapes that we loved from our album. Dave is using and extended range bass guitar, dual cab setup and a range of pedals to cover the traditional role of an electric guitarist as well as taking care of bass duties.

What’s next?

We are working hard on the release of our debut album and accompanying singles – our first video is available now (here is a link: The Hallows – Element ) and the single “Element” will be out on the 4th July and we are very excited to have worked with our producer Seb Pecchia and Charlie Jones (Goldfrapp) on a club remix of this song.

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