sweethearts talk their development, songwriting process and more

By June 29, 2021 Features, Interviews, News

Very excited to have upcoming East Yorkshire indie rockers SWEETHEARTS on our pages. Find out more about ’em here!

Hey guys, how are you?

hey! we’re perfect thank u.

What’s the mission statement for sweethearts?

To be everyone’s new favourite band.

How do you feel about the success of ‘never liked you anyway (little olive)’?

A. we’re really happy with how everything is going so far. considering we started the band during lockdown, have only really been going for 4 months, and haven’t had the chance to play live properly yet, we’d say we’re doing as well, if not better than we had hoped for. We’ve just signed to ‘end of the trail creative’ and that all came off the back of ‘never liked you anyway (little olive)’.

How do you define success as artists?

For us, success is been able to make music for a living and for people to enjoy it as much as we enjoy music put out by our favourite bands. As long as we have enough money to get by, we’ll be happy. We just want the band to be successful so we can tour, see the world and make music for a living. and for niall personally, he would like to be recognised as a good songwriter, that’s always been the one for him.

What have been a few highlights of recording your new track ‘if i could i would’?

This was the 3rd single recorded as the band and every time we go into the studio, things get more creative and weird. we really hit our stride with this one creating the perfect mix of edgy and poppy, what we always aim for! It has a lot of grit and surprise, but it’s also a cool pop song. We also loved kitty’s parts on this one, especially recording her solo part at the end. when we double-tracked her vocal it was magic.

Talk us through the inspirations behind that one?

The song started because Niall randomly came up with the phrase in his head, “if i could i would but i can’t so i couldn’t”. he thought it was cool, wrote it down, and then immediately wrote the song and built it around that. The song is about the world and love, and wanting to do something but not being able to, whether that be because of yourself or someone else. Niall wrote the song about a specific situation that is kinda weird and funny. Musically, our main inspirations are Pixies, Pavement and Weezer so they definitely had an effect on the tune, especially Pavement! We remember we was super into early beabadoobee at the time, maybe some of the indie poppiness comes from there?

What are your plans for the rest of this year?

We’re going to release more music, because we have a lot of good stuff we want to get out and we’re not the kind of people to sit on a single for a year. but mainly, we’d like to play as many live shows as possible, in as many places as for us, that’s what it’s all about.

What’s motivating you outside of music? think specific people and places?

At the moment we’re reading the ‘dharma bums’ by Jack Kerouac and that’s really influencing the way we write and making us think about things differently. it’s kinda the opposite of a buddhist manifesto, in an anti-kind of way. but it’s also a great story which is key. We have a love of 90’s nostalgia! from fashion to the films, it reminds us of easier times.