Palisades took some time off in between of tour dates to have a brief chat with us!
We ended up having a chat with vocalist Lou.
Check our discussion below!
What or who inspired you guys to become musicians in the rock scene?
I think we were all inspired by very different artists growing up. It ranges from bands like Linkin Park to Brand New, all the way over to hip-hop artists like Drake and Kanye.
You guys have been touring a lot, and are soon going on the Everything That Got Us Here Tour with Secrets, Too Close To Touch, and Picturesque soon. How do you find the time to work on new music while touring?
It's very challenging but when we we're home for our break we got a lot of ideas laid out and are hoping to pick them back up in the studio.
Is there anywhere in particular that you guys go to focus on creating new music while on tour?
Not really! Inspiration hits us wherever and whenever.
Your new single “Fall” just recently came out and we have to admit, it sounds incredible! What was the inspiration behind that song and what do you hope your fans get from listening to it?
Thank you so much!! We're stoked it's had such a positive response. The inspiration lyrically was about the awkward time in between where you don't really know what you and someone else are romantically. Musically we wanted to take Palisades to its next step in its evolution and that's what came out!
Did you get the reactions you’d like after the song was released? If so, what’s one of the best fan reactions that you remember?
I think we really did. I think when everyone comments that they understand that we're just growing as artists and maturing, those are the best ones.
We saw your latest video for “Fall” and wanted to know, what was the process like being filmed for that video? Did you have any creative input on the video? Also, what inspired the purple, pink, and blue lights? It came out stunning!
We have a sort of aesthetic to our band and we wanted to keep that going. A lot of our videos have featured pinks, blues, purples and so forth. Graham Fielder was the director and did a very good job. There were other things that's were filmed that unfortunately got cut due to it not fitting exactly what we wanted. Overall the video came out very pretty.
As mentioned earlier, you guys tour a lot! What are the daily lives of Palisades like while touring? Do you tend to explore the area you're in, work on new music, or relax for your shows?
We usually do all three! We like to go to a Planet Fitness in the morning to work out and shower, then maybe hit a mall to shop or eat and then play the show. Afterwards we sometimes write music when we're done playing.
For as long as you’ve been a band, what's your all-time favorite song to perform live and why? Do you think that'll change after this tour?
I have always loved "No Chaser," but "Fall" is becoming a favorite.
What are some of the most rewarding things a fan has told you when it came to your music? (If any, or multiple fans)
That we saved their lives.
Do you have any advice for your fans who want to pursue a career in the music industry?
Don't ever stop. We haven't.
Check out their music video for the newest single 'Fall' below!
Milk Teeth, emerging band from the UK was touring through Europe as direct support for Tonight Alive.
The band just released their debut album 'Vile Child' late January.
It seemed like the perfect time to get to know them a little better!
We had the pleasure of having a chat with lead vocalist & bassist Becky Blomfield and guitarist Chris Webb.
Props to them for being very welcoming and open people. We had an absolute pleasure chatting with them about their current tour, touring in general and the debut album 'Vile Child.
Get yourself some coffee, sit back and enjoy the read!
You guys are currently touring with Tonight Alive through Europe. Do you guys have any pre-show rituals?
Chris: We embrace the cheesy one, where we all put our hands in the middle and just say who we are, which is nice.
Becky: We have a playlist of music which gets us there. We warm up our voices and stuff.
Make ourselves feel good before going on stage.
Chris: Nothing too rockstar!
How many songs did you originally write for the debut album 'Vile Child'?
Becky: We only chopped 2.
Chris: We chopped 3, didn't we! We cut two and we were going to cut the last track on the record,
but we used the ending so we kinda kept it.
Becky: We're quite meticulously, we write something and then we follow it through.
Like unless the idea is really something people aren't vibing it. We tend to work really hard aswell.
Chris: We write really quickly aswell! We started writing songs for 'Vile Child' this time last year.
We already have new songs right now aswell.
Becky: We know that some bands write like a 100 songs and then chopped it down to 10 but we haven't really done that.
What were your biggest influences for 'Vile Child'?
Chris: Everyone has got different taste! Like, Oli, our drummer, he likes metal. Like Slipknot and stuff.
Becky: But he likes Paramore aswell! Oli just has a very various taste in music.
Chris: My iPod has got metal on it but also Justin Bieber's new album. I like them both the same!
I guess influences for me were bands like early Green Day. I like that they're catchy but also really gross.
I can relate to that!
Becky: We're not too snobby! We didn't do anything different for this record.
We didn't say 'Yeah, we're going to write it this way'. We didn't approach it any different than the EPs we wrote.
We just wrote them! But yeah, we're definitely big fans of Dookie from Green Day.
There isn't a lot of music like that going around at the moment.
Chris: We listened to Sum 41 on the drive here. Their first album is just perfect! So catchy.
It's kinda hard aswell to not be influenced by bands such as Nirvana.
Becky: It's just good music, it doesn't matter when it came out. People are like 'Oh, this is a 90's revival,
but that's just a time frame, really! It's just good music. We'll be listening to this music aswell in 20 years
It's just good music!
If you could tour with any band you want, dead or alive, who would you like to tour with?
Chris: I'd really like to tour with Paramore! I think they're really catchy and they play pretty big rooms.
Becky: For me, Placebo! I'm the biggest Brian fan (Brian Molko, vocalist of Placebo), I love them, and it would be a dream come true.
Chris: We done a lot of tours. We toured with a band 'Nothing' which is quite heavy and now we're touring with Tonight Alive
which is quite poppy. So I feel like we can play any kind of genre, we're quite adaptable. We just like playing shows!
Becky: Or Green Day, I'd love to tour with Green Day!
What's your favourite song to play live?
Chris: Mine's 'Brain Food', it's the latest single we have. It's really fun to play, before the album, my favourite song to play was 'Vitamins'.
That's a fast one aswell!
Becky: He likes to play fast songs, haha!
Chris: Yeah, I think it's way easier to play fast songs! It's really energetic and there are lots of bits I don't have to play.
So I can like dance about! *Laughs*
Becky: I really like playing 'Burger Drop'. It's kind of my little sassy song!
What's it like touring with Tonight Alive?
Chris: Really good! We've never done a tour this size before, so we didn't really know what to expect.
And it's sorta similar to most of our tours. They're really nice and we hang out. And.. we get our own dressing room now!
Becky: They're really nice people! Jake bought me vodka on my birthday and we all hang out.
Chris: It's a really nice atmosphere! It's really good play to a crowd who has never heard of us before.
It's nice to hear after the shows 'Ohh, I never heard of you before, but I really enjoyed you'.
That's a really nice feeling. To make new fans! I think this tour is all about making new fans.
Becky: They get our sense of humor aswell! I think when we go to America, they're going to struggle to understand us.
Chris' humour is so dry and so British!
Chris: I feel like when we tour with American bands, they think that I'm being really mean but I'm just laughing and having fun.
How was the writing and the recording process for the album? Was it any different than writing for the EP's?
Chris: The writing was pretty much the same. Me and Becky did a lot more together this time though.
Becky: Yeah! We didn't actually approach the writing any differently. We just kinda do what we always do, wrote some stuff.
Chris: Someone has an idea and we take it to the band practice. For recording, we went back to the place we recorded the EP aswell. New Kennedy, he really knows how we sound. He probably knows how we sound better than we do! He's got great ideas.
Becky: The recording process was tougher than before because we were there such a long time! You literally have a bathroom which is outside. Pretty cold at night!
Then there's the bedroom and the studio. So we really just had three rooms for two weeks. This record is very personal to me, so to have to go over and over it again was pretty tough for me, but it was a great experience overall!
Chris: We also found this little stray cat, he was abandoned and there's nothing around the studio. He was like dumped and we took care of it. The producer was on the phone the whole time looking at cats for sale. Now he has kept the cat and he named it after one of our songs, 'Bagels'.
Becky: This studio is great! They know us. We feel comfortable there cause we recorded our EP's there aswell. It kinda felt like going to a friends house. You need to be comfortable when you record.
Looking back at the process. Would you do anything different?
Becky: It's kind of weird for us now, to hear Josh' voice on the record, cause he left.
Chris: Billy is new to the band and I always wonder what the record would be like if Billy was there from the start of the process. The album is new to people, and a lot of people just know us with Billy's voice.
Becky: It's just a shame. Billy brings so much to us. Like harmony wise, his vocal parts are really cool and he's a great guitarist. Not different different to Josh's. He really compliments Josh.
We'll always wonder what the album was like if Billy was there.
Chris: I don't think I'd change anything though, no.
Becky: No, we're really happy with the album. It's our best work yet! It's a step up from 'Sad Sack'. We're just really happy people like it!
If you had to describe your music to people who are not familiar with 'Milk Teeth' in five words, which words would you pick?
Becky: Gross and pop...I know what I'm trying to say but I can't figure out the word for it. Not confident, but when you have something to say..
Chris: Fun, noisey, catchy, loud.. and that word what Becky can't figure out.
Becky: *Laughs* I'm tired!
Milk Teeth's debut album 'Vile Child' is out now!
Check the music video for 'Brain Food' below and stream the album everywhere!
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