London/Nottingham rock quintet Amber Run released their newest single Heaven back in December of last year and are currently in the studio recording their debut album. Over the past few days, the band (comprised of Will Jones, Tomas Sperring, Joshua Keogh, Henry Wyeth, and Felix Archer) have sprinkled photo teasers on their Facebook feed of them recording the new LP, and our excitement for its release only anticipates as each day passes by. To our delight, Amber Run recently took the time to speak with AMBY to discuss their lion logo, the forthcoming LP, and their true identity.
AMBY: Hello Amber Run, cheers for speaking with AMBY. What have you been up to recently?
Amber Run: Hey AMBY, no worries. We’re currently recording our debut album in London, having a whale of a time. Also had the opportunity to play a couple of some really cool shows recently – our first show abroad at Eurosonic in Groningen, The Netherlands which was cool, then an amazing show at KOKO in Camden for BBC Introducing and Club NME. Now that was super wicked fun.
AMBY: How would you classify your sound to your listeners?
Amber Run: Kind of like a post-Sinatra funk-fusion. Pretty niche, I know.
AMBY: You started recording your album in the new year. Is there a working title for it yet?
Amber Run: We’re recording it at the moment, and none of us have a clue what to call it – how do people come up with album titles? Tough stuff.
AMBY: When creating the album, what will be your ultimate goal?
Amber Run: Well it’s the first time any of us have had the opportunity to make music on this sort of scale before, so we’re gonna just try and get our music across in the best way really. We’d love to make some really big sounds, we’ll see.
AMBY: The band’s latest single Heaven is so charming. What inspired the new song?
Amber Run: It was a song written when we first got together, we headed off to Pembrokeshire in Wales. So I suppose the beautiful coastline. That and girls, as per.
AMBY: Where did the name Amber Run come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?
Amber Run: Names for the band were what we struggled with the most. Unless you have your heart set on something meaningful from the offset, it’s really tricky to decide. We were initially called Amber for the warm, golden imagery it should bring to mind, but then after legal issues we had to make an alteration. Aesthetically and sonically Amber Run was the only thing we came up with that didn’t stray too far from Amber and still pleased us. It doesn’t really mean anything.
AMBY: What is the significance behind your lion logo?
Amber Run: We’d quite like to have a symbol that people see and instantly relate to Amber Run. Our friend Joe Bungey (also designs all of our EP artwork) drew the lion silhouette and we’ve stuck with it. Lions are also kind of amber-coloured when you think about it. Plus the cubs are really cute. You can’t argue with that logic.
AMBY: What did you listen to growing up, and what have you been listening to lately?
Amber Run: Another cliché, but we all have very diverse tastes. It’s loads of fun knowing that what you were brought up on is completely out of your control, yet shapes your music taste for the rest of your life. Tom’s Dad provided him with The Pet Shop Boys and Queen, while his Mum gave him the Pulp Fiction soundtrack and plenty of David Bowie. Henry grew up on the Stones and Dire Straits, with plenty of Blues in-between. Joe didn’t listen to any music until Coldplay formed. Felix finds the most obscure bands to obsess about, but is mostly in to late 80s early 90s shoe-gaze and grunge. Will only liked Tom Jones and Metal. We still all listen to different bands now. This Will Destroy You and Explosions in the Sky are bands most of us listen to, then ranging from drum and bass to punk. Joe still listens exclusively to Coldplay.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
Amber Run: I think we’d all give different answers to this. Obviously Overgrown was gorgeous. We really, really loved The National’s record, Trouble Will Find Me, Melophobia by Cage The Elephant was a banger too.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Amber Run that nobody knows yet?
Amber Run: We’re actually an all-girl Norwegian power-dance-pop trio in disguise.
Thank you Amber Run, for giving us your answers!
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