Priestgate might well be one of the most exciting new bands in the UK right now. We certainly think so – that’s why we had them down to Dork’s Night Out at London’s 100 Club earlier this month. But that’s not all they’ve been up to lately – they’ve also dropped their debut EP, ‘Eyes Closed For The Winter’. Out today (25th March) we asked frontman Rob Schofield to run us through the stories behind it in our latest Artist’s Guide.
‘Bedtime Story’ was one of the first tracks we wrote together in quite some time; I think there was some self-doubt in the air. We were sort of questioning if we’ve still got it at times; I guess that’s sort of expected when you’ve done nothing but feel sorry for yourself & watch videos of cats for the last few months. Looking back at it, that self-doubt probably helped us in one way or another… We’re still trying to figure out how, though.
Eyes Closed For The Winter
‘Eyes Closed For The Winter’ was the last piece of the puzzle if you will; it made the rest of the EP make sense – we were writing another song at the time, and Kai just started playing the riff. Everyone lost their heads a bit; it was one of those “this is the best song ever” moments for a minute or two. I think it’s good to feel like that about every song you write for a short amount of time, then you can go back to thinking you’re no good.
‘Credits’ is all about questioning things that don’t really have answers; it’s human nature to wonder if there’s more. These sort of everyday shower thoughts and the passing of time are recurring topics throughout the EP – none of us really noticed until we heard it all… I never really start writing a song and think, let’s talk about “this” or “that” – I reckon that’d spoil the fun.
By The Door
‘By The Door’ was probably the hardest to get right; I’m not entirely sure why either – I think sometimes the more you try to make a song sound how you want it to, the less it does, and that can be very frustrating. Once we took a step back, it all just clicked into place, really; building creative expectations up in your head is so fun until… well… until it isn’t. P