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Chester based hard rock trio, Pint + Blister, are due to release their new single, Dysthymia, on 17th April! Check out the interview below to find out about the release and what 2020 holds for them.
1) What inspired your new single Dysthymia?
Musically, listening to 70s punk bands The Skids and The Clash. Lyrically, it’s about the lethargy and anti social effects of mental illness. The music is written to offer hope for those in similar situations to the lyrics. Just to mention, despite the influences, it sounds like a track from [the] Manic Street Preachers Send Away the Tigers album – which [is] cool. It’s great how an idea starts off sounding like one thing in your head, to then having a different vibe by the end of it. It’s what makes being in a band and [what] being able to record is all about.
2) How does the production differ from your previous singles?
Well, we bought a new microphone and set about actually recording our amps instead of using the amps built in to our recording software. It’s made all the difference really, the guitar sounds are a lot more authentic then before. The same with the drums too; we tried a new technique and it’s given the drums a much tighter feel. It still sounds like 3 lads recording in a shed though, and we didn’t want to lose that.
3) Was your song writing strategy different for Dysthymia?
Not any different to what we have done in the past. All the songs start off as an individual idea that gets brought to the band. It is then jammed in rehearsal then played live until it gets to a point where we are all happy. For instance in the case of Dysthymia, Matt wrote the riffs/chords and lyrics. After being played countless times, the instrumental section in the middle was developed and Nathan and Josh were able to put their own stamp on it to make it a proper PINT+BLISTER tune.
4) Do you expect to get a certain reaction from this new single?
This is our longest and musically ambitious [track]. It’s probably the most melodic single so far too. We hope it offers everyone a different angle to the band. Yes, we like to mouthy off and poke fun at a lot of things (as you can hear in our previous releases), but we do have a serious side with an almost pop mentality. Dysthymia also showcases our abilities as musicians and songwriters even better than the previous singles. It’s also possibly our most accessible due to the melodies, no swearing etc. Who knows, we might get on the radio for once!
5) What does 2020 hold for Pint + Blister?
Well, for the moment not a lot. We’re all pinned down by this Covid-19 and until then we can’t go out and gig. But we do have a few tracks recorded and lined up for the next few months. we can’t wait to get them out there!
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