We got together with Catrin and Jack from Another sky to ask them a few questions about their debut album "I SLEPT ON THE FLOOR".
What or who inspired you to write this album?
Catrin: cause there's 4 of us we have quite a range of musical influences but the one artist that we say binds us together is one we listened to as the band was forming, the Talk Talk albums. That's our main artist and I'm massively inspired by Tracey Chapman.
Jack: a few of us like bands like Coldplay and Oasis and all the classic stuff, we cover a lot of ground in our music which is reflective of what we listen to. It's hard to summarise.
How long has this been in the works for?
Jack: we've been a band for 6 years, maybe a little bit longer now, and some of the songs on this album we wrote in the first couple of months of being in the band. So it's been 6 years of work, blood sweat and tears. That's not a cliche, it's true. It's been a journey but we are so happy we are finally here releasing it.
Any troubles faced whilst composing it?
Catrin: yeah. Haha yeah loads. What's really difficult about being a small band like we were when we started, people come in with their own ideas and you really have to hold on to your own ideas because people can throw you off with one comment. There's a lot of that in the industry I think but thankfully now we have an amazing team that's so supportive and they get what we're trying to do but along the way you just experience so much doubt it's hard to sum up in one sentence.
Jack: yeah like in London. Everyone in our area moved in to start a band, in Goldsmith. So it was really trying to be seen in the most overpopulated cesspit of music. So just fighting for what we believe in for the last 6 years has been a lot of work. But it's been worth it.
Do you have a favourite track?
Catrin: I'd say "All Ends" personally.
Jack: my favourite track is "Only Rain" which is the last track on the album. Just feels like when we put that at the end I felt like the album was done. We were super critical and for me to feel like we had finished it kind of made that song extra special cause it was like wow, finally, it's over. So yeah, that's quite deep but I love that song.
What message do you want to give to your audience?
Catrin: I think I'm coming to terms with the fact that it's less about wanting to send out a message and it's more about wanting to invite people in and decide their own meaning from it. I would like for that to happen, our first album was very much this songs about toxic masculinity, this songs about police brutality but I think at the end of the day, people take what they need from songs and you can never dictate that. I want people to take what they need from it.
Anything you'd like to say to our readers?
Jack: if you like what you hear when you check out our album just come to a gig, meet us, meet everyone else at the gig and just get involved. People feel like they can't get involved but it's like Catrin said we've got ourselves out there and if anyone gets it then just get involved and see us. It's pretty obvious but we've never had the chance to say it before so it's nice to get the chance.