Solely two EPs into their discography, Featherweight are already proving themselves as an act to be reckoned with. Mixing upbeat components of pop punk with basic alt-rock, the quintet take listeners on a nostalgic journey to the ’90s. Impressed by bands corresponding to the Story So Far and Turnover, the group implement heavier riffs for mosh-worthy anthems and head-banging moments.
Composed of vocalist Miguel Cervera, guitarist/producer Jorge Blanco, lead guitarist Juan Ruiz, bassist Carlos Sánchez and drummer Adrián Sáenz, the group launched their first single in 2019 with “Promazine.” The one ended up on their debut EP, A Place The place My Thoughts Crumbles, which dropped later that yr. Regardless of the trials that got here with 2020, the five-piece proceeded to launch a couple of singles over the course of the yr till placing out their sophomore EP, By no means Bloom.
With the coronavirus pandemic got here a time of compromise for bands world wide. Studios had been off-limits as a consequence of social distancing tips, however for acts corresponding to Featherweight, adapting to the instances was simply one other hurdle to leap of their journey. Hailing from Madrid, Spain, the pop-punk quintet managed to file the By no means Bloom EP from the consolation of their properties.
Featherweight launched A Place The place My Thoughts Crumbles in 2019 and put out the By no means Bloom EP in December 2020. How have the band grown because the first launch?
Now we have grown a lot, each personally and musically, in between each releases. We had the prospect to get to know one another higher, to hear and uncover new music… We additionally discovered lots and are nonetheless studying, working very onerous and pouring every little thing we’ve got into what we do. That’s how By no means Bloom was born. There was a tremendous particular person and group evolution, which is clearly proven on our new file.
Was the EP recorded in the course of the pandemic? How did the band deal with the trials that got here with that, and was it tougher to make than your earlier EP as a result of circumstances?
We composed the entire EP in the course of the pandemic. Sadly, we weren’t allowed to go away our properties, and we might FaceTime nearly daily. We perceive one another rather well in relation to music, so we adjusted rapidly to the circumstances. We might convey a couple of concepts each time we known as one another and ended up arising with the songs. We needed to file ourselves with what we had after which share it with the others. The method was not tough. We wish to view it as a unique approach of maintaining with what we love: making music. As a band, we actually like enjoying with new sounds, making and composing new stuff. We imagine subsequent time we will discover one other approach [to] provide you with one thing totally different that we actually like.
Your music is a mixture of basic pop punk and rock but additionally has heavier facets like in “Fake.” The place does your sound come from? How did the band resolve that this was the kind of music you wished to create? Had been there any particular artists who you had been impressed by?
“Fake” hides a number of rage itself, and that’s why we determined to strive with a extra punk and sturdy or heavy sound. We expect we managed to transmit that feeling very nicely, each musically and lyrically. We completely love listening to many alternative songs from many alternative genres. That finally ends up with us making music we even have the pleasure to get pleasure from listening to as nicely, which is stuffed with feelings. Bands corresponding to Turnover, Citizen, the Story So Far [and] Title Battle have helped us discover our fashion. They characterize a collection of values we predict are wonderful as a band.
For By no means Bloom, the band had been capable of collaborate with Bloom’s Jono Hawkey and Trash Boat’s Tobi Duncan. What was the expertise of collaborating with different artists like? Who would you wish to finally work with sooner or later?
Working with each of them has been an expertise we nonetheless can’t recover from. We thought they had been the right artists who may present a brand new sound and elegance to each songs. As soon as we reached out to them and informed them our thought, they linked with us instantly and understood what we wished to do. They each had been very concerned, and that made issues even simpler, even being miles aside. Jono and Tobi are nice musicians, and we’re very happy with the result. As to future collaborations, we’d like to work with Boston Manor or woman in pink.
Final yr, you recorded a canopy of Billie Eilish’s “every little thing i wished.” What impressed you to make that specific cowl? Do you suppose you’ll be releasing any extra covers sooner or later?
Stepping out of our consolation zone is fairly necessary for us. That’s why we wished to do one thing that had nothing to do with our fashion and mix it with sounds we appreciated. “every little thing i wished” by Billie appeared like the right track, and we had a lot of enjoyable recording it and filming its video. As a band, we predict probably the most satisfying and nourishing factor we are able to do is create our personal music to specific ourselves by means of it. We love writing and composing, and that’s what we’re additionally into proper now. Plus, we’re not closing any gates in relation to new music. We by no means know what’s going to occur.
You latterly performed a sold-out present in Madrid. After a yr with out reside music, what did that really feel like? How did that set differ out of your earlier live shows?
Enjoying a present after greater than a yr and promoting all of the tickets in precisely 10 days remains to be loopy to us. It was a extremely particular efficiency, and we really feel very fortunate to have the ability to do what we love. We even have a really open and dedicated fanbase and mates. They had been that approach too even when everybody, them included, needed to sit down, put on a masks and maintain a secure distance. Gigs are our secure place. It’s the place we are able to create that particular connection between us, our music and all of the folks there. Each [set] we play feels totally different than the earlier one. It’s onerous to not see folks leaping, crowdsurfing or stage diving, nevertheless it positively was a unique expertise, which helped Featherweight convey one of the best of us. It ended up nice. We had been very completely happy, and we hope we are able to play one other gig very quickly.
The band are just a few years previous. The place do you hope to be within the subsequent few years?
Up till now, we’ve had the prospect to reside wonderful experiences, which we’ve loved lots. Hopefully, we are able to carry on rising and luxuriate in that a part of the method. We’re positive it’ll additionally assist us develop as musicians and as people.
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SONG RECOMMENDATION: “Overthrown”