Hump day can only mean one thing: it is time for some new music. And, we have the perfect project to usher through you the mid-week slump you may find yourself in. Dropping their electric new EP, “SITUATIONS”, the band treat us to bold lyricism laced with romantic confessions and all-too-relatable narratives on dating in the modern-day, reulting in an infectious 4-part release that is sure to have you entranced upon first listen. With the dexterous musicians ensuring that an energising force ripples throughout their tunes with the help of the almighty crash of the drums and twangy guitars, it is safe to say that Retro Video Club is looking to kick your Wednesday into high gear.
“These songs have lived with us for a long time so it’s great to finally have them out in the world,” explains the band. “We worked on a lot of ‘SITUATIONS’ during lockdown, travelling down to London when we could and having remote sessions over zoom to finish things off in-between.”
Upon the release of their EP, the band sat down with Wonderland to talk how they came together as a collective, what inspired their unique name and the creative process behind their latest release.
Head below to enjoy our interview with Retro Video Club…
Hey guys, how are you doing? Where are we speaking to you from right now?
Hey! We’re all good, thank you. I’m at home just now in Edinburgh, Scotland.
How did you all first meet?
Me (Sam) and Liam are cousins and I met Michael back when we were in school. We all used to play in separate bands in Edinburgh back in the day then came together for this band once all of our other projects ended. Kyle is a fresh face for us, we first played with him during a live stream show in lockdown.
Can you also tell me about your name? What inspired the name Retro Video Club?
The idea for the name came from a shop in Edinburgh called Vogue Video. Liam thought of it because he always used to pass the shop on the way to the guitar shop and would think, ‘how is that still open’?
What is your favourite part about working in a band?
Playing shows. It’s great to be able to see different places and meet everyone who comes to see us. We’ve been really lucky to play in some amazing cities.
And you have now dropped your new EP! How are you guys feeling about the world hearing it?
These songs have lived with us for a long time so it’s great to finally have them out in the world. We worked on a lot of situations during lockdown, travelling down to London when we could and having remote sessions over zoom to finish things off in-between.
What was the creation process like behind the EP? How do you usually go about creating a project?
Typically, it’ll stem from a few melody ideas, singing random words to a tune. Once this is pretty set, I’ll think about what I want to say in the song and the story I want to tell, then we’re off to the races.
Do you all have a favourite song from the EP and if so, what is it?
I think if I was to pick a favourite it’d probably be “Boys Like Me”.
How do you hope the EP makes people feel?
I hope it makes people feel a plethora of emotions. With every song I write I try to put real life feelings or thoughts in, and lines of reflection about scenarios or emotions people may have had at one point in their life. I guess I just want people to be able to hear these songs and say, ‘yeah I know what that feels like’.
It is described as an EP ‘fit for a festival stage’, what makes this the case?
Big choruses. That’s the ultimate goal!
Do you guys have plans to collaborate with anyone in the future? And if not, is there anyone you’d like to do so with?
Not any immediate plans, I think I’d like to collaborate with Taylor Swift though…
What is next for you as a band, aside from the EP release?
Festival season is now upon us, so that’ll take us most of the summer months, then I guess it’s time to start thinking about an album!