Birmingham dream-pop act JAWS were the source of a lot of local hype a few years ago when they burst onto the scene with a series of extremely enticing demos. It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the band since, taking in the realities of moving out of home and getting jobs, as well as touring extensively and learning to be self-sufficient.
I talked to singer Connor Schofield about the journey so far…
You talked a bit around the release of the last record about how your situations had changed – growing up, essentially, and having to move out, get jobs, that kind of thing. That’s got to be a bit of a reality check in a sense. Do you think you can hear it in your music?
Kind of, the main thing that’s changed is time, we have less of it, but it also means we can be more patient and take our time with writing and making sure the songs work.
The Ceiling has been out a few months now. Are you happy with how it’s done?
Very very proud of it.
I’d imagine it can get quite complicated reproducing some of the texture of the record live. How do you deal with that?
It’s not as tricky as you’d think, we have a few magic tricks plus a lot of practice.
Do you feel like the process of recording and reproducing records in a live setting helps you develop as musicians? How do you compare to the band who started out?
100%, with The Ceiling we learnt to play them together after recording which we’d never done before, we all learnt a lot from that, probably not to do it that way again, but still was an interesting way to do it.