Stags Talk New EP: Night Time Voices

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If you don’t know Stags, your day is about to turn around in a major way. The London band recently shared “Sun Bleached Baby” from their new EP Night Time Voices, released today. These guys have a special sound that is reminiscent of 60s and 70s favorites with a new, alternative twist.

They were kind enough to share a bit on the background for their new EP and what they have in store for the coming weeks. Get to know these talented guys and snag the EP on Bandcamp. The trio will be playing a release show in Camden on the 8th. It will be free to attend, so check it out if you’re in the area!

T&D: This EP is rad. How long did you guys work on it?
STAGS: Thanks! I guess you could say it took us about a year to put the whole release together, even though the tracks were recorded between two all-day sessions. Initially the idea was to lay down some demos, so we just hit the studio and recorded the new material we had. Turns out the feel was just right, so much so that our label decided to use those same tracks for what now is ‘Night Time Voices’ EP. The rest of the year went by over-dubbing, mixing, mastering and getting everything else together and up to speed.

T&D: “Sun Bleached Baby” is such a great track. Story behind it?
STAGS: It’s a long story but the song is about another one of Chris’ misadventures. This time he was rescued by a beautiful lady after having one too many drinks and getting lost on a beach in Cyprus. She approached him and took him in and let him rest at her place, only later he found out she was actually a he. I wasn’t there when it happened so I can’t go into too much detail, he wrote a poem about it and I’m sure he’ll share it with the public soon enough.

T&D: You also released a video for the track back in May. Care to share a bit on the art direction?
STAGS:We wanted to question people’s perception of sexuality. We wanted something sensual and provocative but not merely sexual. The idea behind it was for the audience to appreciate the beauty of the dancer (Càl Fox) questioning but not necessarily knowing whether the dancer is of male or female gender. Huge credits go to her for fitting the role perfectly and to a friend of a friend and extremely talented videographer River Hately-Richards for capturing such a stylish feel that’s never vulgar or cliché.

T&D: I love the classic rock vibes that you all have crafted. Were you all inspired by any acts in particular growing up?
STAGS: We had very different influences growing up, so I can only speak for myself. I think a Led Zep mixtape I stole from my cousin and Black Sabbath’s album ‘Paranoid’ really made something click for me in my early teens. I’d listen to those tracks over and over again trying to figure out all the guitar parts. Although the first solo I learnt to play was the one from ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ by AC/DC when I was about 11.

T&D: In terms of your current faves, what do you think would be in your top five?
STAGS: The Stones, CCR, Lennon, BJM and ? Trying to make everyone happy here…

T&D: Any big plans for the weeks following your release?
STAGS: We have a release launch show the following Thursday on September 8th at The Lock Tavern, Camden. After that we will be gracing Camden Town once again, this time at The Blues Kitchen on the 23rd September. We threw a party for the test print vinyl and it was tasty indeed, so, you should expect a vinyl release show in around a months time. By the end of the year, we will be taking some time out to record our debut album, which judging from the demos we just finished recording, will be amazing!

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Pop on over to the Stags’  site and show them some love on their various socials. If you’re in the area, don’t miss their upcoming show on the 8th. Lastly, make sure you get the latest EP and stay tuned for the upcoming vinyl release!