Following Thursdays spontaneous ride out/ coffee stop, yesterday we caught up with close friend of the brand and 'Only Shadows’ frontman, Nick Ashby to talk about the bands latest single release ‘We are Machines’ ahead of their tour supporting Coasts, and his Thruxton R.
P&Co: You’re heading up to Manchester tonight for the first stop of your UK Tour supporting Coasts, how’re you feeling about the opening show?
Nick: Absolutely buzzing with excitement! But equally filled with nerves... which is a good thing. The show has sold out and it's a city we've always loved so the combination is amazing. I'm sure we'll be celebrating this one in style to kick off the tour, and can't wait to play our new songs live.
P&Co: Are there any venues you’re particularly looking forward to be playing?
Nick: They're all cool venues in their own way. SWG3 Warehouse in Glasgow looks incredible, with a really cool industrial underground type vibe going on... but I think we're all most excited for 02 Forum Kentish Town. A classic layout in design, but the capacity is high, the tickets are all sold and it's going to be a true spectical to end the tour. Its certainly going to be a special show for us that were dead excited for…
P&Co:What were the thoughts, or the inspiration behind this track?
Nick: Deep down I think the song stems from the monotony of life. That's certainly how the song was created on one of those particularly miserable evenings after a tough day... however after leaving it a while and coming back to the track, I felt it lacked any inspiration and was just a bit miserable. So I twisted it, to be like "sure life can be dull, and you'll acknowledge this, but strive for your dreams, look for the alternative option, because there's defiantly more than this!"
P&Co:We all feel your new video really captures this idea of us as humans living a repetitive, almost mechanical lifestyle, are you happy with how it turned out? And how was filming?
Nick: I'm glad you've said that, because it's hit the nail on the head and means the message is working! This is easily the best video we've done, been involved in, and completed. It's really captured the songs essence as you mentioned, and that's mainly due to the hard work of Matt Hoult and his team at RAWR. Their attention to detail was second to none, with a full team of around 20 people pitching in till the early hours to make sure we get the shots we need! Filming in such a cinematic environment like that is inspiring in itself and we didn't take it for granted at all, soaking up every moment of experience and pleasure.
P&Co: There’s a clear link to motorcycles in this new track- “I’ll ride my mind away”, how’re you finding life on two wheels? Your bike had definitely gone down well here!
Nick: Haha I'm glad you guys love it, I treat that baby like a first born as you know! Having two wheels has changed me in such a positive way, and has created such an escape for me that I've never had before. Music has always been my creative outlet, and I've created spaces and stories for my mind to wonder, but having two wheels has given me another tool to explore! If you're fed up of your 9 to 5 as 'We are Machines' suggests, it's the perfect time to jump on a Triumph and see what the roads want you to see.
P&Co: And finally, what have you got lined up for the rest of the year?
Nick: Lots and lots going on This year, in summary we've got another single coming in a few weeks which includes a video of course. At the same time a vinyl will be released for both tracks... then it's time for the studio to record out debut album! It's never been such an exciting time for us, and the team is really building around us helping us with our stories and messages. I cant wait to show you guys more!