At the end of last year, Welsh duo 'Remembering August' released their second EP, 'Brother'. One of their single's taken from the release, 'Stay', came equipped with a music video that wasn't just eye catching, but shocking in places. Think road-safety after school special and pour in some Casualty injury effects, and you might just get the picture.
We caught up with the duo after the Xmas break to see what they had planned for 2015.
Please introduce yourselves and tell us how you met?
We are Jessie Hallett (Cardiff) and Luke Searle (Beddau). We are both 19 years old! We met in 2011 whilst studying for our Extended Diploma in Music. We were paired up to do a class project early 2013 and had to sing a duet together, and have been together ever since!
Are you both a couple or just friends - you have great chemistry but it's not clear.
We get asked this question without a doubt at 99% of the gigs we play haha! We do have undeniable chemistry on stage, and we'll leave that one up to you.
You say you're influenced by many 70s artists, what was the first artist or band that made you decide to want to make music and why?
Luke's main influence is Bruce Springsteen. He tells us vividly of the memory he has listening to Springsteens 'Nebraska' album in the car with his Father. That record changed his life, and made him into the incredible songwriter he is today. Jessie has always wanted to create music ever since she was about 7. She took up singing at a very early age and taught herself how to play piano and how to read music at 11. Ever since that she's always been performing and writing. Her main influence for both is Stevie Nicks.
The video for 'Stay' is quite harrowing, can you tell us the story behind that and does it actually reflect what the song is about?
The idea behind the video for 'Stay' was to give people the same feeling we have when we perform that song. It's a heart wrenching cry for the one you love to stay - which is reflected in the video. Although the video is not a direct portrayal of the meaning of the song, we hope it gives our viewers the same intense experience watching someones loved one being gone, and how much you want them to stay.
Is there a theme to your EP 'Brother'?
Brother is a very personal set of songs for us. Each song has its on unique background whether thats what we wrote it about or how and where we wrote it. Each song is about experiences we've been through over the past year, some very emotional. To get our feelings out and into these songs has been almost a relief and a weight off our shoulders. They really do tell our story in the best way possible.
You're both from Wales, which has a history of producing great singers and songwriters. What do you think it is about being Welsh that has music coursing through your veins?
The Welsh music scene is so supportive. We have great networks such as Young Promoters Network who help young musicians like ourselves. Everywhere you go in Cardiff there's a live band on, and the atmosphere of the City has definitely effected our drive as musicians. With the greats such as Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey (who's nephew is our guitarist Dave Bassey!) and many more musical legends, we just want to do our bit for Welsh music.
What are your plans for 2015?
We'll be releasing a second single along with a brand new music video very soon, but can't give away too much just yet! We'll be working hard on live gigs and getting Brother out there and heard. We're constantly writing and recording and are very much looking forward to what 2015 brings us.
What's the toughest thing about trying to break onto the scene as a young band?
The toughest thing for us is being at the right place at the right time. We work extremely hard and have done to get to where we are today. There are so many great young musicians out there, and everyone wants a piece of the industry. We're lucky in Wales, as all bands are very supportive of each other and we all go to each others shows to show support. It's the hardest business in the world, and we will do everything we can to earn our spot in the industry.
What similar artists do you respect and who are your influences and why?
As a duo, we really look up to The Civil Wars. Their writing, performing and relationship with each other was very inspiring to us. It was great to see another boy/girl duo grow and be as successful as they were. We were heartbroken when they announced their split.
What makes you different from the other folk duos out there?
I think we're different because of our relationship more than anything. We've been through so much together, so many ups and downs as is expected of any band. But as there is only two of us - very different two people at that. We clash heads and have our moments, but every time come out stronger. Our chemistry on stage keeps our music alive. We write about personal experiences so it's that more emotional when we perform, and we wouldn't have it any other way!
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