The Vegan Leather return after a landmark 2019 that saw them release their long-awaited debut album Poor Girls / Broken Boys. The album attracted widespread critical acclaim and enthusiastic support from the likes of Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and BBC Radio One’s Jack Saunders and led to the band recording a live session for BBC Radio 1 at their Maida Vale studios. Shortly after the album’s release, The Vegan Leather won Best Live Act at the 2019 Scottish Alternative Music Awards and now they have a new single, Gloaming, out. The Fountain caught up with vocalist Marie Collins about the new music and what we can expect from them in the coming months.
TF: You have a Halloween single out, what can we expect from Gloaming?
Gloaming is a bit of a shift in sound for us since releasing our album last year. After we had the incredible opportunity to record in a proper studio, we had talked about wanting to try recording in our bedrooms – the way we had done with our earliest singles – and then suddenly lockdown hit and we had no other choice. We were lucky that we had already written the track in November last year, so it was just a case of each of us recording remotely in our bedrooms amidst Zoom sessions and trying to send each other our progress in real time. I think reverting to our original way of recording has really done the track justice in that it’s managed to capture an intimate and atmospheric feel which works well with its lyrical content and overall feel of the song. Gloaming was inspired by the novel Wuthering Heights – it’s set in a kind of dark and gloomy world where you’re running away from inner turmoil. You can expect a track full of synths, urgency, and otherworldly feeling!
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
A dark and infectious song tinged with menace and melancholy.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
We’re planning on releasing some more music – and maybe an EP of some sort! Although we’re very much missing playing live, we’re keen to explore home recording more and work within our limitations. I think having restrictions and limits can sometimes be quite beneficial to creativity so that’s something we’re excited to explore more of!
TF: Sadly no Halloween Paisley Festival this year… Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
In terms of Paisley, we absolutely love playing at The Bungalow – we’ve had a few memorable gigs in there! We really hope once restrictions on live music ease we can explore some more alternative venues around Paisley too like The Coats Memorial Church for example! We’re also dyinggggg to get back to playing festivals! We really missed that festival vibe this year – can’t wait to be back in muddy fields with cold pints and playing tunes!
Gloaming is out today