Solely two EPs into their discography, Featherweight are already proving themselves as an act to be reckoned with. Mixing upbeat parts of pop punk with basic alt-rock, the quintet take listeners on a nostalgic journey to the ’90s. Impressed by bands resembling the Story So Far and Turnover, the group implement heavier riffs for mosh-worthy anthems and head-banging moments.
Composed of vocalist Miguel Cervera, guitarist/producer Jorge Blanco, lead guitarist Juan Ruiz, bassist Carlos Sánchez and drummer Adrián Sáenz, the group launched their first single in 2019 with “Promazine.” The one ended up on their debut EP, A Place Where My Mind Crumbles, which dropped later that yr. Regardless of the trials that got here with 2020, the five-piece proceeded to launch a number of singles over the course of the yr till placing out their sophomore EP, Never Bloom.
With the coronavirus pandemic got here a time of compromise for bands all over the world. Studios have been off-limits as a consequence of social distancing tips, however for acts resembling Featherweight, adapting to the occasions was simply one other hurdle to leap of their journey. Hailing from Madrid, Spain, the pop-punk quintet managed to document the By no means Bloom EP from the consolation of their houses.
Featherweight launched A Place The place My Thoughts Crumbles in 2019 and put out the By no means Bloom EP in December 2020. How have the band grown for the reason that first launch?
We’ve got grown a lot, each personally and musically, in between each releases. We had the possibility to get to know one another higher, to pay attention and uncover new music… We additionally realized quite a bit and are nonetheless studying, working very arduous and pouring every little thing we now have into what we do. That’s how By no means Bloom was born. There was a tremendous particular person and group evolution, which is clearly proven on our new document.
Was the EP recorded through the pandemic? How did the band deal with the trials that got here with that, and was it harder to make than your earlier EP because of the circumstances?
We composed the entire EP through the pandemic. Sadly, we weren’t allowed to go away our houses, and we might FaceTime nearly each day. We perceive one another very well with regards to music, so we adjusted shortly to the circumstances. We’d deliver a number of concepts each time we known as one another and ended up developing with the songs. We needed to document ourselves with what we had after which share it with the others. The method was not tough. We wish to view it as a distinct approach of maintaining with what we love: making music. As a band, we actually like enjoying with new sounds, making and composing new stuff. We imagine subsequent time we can discover one other approach [to] provide you with one thing totally different that we actually like.
Your music is a mixture of basic pop punk and rock but additionally has heavier points like in “Pretend.” The place does your sound come from? How did the band resolve that this was the kind of music you wished to create? Had been there any particular artists who you have been impressed by?
“Fake” hides quite a lot of rage itself, and that’s why we determined to strive with a extra punk and strong or heavy sound. We predict we managed to transmit that feeling very effectively, each musically and lyrically. We completely love listening to many alternative songs from many alternative genres. That finally ends up with us making music we even have the pleasure to take pleasure in listening to as effectively, which is filled with feelings. Bands resembling Turnover, Citizen, the Story So Far [and] Title Fight have helped us discover our model. They characterize a sequence of values we expect are wonderful as a band.
For By no means Bloom, the band have been capable of collaborate with Bloom’s Jono Hawkey and Trash Boat’s Tobi Duncan. What was the expertise of collaborating with different artists like? Who would you wish to finally work with sooner or later?
Working with each of them has been an expertise we nonetheless can’t recover from. We thought they have been the proper artists who may present a brand new sound and elegance to each songs. As soon as we reached out to them and instructed them our concept, they linked with us instantly and understood what we wished to do. They each have been very concerned, and that made issues even simpler, even being miles aside. Jono and Tobi are nice musicians, and we’re very pleased with the end result. As to future collaborations, we’d like to work with Boston Manor or girl in red.
Final yr, you recorded a canopy of Billie Eilish’s “everything i wanted.” What impressed you to make that exact cowl? Do you assume you’ll be releasing any extra covers sooner or later?
Stepping out of our consolation zone is fairly vital for us. That’s why we wished to do one thing that had nothing to do with our model and mix it with sounds we favored. “everything i wanted” by Billie appeared like the proper music, and we had a lot of enjoyable recording it and filming its video. As a band, we expect probably the most pleasing and nourishing factor we are able to do is create our personal music to precise ourselves via it. We love writing and composing, and that’s what we’re additionally into proper now. Plus, we’re not closing any gates with regards to new music. We by no means know what’s going to occur.
You lately performed a sold-out present in Madrid. After a yr with out dwell music, what did that really feel like? How did that set differ out of your earlier live shows?
Taking part in a present after greater than a yr and promoting all of the tickets in precisely 10 days remains to be loopy to us. It was a extremely particular efficiency, and we really feel very fortunate to have the ability to do what we love. We even have a really open and dedicated fanbase and associates. They have been that approach too even when everybody, them included, needed to sit down, put on a masks and hold a protected distance. Gigs are our protected place. It’s the place we are able to create that particular connection between us, our music and all of the folks there. Each [set] we play feels totally different than the earlier one. It’s arduous to not see folks leaping, crowdsurfing or stage diving, but it surely undoubtedly was a distinct expertise, which helped Featherweight deliver the most effective of us. It ended up nice. We have been very comfortable, and we hope we are able to play one other gig very quickly.
The band are just a few years previous. The place do you hope to be within the subsequent few years?
Up till now, we’ve had the possibility to dwell wonderful experiences, which we’ve loved quite a bit. Hopefully, we are able to carry on rising and luxuriate in that a part of the method. We’re certain it’ll additionally assist us develop as musicians and as people.
SONG RECOMMENDATION: “Overthrown”