Catching up with The Family Rain. New album ‘Indulgence’ and beyond

"Trends, technologies and culture change every month in the music industry, as long as you are making art that you care about, treat the people that you work with with respect there is nothing more that matters, an artist's integrity is his own opinion"
14 May 2024

The Family Rain, a trio of brothers from Bath consisting of Will Walter (vocals/bass), Ollie Walter (guitar), and Tim Walter (drums), continues to make waves in the indie pop scene with the release of their second album, Indulgence. A decade after their debut album Under the Volcano, the Walters brothers have not just been waiting around.

The past six years have been filled with EPs, a barrage of singles, and a sun-soaked side project called Voyages. Now, Indulgence emerges from relentless writing and recording sessions, produced in collaboration with Grammy-nominated talents such as Tom Dalgety and the duo Bad Sounds.

Known for their sweet melodies and savory riffs, The Family Rain’s journey has included sharing stages with iconic acts like The Rolling Stones and 30 Seconds To Mars, and tackling extensive tours across the UK and Europe. Indulgence is described by vocalist and lyricist Will Walter as a love letter to the life of touring bands and the surreal state of the music industry—a world that’s both dazzling and demanding.

The new album promises a blend of influences from AC/DC to Scott Walker and Fat Boy Slim, catering to fans who crave hard-hitting rock with jagged melodies. With a handmade red jelly gracing the album cover, ‘Indulgence’ is a testament to the physical, hands-on nature of their music-making process.

As The Family Rain gears up for a UK tour and festival appearances, they remain focused on delivering powerful, authentic music that resonates with both new listeners and longtime fans. Join us as we dive into the details of Indulgence, the challenges of creating music, and what the future holds for this dynamic band.

We have collectively had a pretty chaotic few years, so it’s an album about life, being in love, out of love, in luck, out of luck, winning, losing and singing with a melancholic joy at every impasse.

Can you tell us everything we should know about your second studio album, Indulgence, and how it differs from your debut album, Under The Volcano?

Indulgence has been a few years in the making, we were lucky enough to spend time selecting the very best songs we have written from the last few years to make an album that hopefully feels weighty and full bodied, the tracks are fatter and more mature than the first album, it’s been a process of accepting that we can appear less serious in places and more serious in others.

What roles did Grammy-nominated producers like Tom Dalgety and Bad Sounds play in the process

Working with a few producers gave us another level of creative freedom, it was very clear from the start that some tracks were ‘Dalgety’ tracks and others were ‘Bad Sounds” tracks. When you are lucky enough to know who will be producing the tunes it can assist you in the writing process, you can pre-empt what each producer will thrive on, which feeds into the energy around the music. Dalgety brings us the heavyweight sound on the album which allows us to feel like we can go lighter on the other tracks. The process during each session was completely different, this keeps you on your feet and helps to pull focus instead of spinning the same wheel.

What sonic characteristics and thematic elements define Indulgence, and what musical influences shaped the album’s sound?

Every album we set out to make a 10 track that sounds like a concise bunch of tracks focused on one sound, what happens due to our ‘indulgent’ relationship with music is the three of us listen to all kinds of new (and old) stuff which leads us to see how we can present new themes and melodies within our three piece rock and roll unit, ultimately we wanted Indulgence to feel like a rock and roll album at heart, but by no means a throw back or retrospective album, a new take on a classic form.

The theme is pretty honest as ever, we tend to write from an auto biographical point of view even if it’s hidden within imagery, we have collectively had a pretty chaotic few years, so it’s an album about life, being in love, out of love, in luck, out of luck, winning, losing and singing with a melancholic joy at every impasse.

What are your upcoming touring plans in support of Indulgence, including any scheduled performances or festival appearances?

We are currently on a UK tour, we have a few UK festivals over the summer and plan to tour mainland Europe at the end of 2024.

What challenges did you face while creating Indulgence, and how did you overcome them?

I think finding the time to focus on each session was tough at the beginning of 2023, we played a lot of shows and then had sessions booked in between, we were turning up with half cooked ideas and having to finish them in the studio, the song Hit The Ground Running is literally a song about having no time to prepare and having to work quick so we don’t waste the studio time, so in answer to your question, we allowed the pressure to feed the art.

How does the album cover’s portrayal of red jelly symbolize the theme of Indulgence?

It’s about presenting something sweet and appetising at the end of a chaotic process, it’s smoke and mirrors, it’s handmade and it’s for the fans, our act of indulgence is to offer something indulgent to feast on.

In what ways as a band do you adapt to the evolving music industry while preserving your artistic integrity?

Trends, technologies and culture change every month in the music industry, as long as you are making art that you care about, treat the people that you work with with respect there is nothing more that matters, an artist’s integrity is his own opinion.

What plans or projects can fans anticipate, after the release of Indulgence and Who Let The Gods Out?

We plan to release one more single from the album and then have a long sleep, we have been leading up to this release for about a year and a half and it’s been a long period of focus. We will however, inevitably start sending each other new song ideas next week.

Walk us through a typical day in the life of an artist in your band.

It’s really not interesting enough haha.

What recent music-related occurrence or trend has sparked the most excitement for you in the past year?

I enjoyed the exposure that Saltburn gave to Murder on the Dancefloor, it was a great piece of cinema and a great tune so if you were going to hear any song on repeat all summer it may as well have been that.

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