London-based dynamic duo Small Victories – Nick Thomas and Andy Faulkner – talk about their expansive and lofty psych rock debut track ‘Future’, which is accompanied by a rather pertinent hypnotic video, produced by Stacy Picard.
‘Future’ is included in OMC2 | ONE MORE COMPILATION VOL. 2, out now via OML.
Tell us everything we should know about your track included in our OMC2.
Andy: “Future” is our debut track and the first ever song Nick brought to the rehearsal studios back in November last year when we formed the band. It’s an important song as it really helped shape the sound of Small Victories.
Nick: We went to the studio and had pretty much completed it by the time we left. It’s about moving on from a difficult situation and looking forward, rather than dwelling on the past.
What were your influences and vibes whilst writing it?
Nick: There was a fair bit going on in my life which I had started to move on from, at the time of writing it. The song completely represents how I was feeling at that point – trying to forget about all the nonsense that had happened, and just being excited about what might lie ahead.
Andy: Sound wise we’d both been listening to a lot of pysch and garage rock bands around that time and wanted to write something that straddled the two sounds, which I think the song does really well.How did you form?
Nick: We’ve been pals for years but had never done anything musically together. Andy was doing well with his previous band IC1s and I was tinkering with some solo stuff, but towards the end of last year we found ourselves with some free time and thankfully ended up in the studio.
Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?
Nick: I take inspiration from whatever I am doing/listening to at the time. I tend to obsess over a particular couple of bands for weeks at a time, then get bored and move to something else. I think a lot of ideas get scrapped for that very reason. All of our songs are written about experiences/things we’ve seen.
What is your usual songwriting process?
Nick: I will normally get an idea for a riff, or a chorus or a part/whole of a song etc. then I’ll bring it to the studio and we’ll work on it together. Judging by Andy’s reaction I can tell pretty quickly whether he likes it or hates it – if you’re interested, when he stays quiet, he hates it! Once we’ve got the full song down, I’ll work on the lyrics – they are always the last thing to be finished. I love all of the songwriting process, but I find writing lyrics a bit of a chore.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
Andy: Next time Jack White is near Balham, South London, maybe he could drop by the studio for a jam. I’d like to hear what might come out of that session.
Are you planning any live shows and what will they be like?
Andy: We’re playing a show at The Water Rats in London on 29th Sept, in association with 25 Hour Convenience Store, which is Gary Powell’s (The Libertines) label. There’s a cracking line up, should be a top night!