Hi Pace! How are you today?
Apart from the fact we’re living in unprecedented times and some days it can feel like the whole world is burning down, we’re OK! We are excited to have released our first single in a while and all the positive engagement we have received so far about the single is keeping us happy in our lockdown bubble.
Please introduce yourselves to our readers:
Jamie Ley is Pace’s frontman and the founder of the band as a studio solo-project, who then brought on Michael & Danilo in 2018 on guitar and drums (respectively) and finally Tillie Russell joining on bass last year completed the current lineup. We all sing and contribute to the songwriting and arranging of our tracks, and Strange Secrets is particularly exciting as the first release to have all four of us involved.
Your new single Strange Secrets is out now! Can you tell us what it’s all about…
Strange Secrets is written from personal experience and it’s about losing trust in someone close to you. It’s a pretty sad and emotional topic, but the tempo and melody are kind of upbeat and positive. Strange Secrets is about having the confidence to stand up for yourself and confront someone even if it’s difficult and you might not fully understand the situation. We want people to feel empowered when they listen to Strange Secrets – it’s about not being afraid to make hard decisions, even if everything seems weird. You gotta know that things will get better!
The single was co-written by The Vaccines’ Justin Young, how did that come about?
Jamie is old friends with Justin – they went to school together in Southampton and lived together when Jamie first moved to London. They managed to fit in a writing session last year in between The Vaccines’ busy touring schedule which was when the idea for Strange Secrets was born.
Who would you say are your biggest influences?
There are too many to count! We all have different tastes in music and it’s the combination of all our backgrounds and influences coming together. It’s like cooking a great big meal, every ingredient has to be added at the right time and in the right amount, and we seem to do that quite well when songwriting!
How have you been keeping yourselves entertained during lock down?
We’ve been uploading new ideas to a shared drive and writing songs remotely. It’s a completely different process to writing together in the same room, but we’ve adapted well and made it work for us. Aside from music, It’s a heady mix of sunbathing (was the hottest May on record) gardening and cooking, which complement each other quite well. Michael has chives, thyme, rosemary and kale growing in pots that make for resourceful lockdown dinners.
What is the first thing you’re going to do when this pandemic is over?
Without doubt it will be to see family and friends. We all think our mums deserve the first post-pandemic hug!
What are your plans for the rest of 2020? If there is one…
We were recording at 123 Studios with producer Brett Shaw just before lockdown so there may be some more releases on the horizon and potentially an EP if we can get back in there soon!
Where can we find you online?
@pacemelodies is our handle for Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Website is pacemelodies.com
Any last words?
Justice for George Floyd