Unable to avert their eyes from the unravelling world around them, London alternative rock band, HYMNS have returned with their new Reset EP. Plucking from a wealth of genres and pop culture references, for the past four years, HYMNS have been making ethereal rock songs that exist to enlighten and energise all who bear witness. With the new EP out The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss Reset, 2021 and venues.
TF: You have a new EP out, how does it feel when you release your music to the world? How’s the response been?
We’ve been very eager to get these songs out! Now the EP is out there we have mixed feelings of excitement with trepidation. We always try to stay true to ourselves and maintain an approach of authenticity in music making, so it matters to us that the music resonates with some people. The first single from the EP, Reset, went down well with our existing fanbase, and friends who’ve had a sneak peak of the EP think it’s not even the best song, so we’re hoping for a decent reception with this one. We shall see!
TF: How would you sum up the record in one sentence?
Ennio Morricone, Black Sabbath and Interpol are trapped in a recording studio together expressing their deepest and darkest secrets through song.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
I’ve (Oli) been writing a few bits and pieces in lockdown. I’ll carry on writing songs until I think we have enough for an EP or maybe a mini album. Hopefully in between writing sessions we will do a few gigs!
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Our favourite is The Finsbury in London. The onstage monitoring is top notch and the sound guys are very accommodating, they give you the time of day for a decent soundcheck. Sadly this isn’t the case at a lot of venues. We’d love to play more venues in the north of England, the crowds are more enthusiastic up there! We’d love to play the Deaf Institute in Manchester!