Heavy Rapids is a name you’ll be seeing a lot this summer, thanks to live plans that include must-see festival sets at the likes of Live At Leeds this weekend just gone and The Great Escape in a few days, as well as a headline tour already booked in for September. They’re also about to drop their debut EP, ‘Cash In Hand’, which arrives next month. It’s a busy time for the Scottish up-and-comers – and there’s plenty more to come. Vocalist Dillon Squire introduces his band.
Hey Dillon, what are we interrupting?
Hello Upset, I’m in a bath just now. So fingers crossed that I don’t drop my phone in it and electrocute myself.
Congrats on your debut EP coming out soon, what can you tell us about it? Has it been in the works for ages and ages?
It’s composed of four singles; we believe every track is on the same level. We hope the public will too. We’ve had these songs for a while; we got held up in some business regarding releasing it. It’s been a blessing and a curse having these tracks delayed for release, the blessing being that the next batch is sounding enormous at the pre-production stage already.
Are there any lyrical themes you’re particularly drawn to when you write?
We like to write our music with energy and emotion. The lyrics spin-off in a reflective style and target modern day issues, even minor things that annoy us; it’s a great way to vent anger.
How do you juggle the writing/recording process, are songwriting duties shared around?
So far there’s been no real method to our songwriting. Sometimes one of us will bring a full song to the table, and it instantly clicks. Other times we have worked on a tune for months at practice and slowly built it into the finished article.