AN INTERVIEW WITH SERENE
Bearing little resemblance to their namesake, Serene is a lot of things but peaceful isn’t one of them. With their latest single “With You,” the London based band proves the irony of their name. Throwing down the matches, Jake Walters (vox and guitar), Carl Pratley (lead guitar), Charlie Spackman (drums), and Ricky Bloom (bass), ignite a flame that they continue to stoke throughout the song. A steady blaze fed off of the face-melting vocals and serious shredding, they sound like a bat straight out of hell. Punks through and through, Serene makes you want to topple amps, get in trouble, throw down, and do anything other than relax. I had the opportunity to talk to them about attitudes, the future, and the first punk record they truly loved.
FIRST PUNK RECORD YOU REALLY LOVED?
JAKE: The Clash - London Calling
CARL: The Damned - Music For Pleasure
RICKY: The Ramones - Leave Home
“WITH YOU” IS THE FIRST SINGLE YOU GUYS HAVE RELEASED. HOW DO YOU THINK IT INTRODUCES SERENE?
R: Its a preview of our band and our potential. It represents the energy of the band pretty well. A very aggressive song but one with nice melodies you can sing to.
WHAT WAS THE SINGLE BIGGEST INFLUENCE FOR “WITH YOU?’
J: The biggest influence on the song was frustration and dissatisfaction which I was feeling at the time.
YOU STATED THAT THE VIDEO WAS LEFT OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION. WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO LEAVE ART/MUSIC AMBIGUOUS + TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO DRAW THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS?
J: If it’s too obvious and precise then I believe it can exclude people from relating to the art/music. I like to leave it open and let people make up their own minds.
YOU’RE HAVING A RELEASE PARTY FOR YOUR SECOND SINGLE, “SHADOWS.” HOW DO YOU FEEL ATMOSPHERE CONTRIBUTES TO YOUR SOUND?
C: It certainly adds to the sound especially at live shows, we’re a band who thrives whilst playing live and atmosphere plays a big part in that.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING A PUNK ARTIST IN LONDON?
R: It can be testing at times as there isn’t really a “scene” so to speak but we still love living and playing here.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE TRULY PUNK MUSIC? IS IT AN ATTITUDE? MINDSET? CERTAIN SOUND?
J: Having a DIY attitude is something that comes to mind when I think of punk bands, doing your own videos/artwork all adds to the music.