With a sound that is described as an electric mix of Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Amazons, Sam Fender, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys, Scottish alt-rock quartet Sub Violet released their debut single 'Let Me Know' on July 19.
Who are you?
I’m Ewan McCunn, I’m lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Sub Violet. Then there’s Matthew Carson (bass) Jake Charleston (drums) and Joe McDonald (lead guitar).
Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today.
We’re based in Motherwell, Scotland, although our drummer and lead guitarist are from Edinburgh. I formed the band along with our bassist Matthew in 2017, we originally started as a piece then decided to get another guitar in, from there we went through a few lineup changes to finally get to where we are now.
Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.
I’d say we’re an alternative rock band. We’re influenced by all kinds of music. It’s always changing depending on what I’m listening to. although I always find myself listening to Catfish and the Bottlemen or The Amazons so I guess they influence our music a lot.
Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.
The writing process changes every song, usually one of us will have a chord progression or riff and we’ll play about with it and find a basic structure then I’ll go home and write lyrics for it. Sometimes it takes five minutes to write the song, sometimes it takes weeks!
Tell us a little about your new single.
‘Let Me Know’ is our debut single. We wrote it about a year ago now and it’s went through loads of versions. It was one of the first ones we wrote after having a second guitarist join the band. It was recorded and produced by Paul McInally from 45 a-side in Glasgow; he’s class at what he does and spent so much time helping us develop the song.
Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?
Yeah, we’re playing Opium club/bar in Edinburgh this Saturday (27th July). It’s free entry so if you get a chance head along! Looking forward to it, will be a decent night!
How's the rest of the year looking, plans-wise?
Back in the studio next month, focusing on the single at the moment working hard to reach as many people as possible. Currently getting more gigs booked nothing set in stone yet.
Where can we hear more of your music?
'Let Me Know' is available on all major streaming platforms. Unfortunately, it’s the only tune we have out for now, but we’ve got some more songs hopefully coming out by the end of the year!
What social media platforms can we find you on?
Instagram // Facebook // Twitter