Wolverhampton-based five piece, METHODS, have been making their mark in the local music scene with their electro indie and dark synth compilations. Their 2017 single ‘Sanctuary’ was recorded by producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Junipers, The Sherlocks) at Magic Garden Studios and it launched them into the live music scene where they found their love for the stage.
‘Fires’ is another indie-synth staple from the group as the song tackles a brooding subject but transforms the sadness and leaves you with hope. The repeated verse “smile and carry on” can be interpreted in a couple of different ways, depending on your own views on life. Something bad happened to you which hurt you? “Smile and carry on” – always remember to stay positive. Or it could mean that you stay oblivious to what’s happening around you. As the outro states, “I’ve got the world crumbling around inside my head”. You could choose to “smile and carry on”, but that means you ignore what’s going on and don’t really tackle your own problems. ‘Fires’ is sure to be METHODS’ biggest single to date.
We sat down with the guys from METHODS to find out more about the people behind the music.
Watch the music video for ‘Fires’ via IndieGROUND:
What does each member of Methods bring to the table?
Pete (drummer) Adam (bass) bring the beating heart to all METHODS tracks, locked tight they are the solid foundation on which we work our magic. Ryan (guitar) brings the melodic, yet at times dark, riffs inter woven seamlessly with the 80’s inspired synth lines from Nash (keys). All together creating the perfect soundscape for Ash’s (vocals) dark, relatable lyrics.
Is there a special story behind any of the instruments used?
No real special story really. We just love to experiment with sound and mixing the electronic synths and analogue instruments along with arpeggiators and bass loops. In the studio is where we do all our experimenting really. The last track we recorded has all of the usual electronic stuff and guitars etc and then, along with Gav (Magic Garden Studios Producer) we composed a string quartet piece. It sounds amazing, it’s called ‘No Cover’ and will probably be the lead track on the EP early 2019.
Set the tone for us. How would you describe Methods’ sound?
Big. We like to create big sounding songs, in fact we find it pretty hard not to write big sounding tracks. We are really in a good place at the moment when it comes to writing songs. We have so many we want everyone to hear; it’s hard to hold back on just releasing them all at the same time. If we had to pigeon hole our genre, I guess it’s Electro Indie, whatever that is.
Before performing a gig, how do you approach the look of the band? Do you have a certain aesthetic in mind?
We don’t think too much about the clothes we wear really, it’s not like we all have to wear the same things or anything. We are now in the process of adding a visual aspect to the gigs though and that’s very exciting. We are working through some ideas with a video artist at the moment and people will start to see this appearing at gigs very soon.