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America is getting familiar with UK band, The Ramona Flowers.
The Brit band has just released a new single, called “Strangers,” that blends cool electronic sounds and upbeat tempo. The Ramona Flowers band has a high-energy approach to music and are big fans of pop culture, whether it’s British or American. Even the name of the U.K.-based band comes from the female lead character in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
They’re UK-based guys with a love of American music, but their hearts are still in Bristol. However, that may change as The Ramona Flowers have just released their new single, ‘Strangers,’ and are touring hot U.S. cities like San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Groundsounds.com sat down with The Ramona Flowers and asked the important questions.
Tell us about “Strangers” and how you came to write this song?
This was a rare song where we wrote it collectively as a band, but nobody was in the same room at the same time. We were all in the studio at different times and picked it up where it had been left the previous day, but everyone was on the same vibe and it just seem to gel really naturally even though the way it was written wasn’t so natural.
With regard to “Strangers,” do you believe everyone wants to “meet for the first time again?” Are relationships tedious?
I think there are ups and downs in all relationships, but when you first meet someone you really connect with it’s a special moment and I think if we had the choice we would all love to repeat it again.
What is the secret to a good collaboration?
The key to a good collaboration is a combination of many factors. Having similar tastes is important however you have to have different approaches to create music or any art as a collective. Be that as a duo or larger group of artists. It’s how these different approaches compliment, alter or even combine to create something new that is the tricky part.
How did the members of The Ramona Flowers meet?
Well we met a few years back in stages. Dave, Wayne and Sam were already making music together in another project. They decided to move in a different direction and so met Steve while looking for a new front man. Finally, I arrived after being introduced to the guys through a mutual friend who was aware they were looking for a new drummer.
From the sounds of your work, electro-synth has influenced you. What is so attractive about that genre to you?
I think people always romanticise about the music they listened to growing up as a child, and a lot of what was happening in the 80’s had big choruses, tons of synth, electro drums and was a kind of music people hadn’t heard before. What’s not to like?
Who are the musicians you most admire and why?
We all have different musicians we admire for our own reasons. You have to admire any musicians who are willing to push the boundaries and try something different. Radiohead are one of those bands that constantly evolve. Never afraid of trying something new.
You guys played a lot of music festivals this summer, what do you enjoy most about touring? What is the worst thing about touring?
Touring is an amazing part of being in a band. We love to travel, see new places and meet new people. It’s also really nice to play the music we have created to people that enjoy it and those that haven’t heard us before. The hardest part is probably spending so much time with the same people. No matter how much you like people it puts the strongest friendships to the test.
What advice would you give young artists today?
I think just to play live as much as you can be patient and keep writing, you can never have to many songs.
Where can we follow you and where can our readers catch you live next?
Our next run of shows are in Italy at the end of October and then we’re heading over to the States for a month. Details will be on our website where you can also buy merch, CDs, vinyl and more.
For more information or to buy the single, check out The Ramona Flowers