ORCHID COLLECTIVE - COURAGE

TRACK OF THE WEEK

Indie Folk band, Orchid Collective provide this weeks Track of the Week.

We had a chat with David O’Shea to find out all the ins and outs of their latest offering…

What was the inspiration behind your track?

It’s not usually something I would discuss as I strongly believe people take what they want from music and apply it to their own lives, but I guess it’s about a failed relationship and how unhealthy it can be to keep something going that’s obviously run it’s course.

What did your songwriting process involve?

I wrote the bones of the tune, lyrics and rhythm guitar, and then brought it to the band. From there we added our signature vocal harmonies in the right places and arranged the song the way we thought best suited it!

What things do you do differently to other bands?

I think it’s the use of harmonies. All four of us sing in the band which I think isn’t something many bands do.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Epic Harmony Rawk

Have you channeled any artist in particular on this track?

I wouldn’t say any artist in particular. I think as a band we all have our own separate influences and they show in our music and each of our different contributions to the music. Myself and Shea are big fans of Fleet Foxes along with Crosby Stills and Nash so I guess we are channeling them somewhere in our subconscious.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

For us it was definitely the opportunity to meet like minded people that we wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for BIMM. We’re all from different parts of the country so we definitely have BIMM to thank for the creation of our band!

What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?

Funny you ask that because we just had our graduation event last night with the Edge from U2 as a guest speaker. He said to us that if we push ourselves to our limits, the very brink of our capabilities and strive to create music that blows our own minds, then we are more likely to blow other peoples minds. I thought that was great.

What’s next for you?

I guess keep writing and gigging. We had a pretty crazy summer, playing at a lot of the major Irish festivals including Electric Picnic. So we want to keep that momentum going. We’re in the middle of an Irish tour at the moment and we have a lot of exciting shows coming up, so it’s full steam ahead in the Orchid Collective camp!

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