With their much-anticipated debut album finally on the starting grid, Estrons are ready to make a noise. We catch up with frontwoman Tali Källström to find out more.
Your debut has a great title - ‘You Say I'm Too Much, I Say You're Not Enough’ is one of those lines everyone wishes they could come up with during a break-up. What’s the story behind it?
It did originate from a line I used after a break-up, but it's actually a lot more than that. Saying the line out loud made me realise that everything and everyone is relevant to their own situation, so it's a comment on that and how we should all just do our best to accept it.
A big part of growing up is recognising when a situation or relationship is bad for you, isn’t it?
I don't even know what bad is anymore. I grew up quite unconventionally with many complications around me and lots of conflict and moving around. I never feel bad about it though; sometimes I feel grateful sometimes I feel angry. But life is a series of emotions, and they make you who you are. Every day I learn something small, sometimes even subconsciously.
Do you find writing or singing about life’s shitty moments helps give you control over them, and perhaps the courage to change things for the future?
It's definitely a good therapy when you're feeling something, but actually, I find it makes me feel even more out of control. Often the best way of at least appearing in control is pushing those emotions down; we are all taught to do it. Music is when you let yourself go out of control. It's admittance. It's when emotions come to life.
If it weren’t for music, do you think you’d be as open with how you feel about things?
So what was the process like putting together the album, did you sign a record deal then begin properly, or did the album come first?
The album came first. We wrote it over the past few years, so we had plenty of time to grow the sound and realise more about who we were and what we wanted to sound like and wanted to say.
Did you come up against any unexpected challenges while recording, or firming up the release plans?
Absolutely. A lot of hard work and many unexpected challenges. Luckily the release date didn't get pushed but we learnt a hell of a lot from the process, and it makes it all the more special to us. I guess you could describe it like having your first child.
Were there any songs you thought would end up on the record, but ended up not quite fitting? How did your initial ideas evolve?
We did scrap one song after recording it. Sometimes you need to hear it to know whether or not it's going to fit and this song was quite new and a bit of unexpected suggestion for me as far as the tracklist went. We always wanted the album to be a snapshot in time, a memoir to the last few years we'd spent writing and playing together. We wanted it to be a journey, and that never changed.
Other than getting the album out, are there any milestones you’d like to hit over the next few years?
We really would like to tour more internationally and reach the people we haven't seen or haven't met yet. For me, the majority of my family still live in Canada, and they're dying to watch my band live. That would be a dream come true.
Have you continued to work on new material since finishing the album?
Actually, yes. There are quite a few demos that we've been developing, and we plan on going away after the tour and getting them finished.
What do you think Estrons will sound like on album two?
Different. I think with the set up we have we will always sound like us, but I'm expecting it to sound a lot softer in the soft bits and a lot harder in the hard bits. We've learnt a lot about ourselves in the past few months, as musicians for one. I've felt many many things also, so expect a lot of fucking feelings.
What else are you lot up to at the mo, there are loads of tour dates, aren’t there?
We'll be doing in stores around the album release and yes, the tour. There will be more releases. I'm feeling pretty nervous actually. I'm going to write a song about it.
Taken from the October issue of Upset. Estrons' debut album 'You Say I'm Too Much, I Say You're Not Enough' is out now.
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