Interview Soft Toy Emergency

We caught up with Jen (lead singer) to find out more about what they’re up to and where they’re going.

Soft Toy Emergency

will soon be releasing their debut single, so we caught up with Jen (lead singer) to find out more about what they’re up to and where they’re going.

Hi Soft Toy Emergency! So what are you doing at the moment?
Just writing as much stuff as possible really . At this point last year we were getting ready to play our first gig. Since then we’ve been gigging so much that we’ve never really had a good amount of time just to sit in a practice room and write songs. It’s always been a case of needing enough songs to fill a 25-30 min set up until recently. So it’s nice now to be able to spend more time on new stuff without the pressure of having to get it finished for our next gig.

So you’re supporting Iglu & Hartly on their upcoming tour, are you fans of the band?
We played a gig with them a while back. Their shows are mad! Haven’t seen that many screaming girls (and guys) since I went to see Boyzone when I was like 8 or 9 (and yes I am admitting to being taken to see Boyzone with my mum).

There’s lots of remixes of your songs floating around, have you ever done any remixing yourself?
Not yet as we’ve really been putting all our efforts in to our own songs but it is something we’d love to do in the future. We’ve done a couple of things for local artists but nothing that’s likely to end up on the next Fabric compilation or anything.

So how are the Skins partys you’ve been playing?
Coventry was an awesome night. The show happened to be on Halloween, which I think added, a whole new dimension. Bit of an odd experience looking out to see the front row of the crowd dressed as goblins and strangely quite a few nuns!? We had such a great couple of nights in Cardiff. We stayed on and played one of Jen Long’s infamous house parties with Decimals and Crimesss.

You’ve been putting out a lot of new material recently, is any of this going to make it onto the album?
Yeah we’d like some of them to make it on. We’re constantly writing new things at the moment though so it’s hard to say what will make the final cut.

What bands would you cite as influences behind your music?
We’re big fans of Justice. I think French dance acts have an amazing knack of being able to use chords and melodies that in any other situation would sound totally cheesy but somehow it just sounds bold and awesome when they do it.

So when do you plan on releasing your debut album?
Woah Mr DIY! One step at a time. We’re putting out our first single in Feb on a little label called Friends Vs Records so we’re really just working towards that for now. But who knows what could happen next year.

And finally, What other new bands would you recommend checking out?
Decimals are cool and Pennie’s moustache is amazing. Locally, the lads in Bells For Rene always put on a good show.

Single ‘I Kno U Want It’ will be released on 16th February through Friends Vs Records.

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