This weeks Track of the Week comes from BIMM Brighton band, House Points. Check out the video below, and the lads were also kind enough to answer a few questions for us…
What was the inspiration behind your track?
It’s just about those people that you wanna run a mile from as soon as they walk in the room. “Don’t know how it tastes to take a bullet in the teeth” is a nod to how your mind runs through all the things you’d rather endure than listen to that person talk.
What did your songwriting process involve?
For me it’s always melody and chords first, lyrics last. So I’d been messing around with the vocal hook in the verse for a while and the rest formed around it just by messing about improvising other chords and vocal melodies. I’m a fan of throwing in odd key changes hence the key change between the verse and chorus.
What things do you do differently to other bands?
We place melody pretty highly in songwriting – if the melody isn’t there then we will keep adjusting until it is. There’s always an element of pop in our songs and it’s not something we particularly want to go away, but we tend to wrap it up in a bit of mess and chaos. We often throw in some odd, almost misplaced chords into our songs which kind of warps the vocal melodies and adds a very fleeting bit of dissonance, that’s something that’s quite unique to us I think.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Fuzzy indie pop.
Have you channelled any artist in particular on this track?
Not intentionally or knowingly in the writing of the track. But throughout the production I was always banging on about The Strokes and wanted to mimic some of their production techniques, particularly with the vocal sound Julian Casablancas has throughout Is This It.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
Probably the fact that you can reach out to a real industry professional at any given time. For those important decisions about band branding, how to best release a track, how to get bloggers interested etc. it’s really helpful to have a network of people that have done it themselves and can give you some really solid advice.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
‘Don’t forget your earplugs’ – Mum.
Whats next for House Points?
Writing! We’ll be playing Together The People on September 4th and after that we’re going to knuckle down on finalising a bunch of new songs we’ve been working on, then from there hopefully book some studio time and record something!