Could you tell us about "Headlights"?
Prior to Meadowlark, both Dan and myself were in turbulent relationships and found ourselves reminiscing about them when it came to writing our album last year. We had so many unanswered questions and we found the best way to try and answer some of these, was to write about them. "Headlights" started with the question: "Did you ever see me for who I wanted to be?"
We both realised how young and how foolish we were when it came to 'love'. Back then, we had no idea who we were, but we knew exactly who we wanted to be. I guess it's just a shame that we're now both in our mid-to-late 20s, and the people from our pasts never really got to see us in the way we wanted them to. "Headlights" helped us close those chapters once and for all - and we're really grateful for that.
What do you think it sounds like?
It's hard for us to put our finger on what it sounds like, so many different influences went into writing and recording it, there was no clear direction in the studio as to where we felt it should be placed genre-wise. I guess it just sounds like Meadowlark.
Where does it fit in your catalogue of music so far?
"Headlights" definitely sways into the realm of 'pop', we wanted to display a more upbeat side to our music, a song that had a little more dance and a little less tears.
How was it written and recorded?
The original demo was a lot faster and guitar based, it wasn't until we got into the studio that we started experimenting with the dynamic of the song, slowing it down and creating a more groove-based, half-time feel. We both love how it sounds now!
What does the video add to the music?
The video goes against the grain of the song, it focuses on the metaphors embedded within the lyrics and displays them in an interesting one-take video that sways in and out of both Dan and myself as well as two incredible conceptual dancers.
How did the video come together?
I wanted to create something a little different for "Headlights" and I'd never attempted directing a one-take music video before. I'd had the idea for quite some time and finally felt like it would work for one of our songs.
How're you feeling about touring with Aquilo?
Excited! We have been big fans of Aquilo since they dropped their first EP, I actually remember dancing (probably too much) to their set at Barn On The Farm festival last year.
Are you particularly excited about any dates?
We played the Scala in London a few years ago when we opened for Rhodes and Amber Run, I remember it being such an amazing place to play so naturally we are excited to return again as main support. It's also going to be great to be able to head to a few cities that we missed on our headline run this month too.
What's next for Meadowlark?
More writing, more gigging, and more new music. It's such an exciting time for us at the moment, we feel really proactive as we move ever closer to releasing our debut album.
What are you looking forward to in 2017?
This year has been full of ups and downs for our planet, I think we are all excited to go into the new year with a fresh perspective on things, a new lease of life, I feel like there is no better time for us to release our debut album, it captures that feeling of reflection so well.
What scares you about 2017?
The possibility of Trump becoming president... that's a horror story waiting to happen.