All We Are have produced one of the year’s highlights with their latest album Providence. It is without question a pop album, but one that has a lot going on under the surface. There are a lot of sounds that make up an All We Are song but somehow, magically they all come together to create a glorious whole.
Here at Sun 13, we are reminded of the likes of Stealing Sheep and Lets Eat Grandma, which can only be a good thing.
Lead single Not Your Man is the catchiest thing we’ve heard since, oooh I don’t know when. Before you have finished listening to the song for the first time you will be singing along to the chorus and craving a pina colada. It is the kind of song that could quite easily sound corny or novelty in the wrong hands, but All We Are turn it into a celebration.
Listening to Providence is like going to a party. And at the moment, that’s a feeling we surely all miss.
Sun 13 sat the band down and asked them 13 questions. Read on to find out more about touring plans, drunken freestyle and yacht jazz.
1. Where are you and what are you doing and how is that working out?
“We are in our studio, which unfortunately has just been sold and will be knocked down. We’ve been there for 9 years and it’s been fundamental in getting us where we are, so we are quite emotional!
We’ll miss it to bits. Apart from that, our third record is out which is awesome but not being able to tour is sad and weird.”
2. How have you been coping with the lockdown situation?
“We are alright! We weren’t able to get together until about a month ago, so only just starting to get back into rehearsing and writing music.”
3. What do you miss most about pre-lockdown times?
“Definitely playing gigs and touring. It’s our favourite and most rewarding part of the job. Not having that – not having that connection and feedback with the audience – is taking a bit of a toll on us mentally.
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Normally you close the album campaign by touring the record, so it feels like something is most certainly missing. We got a tour booked for next year so crossing all our fingers we can get back to it as soon as we are able.”
4. Recommend one band or album that you think we should check out
Luis: “Best of The Beatles? Joking. Hmmm….Album: Love Bill Evans “The Paris Concert” edition 1 or 2.”
Band: “Brazilian psychedelic rockers Boogarins.”
5. When did you last make yourself do something you didn’t want to?
Luis: “I quit coffee over lockdown even though I absolute love the taste of that sweet sweet black gold going down my throat.”
Guro: “I think that’s just part of being alive, we all do things we don’t want to do, but we have to.”
Rich: “Every single day.”
6. What’s your guilty listening pleasure?
Luis: “Not sure it’s guilty as I’m really proud of it, but I love Steely Dan and all their intellectual yacht jazz pop.”
Guro: “I don’t actually think it’s a guilty pleasure, just a pleasure;) haha I really like a lot of little mix’s tunes.”
Rich : “Simply Red, sorry.”
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7. Can you cook?
“We all certainly can! Luis brought brazilian beans leftovers to the studio today and spilt it all on the floor.”
8. Tell us a secret
“We had the 3rd album title ready for a couple of years, we were gonna call it “Wondercure”, meaning music is healing to us, but it didn’t feel right for obvious reasons.”
9. What’s the best night out you’ve ever had?
Rich and Luis: “We once drank a bottle of whiskey at the Vogue Ball, jumped on the catwalk and won the freestyle public category but didn’t know until the next day because they were immediately kicked out.”
Guro: “Think both day and night was smashing, when we played Park Stage at Glasto in 2015. Loved all of it.”
10. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
Luis: “During lockdown me and my mate got into the habit of sending each other epic 15min voice recordings in silly voices, each more ridiculous than the last”.
Guro: “When I went camping with a few mates a few weeks back. It was hilarious.”
Rich: “Thankfully that happens very often. Sunday for me.”
11. What is your favourite view?
Luis: “The view from my dad’s beach house in Brazil. Total paradise, feel so much peace when I’m there.”
Guro: “Think it’s the top of Flånebba, a mountain back home, it’s an amazing hike and the views are stunning. So satisfying.”
Rich: “On stage at a festival post gig looking out at an enthused and ecstatic crowd.”
12. When did you last shout at the TV?
“The other night, when Leicester scored against City. We are reds you see.”
13. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
“All We Are would like to say stay safe and sound everyone, and we can’t wait to have a drink and a dance with you all at the other end x”