Salt House will be heading to our living rooms on Tuesday 26th October. Ahead of the gig, we caught up with them to find out what it’s like to be back on tour, and all about their upcoming EP, Working for Zeus.
It’s amazing seeing you back out on tour again! What’s it like to be back on the road together after all this time?
It’s really special to be back out playing music again. Naturally there was a lot of apprehension leading up to the tour – would it happen or not, etc. – so once the car was packed (to the brim!) there was a sigh of relief that after all this time it was actually happening!
What did you miss the most about touring?
Touring has so many great aspects – connecting with audiences and people from lots of different walks of life and areas you might never visit otherwise. There is nothing like a tour to really bed in new material and let it develop over a run of gigs so we definitely missed that. And we live far apart, so socially and musically we really missed hanging out.
Did lockdown give you the opportunity to work on any different creative projects that you wouldn’t have done usually?
We worked on lots separately, but as a band we held out for months and months hoping we’d be able to meet in person again. When that was clearly not happening by last winter, we set about writing songs together on Zoom. Massively challenging and something we wouldn’t have ever considered previously!
How have you found the shift to online and hybrid gigs?
It’s great to have more options now that everyone is increasingly comfortable attending live gigs online. It means we’re able to visit venues as before, but can also reach people further afield. Organisations like yourselves at Live to your Living Room make the whole process very straightforward for us and take the stress out of online streaming!
Your new EP, Working for Zeus, will be out on 3rd December – could you tell us a bit about that?
Back in winter last year, we were really missing getting together to write and create new music. We decided to try writing over zoom, between our homes in Shetland and Highland. It was a new way of working for us, which came with its challenges (patchy internet being one of them!), but which was ultimately really rewarding.
We wrote 5 songs together and decided early on that we wanted to send the tracks to musicians we normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to work with. The tracks were sent to some of our favourite musicians in Finland, Norway, America and England. They added their magic at home, and Andy Bell at Hudson Records brought it all together. We’re super chuffed with how it’s turned out and really excited to share it with the world!
Salt House will be playing for us on Tuesday 26th October at 8pm BST. Fancy joining us? Find tickets here!