OSM: Where and when did PRIMES form? Who is in the band and what do they play?
We formed in November 2017. Oliver Kitchen Guitar/Lead Vocals, Sarah Monteith-Skelton Guitar/vocals, Reece Ryan Drums/vocals and Ray McArthur Bass.
OSM: Your new single, ‘Paper In the Rain’ is out now. What was the general songwriting process and are there any interesting stories around the recording?
We wrote Paper In The Rain whilst we were song writing in Sarah’s house. We then separated the structure into sections to write the lyrics and brought all the parts together in the practice room to get it studio-ready. Whilst recording we added final touches to the track by adding piano and harmonies.
OSM: From your point of view, what is the song about, what is its message?
Paper In The Rain is a metaphor for human fragility. Someone so broken, so lost, so hurt that even the slightest touch/word/feeling could overwhelm them.
OSM: What challenges have you faced since launching the band?
The biggest challenge was getting through the pandemic without being able to see each other in person, practice, record and play live shows.
OSM: What are your plans for the year ahead?
We are just getting ready to head into festival season for our summer shows. We are currently preparing the release of our debut 6 track EP called “Colour”. That will be released later this year then hopefully a tour at the back of its release.
OSM: If you could change anything about the industry what would it be?
Stop pay to play shows. Fair payment for artists from streaming services.
OSM: If you could share the stage with another band or performer who would it be?
Dave Grohl - the guys a legend.
OSM: Who are some of the main influences of your music?
Reece - Biffy Clyro,
Ollie - Foo Fighters,
Sarah - Placebo,
Ray - Blink 182
OSM: What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
Playing live shows, hearing our song ideas come together in a studio, spending time with each other having a laugh, sharing the same experiences, traveling and succeeding our goals as a band.
OSM: What songs are on your playlist right now, which songs are you into at the moment?
Euphoria - Vlure
Will Of The people - Muse
Dive - Fatherson
Beautiful James - Placebo
We - Arcade Fire