“Deadweight is about letting go and putting happiness first. Through the medium of the tale of King Midas it discusses the issues of mental health and how it can change how you see/perceive things,” reveals Seven Stories High vocalist Rhys Hyett-Ferrier of his band's new EP. Self-released today and available from www.sevenstorieshigh.bandcamp.
com he continues, “We have all, either personally or through someone close to us, dealt with mental health issues and it was our hope that perhaps someone who was struggling would get something out of this.”
Recorded at Mwnci Studios in West Wales, rounded off with mixing and mastering by local technician Tom Williams, the Swansea band, who are influenced by State Champs, The Wonder Years and Four Year Strong, describe the release as “almost split in two – half follows a fast upbeat Pop Punk feel, which gets people dancing and jumping around. The other is heavier - fuller sounding and darker in feel, which you can chant and scream along to.” Yet, the EP flows as one piece of music, with each track written to fit the narrative, whilst being open enough to interpretation for listeners to make a personal connection.
Seven Stories High, who are completed by Matt Davies and Charlie Porter on Guitar, Kallum Brain on Bass and Dave Bevan on Drums, reveal the name came quite literally: “We were on the seventh floor of the flat and wrote a lyric about being, seven stories high. When we needed to finally name the band, the lyric became more than that; we realized that Dave, Matt and I had been in bands with six different singers, making this line-up the seventh ‘story’.” Intent on acting as a beacon of positivity, they explain: “The world is in a horrible place right now and we appreciate the important role art plays in holding a mirror up to the present, sparking conversation and positive change. We pour everything we have into our live shows and it makes our day jobs worth the grind.” In support of the release, the quintet will be playing these select dates:
24.11.17 – The Pit, Swansea
25.11.17 – Winchester Gate, Salisbury
26.11.17 – Suki 10C, Birmingham
03.12.17 – The Lanes, Bristol