WORDS BY : ETHAN MEGENIS-CLARKE
“I think for the first time in our lives we are writing the music we were supposed to write, and it feels great.” Out of Love frontman Jack Rogers proudly declares. The music in question, which Jack describes as “honest, fun punk rock”, combines the buoyant power-pop of Culture Abuse with the snarl of late 00s British hardcore. “We sort of just fell into this style, initially I think we were wanting to shoot for a more shoegaze type thing, but it didn’t feel right.” The singer explains, “these tracks fell out so naturally and we didn’t have to force it.”
Honestly getting any interest from anyone was something we didn’t even think about
Shortly after the release of upbeat punk rager S.L.U.M.P back in February, Out of Love were approached by Venn Records to help release their debut EP I Am Not Me. Run by veterans of the UK punk scene, Venn has launched the careers of British bands such as Milk Teeth and Higher Power. “Honestly getting any interest from anyone was something we didn’t even think about, we just wanted to put the songs up on Bandcamp and see if our mates like them and play a few shows.” Says Rogers on the topic of the band getting signed after releasing their first single.
Originally, Out of Love planned to self-record I Am Not Me, but Rogers and co. eventually enlisted producer Sam Bloor to help track drums and vocals; “Having an outsider’s ears on the tracks and working with Sam was such a blast. We can’t wait to get back in that room with him.” The singer elaborates.
[My Perfect World] is a tip of the hat to the creative world many of us love and owe our sanity and sometimes lives too.
Out of Love’s latest track ‘My Perfect World’ takes them in a more positive direction than their EP title would lead you to believe: “[My Perfect World] is a tip of the hat to the creative world many of us love and owe our sanity and sometimes lives too.” Describes Rogers.
“I don’t think any of the tracks intended to be negative,” Rogers says of S.L.U.M.P’s cynical lyrics, “I see them more as little bits of self-reflection, acknowledging you are not who you want to be.” The jubilant, fuzzy guitars on S.L.U.M.P prevents it from feeling dreary, while the defiant chant of “No borders/No boundaries/No Gods/No fighting” on My Perfect World perfectly describes the feeling of community within a vibrant music scene.
In addition to a killer sound, Out of Love have already created a distinct visual identity to their artwork and social media. Evoking 70s punk and anarchy imagery with a modern neon twist, the band stands out against the typical 90s inspired fare of other up-coming punk bands. “I create 99% of the visual things we put out which I guess helps with the constancy as my art has a certain look and feel to it.” Explains Rogers’ “We are just trying to have our personalities shine through in every aspect of our art visually and sonically.”
“I recently for the first time in a while reached out to some other artists we like.” Rogers continues. The band have collaborated with the likes of James Fischer, best known for crafting the unique aesthetic of his own band Basement, to help design the merch sold alongside the I Am Not Me pre-orders.
While some of Out of Love’s plans around the release of I Am Not Me were cancelled by the ongoing pandemic restrictions, Rogers is in good spirits: “I feel lucky in the sense we are not a big enough band for this to really mess with us too much.” The frontman says the band’s aspirations are the same as they’ve always been: “just keep writing and putting out the best art we can.”