After the release of the band’s debut single, Check, we decided to have a chat with See You In Reno, to talk about… Arnold Swarzenneger and Harry Potter? Something about that doesn’t sound quite right…
Hi guys! First of all, can you tell us a little about yourselves and who your influences are?
We are See You In Reno, four bearded men from Chelmsford, and our name has very little to do with the biggest little city in the world directly, but it does have affiliations with a classic 1994 moving picture starring Morgan Freeman. Riddle me that.
Influence is such a strong word, so bands we like include At The Drive In, Aphex Twin, Nine Inch Nails, Norma Jean, Raised Fist, A Day To Remember, Poison The Well and Hot Chip.
Your debut single, Check, has just been released. Could you tell us a bit about it?
I think it’s one of our hardest hitting tracks, but one of our most immediate. It’s definitely agressive and raw, but despite the near complete lack of any ‘singing’, there are pop sensibilities bubbling under the surface. Plus the lyrics center around a game of Chess. What more could you want?
Who’s influenced the track lyrically?
I try not to have any role models at all. Arnold Swarzenneger has always been one of my heroes, then I found out some stuff about him I’d rather not have known and it nearly ruined him for me. I’ve tried to remember him as the man I thought he was, but you can’t forget what you know about a person. If you don’t have any heroes you don’t have anyone that can bitterly disappoint you.
Moving on swiftly, all of my lyrics are about experiences I’ve had in one way or another, so I guess you can say the people in my life influence them, and my compulsive male need to hide all of my emotions, thoughts and feelings compels me to disguise them in tall tales.
How do you decide to choose a track to record as a debut single?
It’s a bit like Harry Potter, you don’t choose the track, the track chooses you. Check was our newest track at the time and we were, and still are, completely in love with it. If we had to choose between the songs we’ve written since then for the EP, I think it’d be a much harder call.
Your debut EP is just around the corner, too, can you tell us a bit more about that?
We’re due to release the EP on the 11th August and it’ll be released via all of the usual channels like iTunes and Spotify, but the best news is that we’ll be putting it up on our Bandcamp page so people can choose to pay what they want, so basically, it’s free.
What can people expect from the EP – more of what we’ve heard in Check?
Yes and no. It’s a driving beaty record, and it has the same attitude, but there are a few twists and turns along the way. I’d say it’s a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde.
And, finally, what’s the rest of the summer looking like for the band?
We’re working on another video for one of the other EP tracks at the moment so once we’re done with that we can start announcing some shows!
Thanks for taking time to chat with us!
You can watch the video for the band’s debut single below –