30th September: “It was basically therapy for me!”, reveals Towers frontman/guitarist Mark of today’s release, the alt-rockers self-titled debut EP. With artwork which simply features an image of their beloved Bournemouth beach, he explains the release’s significance: “Music to all of us is important, its kept me going and these songs are incredibly personal. The 3 other guys mean the world to me – to have 3 best friends in a band is something really special. We have all been in different bands, including together, for over a decade, but this EP feels like we have something special.”
Towers is something which Mark proudly states is rooted in his mental well being: “I went through a tough time last year with personal and mental issues. Music was the only thing that kept me going through it. I started writing these songs during that time, and once I recorded them I had made a lot of progress with myself.” In fact, all of Towers’ members, who comprise Guitarist Dan, Bassist Matt and Drummer Jamie, share this motivation, with Mark explaining: “We do it for the love for music, we love playing music, writing music, and we are all best friends. That’s really it! It’s that simple. If we don’t write music we go crazy. Trust me.”
Seeing them head west, the self-titled EP was recorded with Jonny Renshaw at Bandit Studios (Devil Sold His Soul, Blood Youth). “We wanted a massive sound, and we knew that he would take what we had and bring it up to a level that we wanted. It was the most relaxed recording process we have ever had. Jonny is so passionate about music and we worked really well with him,” recalls Mark. Big the tracks certainly are: anthemic, brimming with emotion, infectious harmonies and an overriding sense of positivity. Easily drawing comparisons to the likes of Deaf Havana, 30 Seconds To Mars and Biffy Clyro, the band cite influences ranging from Jimmy Eat World to Sigur Ros. As Mark put it: “We try to write simple, catchy rock songs that sound massive.” Mission accomplished we’d say.
‘Towers’ Track Listing: Titan feat. Ellie Price | 2. Otherside | 3. Could Have