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Sunderland’s soaring indie upstarts noyou release their pumped up, hook-filled, synth driven new single, Underneath The Pain, a crisply produced offering that manages to combine a nostalgic 80’s flavour with a cool and contemporary feel.

We catch up with vocalist and guitarist Connor Jobes to find out more about the band and their latest single…

How is everyone holding up during lockdown number 3?
Lockdown is good! Well, it’s as good as it can be. I’m starting to feel like working from home and not going anywhere is getting a little too enjoyable. We are looking forward to meeting up again. Feels like a big part of our lives is on hold at the moment.

How has the current climate affected the way you create and record music?
In all honesty, not a lot has changed when it comes to the writing and recording process. We’ve always worked independently and separately from one another from our own places. I’m normally the one to write and produce the tunes and the rest of the band will send over ideas or suggestions to improve it. We hope to experiment a little with the process this year and maybe work with some producers/studios. 

What has been your biggest achievement as a band so far?
Probably our biggest achievement so far is getting the band together to actually do the live shows. It took a good couple years before the band was even public to figure out how the live aspect and lineup of it was gonna work. Playing tunes together isn’t something we take for granted, and we hope to be doing it for a little while longer yet!

But I’d like to say that having one of our tunes featured on the BBC Newcastle evening playlist for a month was pretty high up there! Was a great feeling to hear it playing alongside what’s on there currently. 

Tell us about your new single, Underneath The Pain. What’s it about and how does it differ from your past releases?
This is the first tune from noyou written by our keys player Joey. About a month ago me and him were bouncing some demos around, and he showed me an unproduced version of this tune. I knew that it was gonna work for noyou and I just had to work on it straight away.

Lyrically the track explores feelings of insecurity in relationships. It describes holding yourself to a standard no one can achieve and beating yourself up when you fail. No matter how much reassurance you receive, it can never suppress the feeling of not being worthy of love.

Are you missing the live aspect of music?
I think as musicians i think it goes without saying that we miss the live aspect of music. Writing and producing tunes is a big part of it but it’s good to feel the tunes in a room and hear them come to life. You never really know how a song is gonna work until you play it live together, and that’s a big part of what’s missing with being in a band right now. 

When gigs return, where are you looking forward to playing?
Anywhere that will have us is good for me right about now! There’s some excellent venues in the North East. Independent Sunderland, Riverside Newcastle to name a couple.

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