The Glasgow music world has evolved and grown over the years, and with the success of Lewis Capaldi, Twin Atlantic, and Vukovi to name a few, it appears there is a spotlight blaring intimidatingly on the city. However, instead of shying away or conforming, one of the bands pushing through and making their mark over the last few years in the alternative and post-hardcore scene is Deter. With their debut album ‘Wither & Fade’ less than a year old, the band dropped news of finally releasing a single they had been premiering at shows including their short run with rock powerhouse Tigress.
We spoke to frontman and vocalist Jamie Logan ahead of the release of their new single ‘Iniquity’ and the writing process of what has the potential to be a career changing song.
Where did you get the inspiration to write and release ‘Iniquity’ as a single?
“After we had just released our debut album ‘Wither & Fade’ we didn’t really know what sound we were gonna pursue next but based on the live experience of playing the album we knew we wanted more energetic, heavier songs so we could have more fun playing them live. Then Jonny (guitarist) came up with the bulk of the ‘Iniquity’ guitar parts and we spent a little while refining it until we were happy. We knew from the first time playing it live in February 2019 that we needed to make it our next single as it was received better than our album songs.”
Who were your main musical influences for the song?
“At the time of writing ‘Iniquity’ myself and Jonny were listening to a lot of Movements and Rarity but were already inspired by bands like Holding Absence and Casey. Lyrically mostly Casey and Holding Absence.”
Lyrically, was ‘Iniquity’ cathartic to write, or was it difficult?
“‘Iniquity’ is to this day still one of the most challenging songs I have written in terms of subject matter and portrayal of my own thoughts. It definitely was cathartic to just put my darkest thoughts into a positive outlet as it covers my trials and tribulations with my own mental health and how they have worn me down over the years.”
The word itself has deep-rooted ties to the bible and religious connotations, was this an influence at all or merely coincidence?
“The religious connections to the word were purely coincidental. The song was written from a place of disdain and frustration with myself and holds no religious connections.”
Last year, you released your debut album ‘Wither & Fade’, do you have any plans for another album or EP?
“Sadly, we don’t intend in doing a significant body of work such as an album for a long time but you can expect lots of smaller releases from us until we feel the need to create a cohesive body of work.”
Finally, what can we expect to see from Deter in 2020?
“In 2020, you can expect lots of new music and bigger shows. More so in the second half of the year! We’re working really hard behind the scenes to take the band to the next level. PS expect more riffs and cool shows.”
‘Iniquity’ is available to buy and stream through the links below.