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Straight Line Stitch Interview with Alexis Brown


You have a new EP out in June, called ‘Transparency’, which I had the pleasure of hearing, and absolutely loved by the way! But what made you decide to release another EP following your self-titled EP in 2014?

Thank you so much! It's been over four years since we released any new music & we wanted to test the waters first. We figured it was about time. If the EP gets a strong enough response then ultimately we'll definitely move forward with a full length.

What can you tell us about the themes and concept behind the new EP?

Transparency was written during a very bleak and hopeless time when we had nothing & no one. Through the living hell that we were experiencing at the time there came a certain kind of clarity that gave us the strength to persevere. Although, their was so much tribulation surrounding us we started to see things clearly for the first time in years & therefore Transparency was born. Being able to see a light (no matter how small) at the end of a very dark tunnel.

Is this EP a taster of what is to come in your upcoming full release, and how do you think ‘Transparency’ compares to your previous releases?

This EP is definitely a taste of what is yet to come! With our previous albums we had a lot of help & support but we also had a bunch of drama on every side. The writing process of Transparency revealed to us that we could do it ourselves if need be & we have.


Following on from this, what can we expect from the new album?

When people listen to the new album they can expect that they won't be getting regurgitated SLS, & what I mean by that is it will have our familiarity naturally but it will be different because as a band that has transformed so much it will definitely come from a different place.

You have been through a few line-up changes, especially in the last couple of years, would you say this has affected the sound or dynamics of the band?

Anytime a band gets new members it will always affect the dynamics of the band because every person brings something new or different to the table.




What would you say are your main influences musically and creatively?

Life is definitely a main influence on our music. Life dictates art, isn't that what they say? Musically, there are so many that influence us it would hard to name them all or even narrow them down.

You have signed with Pavement Entertainment, what has it been like working with them so far?

The synergy is great! In a word they just get it! Tim King is in Soil, so we don't have to explain why the band needs certain things. He understands our needs right off the bat because he's in a band as well! The whole Pavement team is amazing because they fight just as hard as we do and they're accessible. They're a great label and they are good at what they do and they've done a lot for us in just a short amount of time.

Have you aired any new material live yet, and if so, what has the response been like from the fans?

We have played a few new songs & from what I gather the fans love it & they want more of it.

How excited are you for the rest of your upcoming tour dates?

We are super excited! As a band we enjoy being out on the road. There is a sense of accomplishment when you know your working hard & doing everything you can to make it.

Are there any plans to tour the UK this year?

I sure hope so!!! We've literally been dying to get back over to you all. We fell in love with the UK when we played the Download festival & toured with Lacuna Coil a few years back.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We just want to thank all our fans & supporters because none of this would be possible if it wasn't for them! We love you more than you know.

What else is in store for Straight Line Stitch for the rest of 2015?

Touring, music video, new music, & a whole lot more! We plan on keeping busy...


The upcoming 'Transparency' EP is to be released on 30th June through Pavement Entertainment!

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