Interview: Abnorm

Your song, “Everything Temporary”, is your second release that follows the gem “Citrus”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
Everything Temporary’ (E.T.) started as a feeling we couldn’t quite describe. The feeling that one day the things we loved were no longer going to be there and how everything comes to an end eventually. We started writing it together about 2 years ago and as the pandemic hit, it definitely took on a new meaning. E.T. evolved alongside us as a band. To us, it’s definitely more of an apocalyptic view of the world, and our survival being key to our success.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
So far we’ve been compared to classic woman-fronted rock bands like Paramore, Wolf Alice and The Cranberries. But as a band we listen to an extensive range of artists. Alex (our drummer) is obsessed with Radiohead, Abbie (frontwoman) lives for indie-rock bands, Krzysztof (bassist) is our resident metalhead, Jamie (lead guitarist) has much more of a niche, refined musical palette and Matthew (rhythm guitarist) is a massive Swifty (Taylor Swift fan). All of us combined make Abnorm, the alt-rock band.

What have been band highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
We weren’t expecting such a massive response to our debut single ‘Citrus’, but we’ve had loads of people complimenting us on it and we were ecstatic for the BBC Introducing North East spin. We really appreciated the response we got for it. We’re hoping to get you all boogying again to our new single ‘Everything Temporary’ when we get to play it live.

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
We would have to say: Take That, Phil Collins or Stereophonics because our mums would love the free tickets.

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
Shoutout to a few of our favourite local female-fronted bands: Hivemind, Not Now Norman, Bigfatbig, Picnic, Martha, Cat Ryan, Twist Helix and Venus Grrrls, who are all making great music and you should check them out.

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