Around two years ago (yikes!) I interviewed up-and-coming Irish band The Candela Ways about their new EP. A lot has changed since then, and this time it is bass player Joel Harkin and his friend Chris Toye who have a new EP released.  The EP, Pleasure in Leaving, is a compilation of eight songs, four songs by each artist. It has a relaxed and chilled-out feeling, something that you could listen to before you go to bed or on a long journey. Their rough voices have a true gritty tone that makes their incredible talent sound effortless. My favourite songs on the EP are number 2, The Tide and number five, Never Be The Same Again. I spoke to the boys to find out more about the record;

You two are both separate artists, what made you decide to work together on this EP?

Chris : We'd been playing together for a long time prior with gigging and busking, and, to be honest, it was never "I think I'll record an EP", but was always "We really should record an EP"

Joel: For me, it was more appealing to release an EP together but stay as separate artists rather than form a band and make an EP because we have complete creative control on how we want our tracks to turn out. Also because bands often fall out and break up and I never want that to happen with Chris and I.
Do you think that working together made the process of creating the EP easier or harder? 
Chris: There were elements of each, like it may have been harder when it came to deciding on track listing, production etc., but at the same time there was someone else saying when something wasn't working or how to improve it. At the end of the day, it was less a case of what would be easier than what would be better. 
Joel: We wrote our songs separately and this made things very easy from a writing point of view. We've never been able to write together we just end up goofing off and chatting but the production was good working together. Production was great though the first 4 tracks we did we sat up all night recording and producing. I don’t think I would have been able to sit up all night producing unless I had someone to chat to and produce with me!
What is your favourite track that each other has written on the EP?
Chris: If you had asked while we were recording I would have said Siobhan in New York, but having listened back to all of the tracks it has to be Meredith, because it's probably just as fun to play live, while it's a lot more lyrically developed than SINY.
Joel: Has to be “Roses Pt. 2”. It’s a really beautiful song. Great lyrics and the recording of it turned out really delicate. It makes me happy whenever I hear it!
What do you feel you've both learned from making this EP? Would you do anything differently?
Chris: I've learned that you should write the full song before you start recording! Ideally I'd like to have a wider variety of instruments on my own tracks, and maybe more developed ideas on Joel's tracks, but at the same time I don't want anything on my tracks that I couldn't do by myself.
Joel: Not to stay up all night recording probably! Everything sounded great when we were exhausted at 4 in the morning and then you wake up and say to yourself “What the hell is that?".
If you could write an EP or an album with any artist or band, who would it be and why?
Chris: Hmmm, there are a lot I would like to record with- Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, or Foy Vance, but if I was only allowed one, I think it would have to be In Their Thousands (they would be freaked out if they read this actually), because while I almost definitely couldn't adding anything of note to any of their tracks, they could play things on mine that I could never dream of playing. A couple of years ago I played Roses (Part 2) along with 3 of them, without practising together beforehand, and the added melodic lines are the basis for a lot of the music on that track on the EP recording
Joel: Tallest Man On Earth, Shakey Graves, Meredith Godreau of Gregory and the Hawk are all contenders but definitely Bright Eyes would be the number one choice. Song writing with Conor Oberst, recording and producing with Mike Mogis and watching Nate Walcott arrange orchestral instruments ('cause I don’t know a thing about it) would be an unreal experience!
Previously you have mentioned that you feel inspired by other artists and bands from Donegal, do you think that they have inspired this EP as well as your own personal work?
Chris: Most definitely. 'The Tide' contains 3 references to local musicians, and a lot of my songs contain some form of allusion, especially to In Their Thousands, Joel and Gabriel Blake. The amount of amazing EPs by local acts definitely influenced my decision to record and even the way I write my own music.
Joel: Aye for sure! I go to these local band’s gigs and come out of them completely inspired, thinking “Aw that was such a great gig, i gotta write more, gotta write a song like that last one, wow, amazing”. Apollo Six, Jamaican Vampires, Mojo Gogo, In Their Thousands, The Capitol, Gabriel Blake, Brendan McGlynn, Heads of State; all of these bands and artists are incredible and I can safely say that each of them have influenced me either lyrically, musically or during production. I recommend checking out all of them! Listen to the bands and artists in the Donegal music scene and you won’t be disappointed!
The EP Pleasure in Leaving is out now and can be purchased from Itunes or Bandcamp.
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Around two years ago (yikes!) I interviewed up-and-coming Irish band The Candela Ways about their new EP. A lot has changed since then, and this time it is bass player Joel Harkin and his friend Chris Toye who have a new EP released.  The EP, Pleasure in Leaving, is a compilation of eight songs, four songs by each artist. It has a relaxed and chilled-out feeling, something that you could listen to before you go to bed or on a long journey. Their rough voices have a true gritty tone that makes their incredible talent sound effortless. My favourite songs on the EP are number 2, The Tide and number five, Never Be The Same Again. I spoke to the boys to find out more about the record;

You two are both separate artists, what made you decide to work together on this EP?

Chris : We'd been playing together for a long time prior with gigging and busking, and, to be honest, it was never "I think I'll record an EP", but was always "We really should record an EP"

Joel: For me, it was more appealing to release an EP together but stay as separate artists rather than form a band and make an EP because we have complete creative control on how we want our tracks to turn out. Also because bands often fall out and break up and I never want that to happen with Chris and I.
Do you think that working together made the process of creating the EP easier or harder? 
Chris: There were elements of each, like it may have been harder when it came to deciding on track listing, production etc., but at the same time there was someone else saying when something wasn't working or how to improve it. At the end of the day, it was less a case of what would be easier than what would be better. 
Joel: We wrote our songs separately and this made things very easy from a writing point of view. We've never been able to write together we just end up goofing off and chatting but the production was good working together. Production was great though the first 4 tracks we did we sat up all night recording and producing. I don’t think I would have been able to sit up all night producing unless I had someone to chat to and produce with me!
What is your favourite track that each other has written on the EP?
Chris: If you had asked while we were recording I would have said Siobhan in New York, but having listened back to all of the tracks it has to be Meredith, because it's probably just as fun to play live, while it's a lot more lyrically developed than SINY.
Joel: Has to be “Roses Pt. 2”. It’s a really beautiful song. Great lyrics and the recording of it turned out really delicate. It makes me happy whenever I hear it!
What do you feel you've both learned from making this EP? Would you do anything differently?
Chris: I've learned that you should write the full song before you start recording! Ideally I'd like to have a wider variety of instruments on my own tracks, and maybe more developed ideas on Joel's tracks, but at the same time I don't want anything on my tracks that I couldn't do by myself.
Joel: Not to stay up all night recording probably! Everything sounded great when we were exhausted at 4 in the morning and then you wake up and say to yourself “What the hell is that?".
If you could write an EP or an album with any artist or band, who would it be and why?
Chris: Hmmm, there are a lot I would like to record with- Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, or Foy Vance, but if I was only allowed one, I think it would have to be In Their Thousands (they would be freaked out if they read this actually), because while I almost definitely couldn't adding anything of note to any of their tracks, they could play things on mine that I could never dream of playing. A couple of years ago I played Roses (Part 2) along with 3 of them, without practising together beforehand, and the added melodic lines are the basis for a lot of the music on that track on the EP recording
Joel: Tallest Man On Earth, Shakey Graves, Meredith Godreau of Gregory and the Hawk are all contenders but definitely Bright Eyes would be the number one choice. Song writing with Conor Oberst, recording and producing with Mike Mogis and watching Nate Walcott arrange orchestral instruments ('cause I don’t know a thing about it) would be an unreal experience!
Previously you have mentioned that you feel inspired by other artists and bands from Donegal, do you think that they have inspired this EP as well as your own personal work?
Chris: Most definitely. 'The Tide' contains 3 references to local musicians, and a lot of my songs contain some form of allusion, especially to In Their Thousands, Joel and Gabriel Blake. The amount of amazing EPs by local acts definitely influenced my decision to record and even the way I write my own music.
Joel: Aye for sure! I go to these local band’s gigs and come out of them completely inspired, thinking “Aw that was such a great gig, i gotta write more, gotta write a song like that last one, wow, amazing”. Apollo Six, Jamaican Vampires, Mojo Gogo, In Their Thousands, The Capitol, Gabriel Blake, Brendan McGlynn, Heads of State; all of these bands and artists are incredible and I can safely say that each of them have influenced me either lyrically, musically or during production. I recommend checking out all of them! Listen to the bands and artists in the Donegal music scene and you won’t be disappointed!
The EP Pleasure in Leaving is out now and can be purchased from Itunes or Bandcamp.
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